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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; First Edition edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802797458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802797452
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,747,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Definitely an interesting read.
Rachel Norris
The stark subject of the story is balanced with a fluid writing style that keeps you turning the pages and hoping for the best.
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This book taught me everything I know today about love, loss, hope, and preparing for the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Hunt on 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 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By raisa on October 15, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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. This book teaches you about how to help other people and not just yourself, and also how one kid can change everything.
I really liked all the characters in the book of Exodus.
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