Lina Mayfleet - A twelve-year-old orphan who is living with her grandmother and younger sister and who is one of the first to discover a way out of the city.
Doon Harrow - A twelve-year-old who insists the city is in danger and that something has to be done about it, he is one of the first to find a way out of the city.
Poppy Mayfleet - Lina's baby sister.
Clary - The keeper of the greenhouses.
Granny - Lina's grandmother.
Mayor Cole - The leader of Ember, he has become corrupted by greed.
Mrs. Murdo - The woman who lives near Lina's family and who takes Poppy and Lina in when their grandmother dies.
Lizzie - A girl in Lina's class, she is assigned to the supply depot as her job.
Looper Windly - The man who owns a store and who is stealing items...
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