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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Julie Bertagna / Edition: New edition / Paperback / 352 Pages / Book is published 2003-06-06 by Young Picador

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      28.02.2011 21:37
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      Imaginative and thought-provoking, Exodus is a truly riveting read

      So I literally started this last night and stayed up late to finish it! Exodus is probably a book that I wouldn't have picked up usually, because I'm not hugely into fantasy. I'm glad I read it because even though I'm not a huge fan because the novel covered so many other genres, including history, technology, futurology (that's a word..right?) and something very close to my heart (does that sound cheesy?), poetry. It's the year 2100. Our protagonist is Mara Bell and she lives on the island of Wing, which is gradually drowning because of the floods. After meeting a strange cyber 'fox' in her Cyberwiz (which is like a sort of computer/virtual world-thingy) Mara convinces everyone to move to another island, the New World, because it's clear that it's not long until the whole of Wing is flooded and the inhabitants wiped out. But once they get there, it turns out that there's too many people there already and Mara must suffer watching her neighbours slowly die out of hunger, and then there's the problem that she was separated from her parents, and her little brother. She's decided she needs to do something, and fast, because she can't sit and be witness to the death of her best friend. And so Mara sets of on an adventure to get help. On her way, she meets with a group of people called the 'Treenesters' and is introduced to a prophecy involving none other than herself.. The start was quite slow for me, and I have to admit that before I actually sat down properly to read it yesterday, I'd read the first page on several occasions and could not get into it. Since I got the book about a month ago, I was pretty excited to read it because it sounded different from anything I'd read before and I'd heard that it was something really special. But about one hundred pages in..I was wondering if this was the same book everybody was talking about. However, I had to continue reading, because I was determined to find the best in Exodus. Come the second half of the book, things started to get a little exciting..it was like somebody had waved a magic wand, because there was this.. spark in the atmosphere and I found I couldn't take my eyes away from the page. I have to give credit to Bertagna where credit is due, because she presents us with some of the most extraordinary settings and descriptions, even though some of it it at the beginning might have been what put me off. Her depiction of the world that is struggling to survive in such extreme conditions is fascinating, it made me think about what could quite possibly be us in a number of years, you never actually know. Mara is confident and clever, but she doesn't notice these qualities in herself, instead believing that she is a bit self-centred because it was her actions that caused some of the horrible events to occur in the book. There was a lot hanging on her shoulders, but it it took was her to have faith in herself and her actions to relieve that tension; and I'm happy to say that Mara became stronger throughout the course of the book and it really showed. The characters were all very well-developed, and extremely likeable, especially Gorbal! He was a funny one! And Fox..hmm..I would have liked to get to know him a little better though, since Mara and him were in love with each other. Exodus is a brilliant self-discovery story; imaginative and thought-provoking, a truly riveting read. Looking forward to reading Zenith!

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        27.02.2011 20:15

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        Exodus is a gripping book. It is a memorable book. I could not put it down. But sometimes describes too much and there is not much action. Mara's island is drowning. Is there any hope for the people of Wing? She meets a mysterious fox in the weave. He tells her of a forgotten town in the sky. Will they get there? I would recommend this book to girls 11+! This is a book you must read! I rate it 4.5 stars!

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        27.02.2011 15:03

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        Exodus is a gripping book. It is a memorable book. I could not put it down. But sometimes describes too much and there is not much action. Mara's island is drowning. Is there any hope for the people of Wing? She meets a mysterious fox in the weave. He tells her of a forgotten town in the sky. Will they get there? I would recommend this book to girls 11+! This is a book you must read! I rate it 4.5 stars!

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        22.02.2011 16:13

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        Excellent book!

        Exodus is set in the year 2099, when the Earth has all but drowned and only a few islands remain habitable. Mara is confined to her fast-disappearing island home of Wing, which is ravaged by fierce storms and an ever-dwindling supply of food, and where every night she escapes into a virtual world known as the Weave. One night, she discovers 'proof' of the mythical Sky Cities - entire cities that rose into the sky and kept their inhabitants safe from the flooded world below - and sets about convincing everyone of their existence, keeping secret the fact that she only discovered their existence from a talking fox, who may or may not be an enemy... She convinces the community to set sail on a terrifyingly dangerous journey to find these Sky Cities; but what will they find there? I really wasn't sure about this book at first - the blurb made it sound a teensy bit corny and when I started reading it, there wasn't much of a story (in fact, the story doesn't really kick off until about 75 pages to the end) and the present tense in which it is written takes a bit of getting used to - but I was intrigued by this incredibly detailed future that Bertagna had created and was interested to know what would happen when the story did kick off; and boy, am I glad I did! Not to say that there was no story before the 'pick up the pace' point - the book was beautifully written throughout and those pages were quite vital to the plot of the story, as well as essential in making connections with the characters in the book. The characters are all really well developed and you genuinely care about them when horrible things happen to them. You also really feel for them and their situation - after all, the book in set just 90 years away, in a world that struggles to survive because of extreme flooding; a world that is frighteningly likely to happen and it could be our great-grandchildren that live in the nightmare-world, making it an eye-opening, powerful read. An exceedingly beautifully written and thought-provoking read. I cannot wait to read the rest of the trilogy!

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        13.02.2011 12:48

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        I enjoyed it, but I LOVED it when the pace picked up on page 256

        Mara's island home is drowning as the ice caps melt and Earth loses its land to the ocean. But one night, in the ruined virtual world of the Weave, Mara meets the mysterious Fox - a fiery eyed boy who tells her of the sky cities that rise from the sea. Mara sets sail on a daring journey to find a new life for herself and her friends - instead she discovers a love that threatens to tear her apart... Well. Wow, this book is amazingly different to anything I've ever read before. It is set 89 years into the future- 2100 and it is a fantasy about what might happen if the ice caps melt, and...well. It's an interesting book. I haven't quite decided if it makes my favourites list yet, because for me, it was a very slow starting book, the story really starts for me on page 256, and thats abotu a fifth of a way to the end. Don't get me wrong, the chapters and chapters before were good and it was important to have them in the book so that the reader could understand what had gone on in the past and the journey Mara undertakes, but for me the story picks its pace up and I start to get sucked in at page 256. My heart goes out to Mara, and all the characters really, It must be awful to live in a world that has to resort to olden times to survive because there is no communication between the tiny islands that didn't go under, and every year the sea creeps up closer and closer to their houses and village while there are people living in the sky cities caring only for their own life now that they are safe. Mara moves from place to place quite quickly, trying desperately to find a way to save her friends and get into the Sky City. When she does get in, she searches for the young fox she once met deep into the cyber world of the Weave. The characters are well developed, there are twists and turns I do not expect and truth be told, once the action started I was hooked. When it ended, I went straight onto the internet to find the sequel. I do not know whether it will be a trilogy, but I know there is a second book out already and the third due out in June of this year, so I cannot wait to continue to read of Mara's process, the love she found and how it develops when they are so far apart while she is still fighting to save her friends once more.

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        04.06.2009 18:09

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        Mara is a normal young girl living in the future of our wasted planet. It could happen to us all.

        Exodus is a really special find. The book talks about the nature of humans and our nialhistic behaviour. Basically, it shows us - the generation that is causing the problem - that we will inevitably force the destruction of our future grandchildren and so on. This book is very interesting because we always think of the future as moving forward, and actually, in Julie Bertagna's view, humans will regress and be forced to live at sea, if at all. Mara, the main character in the book, is forced to leave her island and in search of any remaining land on Earth. It's a very epic tale. Mara is soon confronted with the knowledge that her arrival has been foreseen and she is the one to save them all from the ever growing seas. What i like about this book most is that you can interpret the meaning of it yourself. And in my view, this book is a warning for us all.

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        15.05.2009 18:21
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        A really great read for today's problems

        Exodus follows the tale of Mara, an islander in 2050, when the world has been flooded. She braces frequent storms and a terrifying life, knowing that one day, her island would drown. Through an ancient gadget called a Cyberwizz, she finds out there are Sky Cities, built to withstand rising waters, and sets on a trail to save her whole island from death, but realises Mankind has become a cruel and hateful species. Through the many people she meets, she realises how the world has changed, and the importance of wisdom through age, and her journey takes her to heights she'd never expected, being a a true heroine! I was extremely attracted to this book by its simple, yet stylish and extravagant front cover. The font in gold makes this eye catching and interesting. Once i started reading, i was not disappointed by the content, as it draws you into a story of great depth and intrigue! The story, being about global warming and the future, is one i can certainly relate to and it sends a deep, yet shocking message to all readers: If we continue our lives this way, we will only suffer the consequences in out old age and so will the future generations. Materialism, greed and sheer determination for survival might be the evil that will kill us all. The book can be purchased for less than £5 online, and i have read this twice, loving it both times!

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