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Exodus [Kindle Edition]

Julie Bertagna
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Less than a hundred years from now, the world as we know it no longer exists. Cities have disappeared beneath the sea, technology no longer functions, and human civilization has reverted to a much more primitive state

On an isolated northern island, the people of Wing are trying to hold onto their way of life-even as the sea continues to claim precious acres and threatens to claim their very lives.

Only fifteen-year-old Mara has the vision and the will to lead her people in search of a new beginning in this harsh, unfamiliar world.

This compelling and powerful story set in the near future will hit home with teens, especially those who are ever more aware of the increasingly controversial climate crisis we face in our world today.

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About the Author

Julie Bertagna started her career as a teacher and freelance feature writer for major Scottish newspapers and has established a reputation as an author of powerful and original fiction for young people. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and daughter. Visit her Web site at

Product Details

  • File Size: 2050 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802797458
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (April 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00509W8XS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book August 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is a decent young adult novel. I'm an adult who read it and some of the pages were a little young for me, but all-in-all the story was captivating. I was curious to see what became of the characters.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exodus June 23, 2004
A Kid's Review
Exodus is one of the best, most exiting books that I have ever read (and believe me, I've read quite a few). It is set in the year 2100 and in it, young Mara Bell, from the island of Wing (a lonely island that loses more and more of its land to the hungry ocean every year) sets out on a truly terrific journey to save her people (and then later the Treenesters and the slaves) and to find them a new place to live. In her fantastic journey she meets many new friends like the young orphan who she names Wing, after her drowned island, Gorbals, the Treenester and Fox, her greatest friend. However, she also makes many enemies, like Tony Rex the rook, Pollock Halfgood and, in a way, Caledon, the Grand Father of All. There are several unexpected twists and a brilliant, if heart-wrenching, ending. I am eagerly hoping for a sequel to come out. However I'm not giving anything else away so you'll have to read it yourself to find out what happens!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mmm... January 19, 2009
By Marly Z
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading this book immensley although I couldn't help but feel it was somewhat poorly written.
The plot is very interesting, it is about a girl named Mara who's island is sinking into the ocean due to the effects of global warming (this story is set in the future) and it is almost frightening to see what the world may oneday become.
But I still think that the beginning of this book contained too much detail and the end had very little.
I got slightly bored of this book after a few chapters and was about to give up on it if a friend hadn't advised me against it and although I am glad I have read the book, I still think it lacks her emotion, feelings and realism.
Yes, I realise it's set in the future and I have to use my imagination but it wasn't the global warming that bothered me, it was the lack of deepness in the book.
Saying that, it was a fun read and I am sure, had this story been written with more care and emotion, this would have been a classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A soulful, dreamlike adventure October 15, 2012
By raisa
Where has this book been hiding? Exodus is a hidden gem of Young Adult dystopian fiction. Based on the description, I anticipated a story of an agonizingly slow decline on a drowning island (along the lines of Life As We Knew It). But while the story begins with mundane and familiar family life, Mara's adventure spans worlds of all colors and textures: A death-sodden refugee camp. A sterile sky-city (reminiscent of the Starliner in Wall-E). A shadowy netherworld, where seedlings of life take root amid the refuse. A fantastical cyberworld with a literal "marketplace of ideas."

Like the best of the genre, Exodus is both imaginative and profound. The future technology is inventive but believable, as is the geology of the flooded Earth. While this does have some naïveté of younger fiction ("steal a uniform, so we can sneak around in disguise,") Bertagna depicts intense emotions with sophistication (including death, despair and sensual love). Most importantly, the view from a failing, future world resonates with provocative insights (and irony) about our own time. The privileged are blind to the exploitation of outsiders. Virtual connections outweigh human ones. Survival is entwined with selfishness. And of course, the idea that the fixtures of our own world -- cars, agriculture, democracy -may not be permanent. This is up there with Uglies as far as clever and absorbing YA dystopia. I'm off to read the sequel!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Here we go again... November 1, 2008
Ah, here we go again. People loading a book up with 5 star reviews. 5 stars means best of the best, people. Average? 3 stars...and that's what I'm giving this book.

I really wanted to love this book...really wanted to...tried to...couldn't. I love reading books (YA and adult alike) that deal with a changed world. I find the premise interesting, and always a little eerie(in a good way).

But how were all those refugees managing to survive in the that camp outside of New Mungo's city walls?

If the citizens of New Mungo were as heartless as they were portrayed, why didn't they simply use their gun boats to push them away or gun them all down?

Why in all this time would only a fifteen-year-old girl discover the usefulness of the cyberwizz and the weave.

I also was annoyed at how the New Mungo citizens were some lifeless lump of meat concerned only with the present, and completely close-minded to all things in the past. If this dude, what's his name...Caledon had an office full of books, why would he create a world so devoid of them?

And the names...god, the names were so stupid. Gorbals? I laughed everytime I read that one.

Sorry...I tried.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed October 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm torn between 2 and 3 stars for this book. I did like it but there were some major flaws that hindered my enjoyment of the book.

The premise is an interesting one - what if the entire earth were flooded because the polar ice caps melted? The story is an interesting one and the plot moves along pretty nicely.

There were quite a few things I did not like, however. The dialogue was pretty horrible. Lots of gasping and whining and such. Some pretty cheesy exchanges. Also, within the plot there were a lot of unbelievable coincidences. The protagonist whines about how difficult things are and how she doesn't know how she will proceed. Then, voila! Something happens that makes everything ok. There are also a few references made to the fact that there are no women in charge and no women "dreamers." These references to women's rights really felt out of place. That facet of the story was never fleshed out so these mentions seem distracting rather than a real piece of the plot. They were unnecessary. If this was something that the author really wanted to explore she should have made it a larger part of the plot.

Overall, this book was ok. I liked it and really enjoyed parts of it but cannot rate it higher because of the issues stated above. I think most adults reading this would agree with me. However, tweens and young teens may rate this much higher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Different cover than i was expecting but i still like the novel:)
Published 2 months ago by Haley
3.0 out of 5 stars Well.........
I know that I never read the long reviews so I will try to keep it short.

This is a story about a girl named Mara who lives on an island in he future. Read more
Published on December 4, 2012 by E. Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Exodus - a movie?
I loved this book from the first time I read it. I have read it many times since and the more I read it the more I want to tell the story to others. Read more
Published on May 3, 2012 by Heather
1.0 out of 5 stars Not interesting
I read a review about how book this book is and how it was going to be the next "hunger games" so I read it. I must say that I am truly disappointed! Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by Azul
5.0 out of 5 stars Victoria, Australia
I think that this book Exodus is such a good book that all ages can read it, even if you`re only 9 like me. Read more
Published on April 17, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I loved this book. It makes you think about what we're doing to our planet & what it may be like in the future. Definitely an interesting read.
Published on November 18, 2009 by Rachel Norris
5.0 out of 5 stars Exodus
Sea levels are rising, which panics the residents of Wing, a small island in the North Atlantic. Fifteen-year-old Mara Bell has explored the Weave, and learned of a New World:... Read more
Published on August 4, 2009 by Tez Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
What if everything you've heard about global warming is true -- and we haven't done enough to change the course of events? Read more
Published on April 21, 2008 by TeensReadToo
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