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* To those who don't know, the third book centers around people in a certain town interpreting the mumblings of a comatose woman as instructions by God -- anyone who doesn't abide by the mumblings gets a bracelet slapped on them that emits constant noise until they agree to stop the unwanted behavior. This seems to be done entirely outside of the law, as the one time we see it happen, the preteen kid pretty much gets ambushed by a small group of ordinary civilians. It doesn't seem like dictating behavior according to a supposed religious prophet should be legal, and it ''definitely'' doesn't seem like slapping noisemakers onto people if they don't comply would be legal, so why didn't anyone consider reaching out to the authorities, on the state level if not locally?
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** True, but the issue is that all those lightbulbs were left back in Ember; they had to mount an expedition back some time later to go and get them all, and only did so using a way back underground that Lina and Doon only happened to find. If the Builders were counting on the Emberites bringing some technology with them, they might've thought to mention it in the original Instructions.


** See the folder called "Riding out". It's subtly implied that the path with the wooden rail system was the one that was used to ferry the first Emberites into the city and wasn't supposed to be used again after that. Besides, wood that's completely submerged allegedly does not decompose as quickly as wood that's exposed to oxygen and such. And since it's the water bearing the weight of the boat anyway, I don't see why the wooden chute would be more likely to collapse as the boat went down it than it was before or after.



** The ride out was so tumultuous because Doon and Lina were forced down a wrong path partway through. The river came to a fork at one point, with one direction leading through an obviously man-made tunnel that they were supposed to go through. The problem was that their steering mechanism broke off before they could turn that way, so their boat got swept down the other, less-stable path.
(Possibly the one that was used to reach Ember in the first place.) All they needed to do is mention this in the note for the rest of the Emberites and they'll all know to follow the proper course.

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** The ride out was so tumultuous because Doon and Lina were forced down a wrong path partway through. The river came to a fork at one point, with one direction leading through an obviously man-made tunnel that they were supposed to go through. The problem was that their steering mechanism broke off before they could turn that way, so their boat got swept down the other, less-stable path. \n (Possibly the one that was used to reach Ember in the first place.) All they needed to do is mention this in the note for the rest of the Emberites and they'll all know to follow the proper course.


** Lina says something to Doon during the boat ride about taking a path leading to the right - I couldn't see what was going on very well due to the lighting and the disorienting camera shots...but I'm pretty sure had they gone to the right, the river would've taken them to a less-tumultuous way out...though how Lina can tell that before even seeing where it leads, I'm not sure. In any case, Doon ends up breaking the steering mechanism that controls the rudder, so they end up taking the bumpy ride out. I presume they included this in the note they dropped back down toward the city.

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** The ride out was so tumultuous because Doon and Lina says something to Doon during the boat ride about taking were forced down a wrong path partway through. The river came to a fork at one point, with one direction leading to the right - I couldn't see what was going on very well due to the lighting and the disorienting camera shots...but I'm pretty sure had through an obviously man-made tunnel that they gone were supposed to the right, the river would've taken them to a less-tumultuous way out...though how Lina can tell go through. The problem was that before even seeing where it leads, I'm not sure. In any case, Doon ends up breaking the their steering mechanism broke off before they could turn that controls way, so their boat got swept down the rudder, so other, less-stable path.
(Possibly the one that was used to reach Ember in the first place.) All
they end up taking the bumpy ride out. I presume they included needed to do is mention this in the note they dropped back down toward for the city.rest of the Emberites and they'll all know to follow the proper course.


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* Another grand idea would've been to have an alarm sound when the box opened; that way it wouldn't have gone unnoticed even by Lina's family.


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** I don't think they knew the city would be underground, though.

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*** Also, the evacuation took longer in the book because the person who found the note showed it first to the mayor and then waited for days for him to announce it before they did so themselves. (The mayor tried to escape first and ended up falling into the river.) In the film, the mayor is already dead due to having been eaten by that mole, so Loris won't have to waste so much time going to him with the note.


*** They hadn't run out of food yet, and they aren't shown to have any weapons, especially not ones that would be useful against a huge, vicious mole who lurks primarily in the dark and away from people.



** I guess some of the Sparks could teach them or had taught them?

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** I guess some of the Sparks residents could teach them or had taught them?


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** Right, but the box was still in an accessible place, where each new mayor would be able to find it. There's still the potential for it to be lost, true, but it's a safer plan than letting each mayor carry it with them wherever they go.

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** Why not eat the giant moles?

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*** Just as likely the copper in the phone lines was stripped for repairs to the power grid as wiring supplies ran out. Phones were a luxury, but power is life.

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** The water wheel is a movie invention, the book version just has the characters riding downstream, and it's not clear that the river was quite that wild when the city was built.
** The rooms aren't as secret as they appear to be- the instructions are quite clear on how to get them, they're just tucked out of the way where people won't stumble on them. If the mayor had read the instructions and led the city as they were supposed to, it would have been a relatively simple task.

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* The book implied that the room where the mayor hoarded all of his food was actually his office, which is described at one point as being in the basement of the gathering hall. The film, though, shows his office as being a separate room and that he has to go down into the Pipeworks in order to access the hoard. But if he has to do that every time, wouldn’t someone working in the Pipeworks have noticed him before?
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** They did. Just running the town's ambient light involves hundreds of bulbs, all of the houses are electrically-lit, and we hear (or read) people talking about light bulb shortages. The problem is that the Emberites overstayed their timeframe by a significant margin; the supplies that would have helped them transition had already been consumed keeping Crapsack Town limping along far past its design life.

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*** The book explicitly mentions that the Emberites take vitamins with their meals, so that's probably how they get their D.


*** Things got bad really fast at the end, basically, and it's amazing anybody got out. (I believe it's made clear in the fourth book that some people didn't, in fact, get out in all the chaos.)
*** Not to mention, most of the technology was either too big (stoves, fridges, etc.), and even what wasn't would've been useless without electricity to power it. They didn't have any portable forms of light, remember?

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*** ** Things got bad really fast at the end, basically, and it's amazing anybody got out. (I believe it's made clear in the fourth book that some people didn't, in fact, get out in all the chaos.)
*** ** Not to mention, most of the technology was either too big (stoves, fridges, etc.), and even what wasn't would've been useless without electricity to power it. They didn't have any portable forms of light, remember?remember?
** In the fourth book, they actually mount an expedition back to Ember to gather what's left of its resources - and since they have the diamonds that can convert sunlight into electricity, that includes things like lightbulbs.

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