The Prophet of Yonwood (Book of Ember #3)
As the people of Yonwood scramble to make sense of the woman’s mysterious utterances, Nickie explores the oddities she finds around town—her great-grandfather’s peculiar journals and papers, a reclusive neighbor who studies the heavens, a strange boy who is fascinated with snakes—all while keeping an eye out for ways to help the world. Is this vision her chance? Or is it already too late to avoid a devastating war?
In this prequel to the acclaimed The City of Ember and The People of Sparks, Jeanne DuPrau investigates how, in a world that seems out of control, hope and comfort can be found in the strangest of places.
This book started off pretty slow and boring, but it got better. There were certain parts of the book where too much was going on at once, but all in all it is a nice tie in with the previous two books of this series. Nickie is going with her aunt to her great grandfathers house in Yonwood to get it ready to sell. Nickie wants to keep the house, it is big and old, but her aunt and mother prefer to sell it. Nickie has a list: She wants to fall in love, she wants to keep the house in her family, and she wants to do something good for the world. The world is on the verge of a major war and a prophet in Yonwood had a vision of major destruction. After the vision, the prophet falls ill and noone is allowed to see her except a couple of people who take what the prophet sees and tells the townspeople what to do. Nickie meets a boy named Grover who likes snakes. They befriend eachother. There are other small players like creepy Hoyt McCoy and religious Mrs. Beeson, who is one of the prophets major mouthpieces. When Nickie and Grover start questioning whether the prophet is right and what to do about the "rules" Mrs. Beeson places on the town. Will there be a full out war? Are the prophets visions/words correct? Does Nickie do everything that is on her list? It all comes together in unexpected ways and the ending ties it all quite nicely with The City of Ember.