"In Doon's character,perhaps,DuPrau puts her finger on what draws many young readers to stories of dystopias. His is a predicament shared by many preadolescents: done with his childhood, Doon shudders at the broken society he must inherit, and cannot stand the apparent complacency of the adults around him. And what preadolescent isn't doomed, at least temporarily, to inhabit an emotional landscape of life-and-death urgency? Add in the dwindling resources and a corrupt city government, and the resemblance of DuPrau's fictional world to the reader's intensifies."DuPrau, Jeanne is the author of 'City of Ember', published 2003 under ISBN 9780375822735 and ISBN 0375822739.