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Length: 356 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 12 and up
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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 www.juliebertagna.com


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  • File Size: 750 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (April 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00509W8XS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A Kid's Review on June 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
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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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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By Marly Z on January 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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 presented...as 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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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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