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Exodus Paperback – Bargain Price, February 17, 2009
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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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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.
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!
This is a story about a girl named Mara who lives on an island in he future. The book is full of Mara's adventures from when she leaves the island because of the terrible flooding. Depending on what kinds of books you like you may either love or hate this book. If you are looking for something even a little romantic DO NOT read this (there is a LITTLE romance but it's pathetic). I thought the book was good but not great. The reviews I read were nothing like what the book was really like so just read the book or don't