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Exodus [Kindle Edition]

Julie Bertagna
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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...a miracle of a novel... it is written in stark, simple prose and uses an imaginatively created world to look at our own problems. -- The Guardian (G2), 21 August 02

...largely set in a Glasgow of the future... (Mara's) independence of spirit and mind insist that this is the way to survive. -- Shelflife, Summer 02

...thrilling and thought-provoking in equal measure... It's a novel of hope and survival. -- The Guardian, 20 July 02

Exodus is thrilling an thought-provoking in equal measure... It's a novel of hope and survival. -- Guardian Unlimited Website, August 02

This is a fantastic novel... -- The Bookseller, 19 July 02

The Bookseller, 19 July 02

This is a fantastic novel...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 701 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 033039908X
  • Publisher: Young Picador; New Ed edition (9 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GGSTBM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,708 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Books as good as this are rare 5 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was sceptical about buying this book at first, i am glad i did because this is a truly amazing story that makes you sit back and think about what global warming could lead to and the atrocity it would be on humankind.
This book is divided into three sections all of which follow the main heroine - Mara in her quest to find a place for her and her family and friends to live.
While her own island is drowning, Mara finds out about new miraculous cities built out of the ocean and into the sky. Her and her family set out in overcrowded fishing boats to find these cities in hope for survival. Things don't go to plan and end up with Mara losing many of her loved ones.
As they arrive in New Mungo (the new city in the sky) Mara and the rest of the people on her island find themselves in a huge boat camp of refugees wanting to get into the city. With the risk of being taken as slaves into the city, dying of starvation or being shot by the sea police, Mara manages to escape and into the Netherworld of the city.
It is from here that she meets Treenesters who are human but have adapted to live in trees away from the sea. Mara is befriended by these and it is here where she finds out about potential land in Greenland.
It is when her two best friends - Gorbels and Wing are taken as slaves by the sea plice that mara decides to get into the New world in the disguise as a police officer to save them and help aid with her plan to get to Greenland along with the Treenesters and other refugees.
It is here where she meets David aka Fox and they both fall in love and it is with his help that Mara can carry through her plan. Mara and David cannot stay together though...
This is a truly amazing story which is intertwined with fantasy and areas that could most certainly happen to earth if something isn't done now.
The characters are truly lovely characters and so believable.
I recommend this book 100%
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleak but uplifting view of the future 21 Sep 2002
Format:Paperback
This book was recommended to me by my 12 year old daughter who insisted that I should read it. To keep her happy, I picked up the book - and couldn't put it down!
The author cleverly draws you into the story of Mara and her life in a world where the sea has risen dramatically and the future is bleak unless someone takes control. Once into the story, it is hard to shake off the feeling that all that is unfolding before you REALLY could happen unless everyone takes action to save our environment - not just a caring few.
I think that this book is an excellent way to bring home the issues of global warming and deforest-ation to older children. If only every child was made to read this book, then maybe the future of the planet would be in safer hands.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning! 2 Oct 2002
Format:Paperback
Having bought this book as a gift, I read it first to check its suitability (content, level of maturity etc). How glad I am!
This is a fabulous book - I cannot rate it highly enough. It proved impossible to put down and gripped from start to finish.
The story is beautifully written, enthralling and inspiring. It contains a number of important issues that are bang up to date, set in a futuristic context, such as the type of world/society we are building, refugees, the ways in which humans treat each other and above all a hope for the future. It was thought-provoking and challenging, whilst telling a cracking good story.
If you have children of 12 years upwards, I would recommend it. If not, buy it for yourself!
I cannot wait to read more from this author.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing book... 23 Nov 2002
By Susy
Format:Paperback
I read this book in under a day and in that day it completely took over my thoughts. I kept thinking I wonder what will happen to her. All my friends told me to shut up.
It is about a girl called Mara. It is set in the future when global warming is at its best. Her island, Wing Island, has been flooded and is almost drowned. All her friends and family say that there is no chance and that they will surely drown. She discovers that land does exist despite her community's believe that it does not. She leaves her island and sets of on an intriguing journey of discoverey and bravery. She meets many different people and eventually falls in love.
It is a mind blowing story and I am completely in love with it. Please read it just to experience the same rush of emotion for Mara that I did, and do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars shame theres no sequel 3 July 2004
Format:Paperback
this is a brilliant book.
it's all about a girl called Mara. her island (Wing) is drowning due to global warming. shes convinced theres a 'new world' out there somewhere. she finds fox when she falls out of the 'Weave' and he tells her hes from 'new mungo'. she persuades her island to journey to this 'new mungo'. some dont make it and some that do blame her for the deaths of the others. she gets out of the refugee camp, thanks to the help of her new friend wing, who she named after her island. she gets into New Mungo and meets Fox in person and they fall in love. she hates this new world and asks him to help her.
it's all about adventure, love, loss and discovery.
its interesting to know one of the possibilitys that could happen in the future if we dont stop whats going on. it would have been nice for it to have a sequel and see what happens to them all.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXODUS 26 Nov 2003
Format:Paperback
This is a great book. It is based on a world in the future which has been drastically affected by global warming. Mara - the main character, lives on an island that is drowning but none of the inhabitants want to face up to the fact that the floods will not stop and that they will either have to leave or die. Mara finds out about the 'new world' These ar elike islands but are raised up off of the ground and close to the sky to escape flooding. She finds this out by searching cyberspace - a bit like the internet I would suppose. And she finds a Fox who tells her that he lives on a new world called 'New Mungo'. Eventually she manages to pursuade her island to leave and head there which tehy do but in the journey her family die. When she gets there she manages to sneak in with the help of her new urchin friend 'Wing' named after her lost island. She manages to get into the actual new mungo but finds that it wasn't what she had expected and she doesn't like it and plans to take the refugees to a new land that she has found. She manages tofind Fox and they fall in love. But even together will they be able to pull it off and will Mara be able to leave Fox?
This is a brilliant book. It really makes you think about the problem of Global warming and what affact it will have on the planet. It is a tale of Love, Loss, Adventure and Mystery. A brilliant read for anyone who is 12 and up!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Julie
All I can say is I need to read the rest of the series and thank you to Julie Bertagna
Published 9 months ago by wendy harris
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me!
Did not enjoy the first part and so could not get into the story. Win a few lose a few!
Published 9 months ago by father famine
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Children's Literature
Nice read. It's part of a trilogy of a post-apocalyptic water-world (which I didn't realise before buying but) I was interested enough to get the next two books.
Published 16 months ago by Peter
1.0 out of 5 stars A ridiculous confusing read!
I read this book for a teenage book club I co-ordinate thinking it was going to be exceptional. I could not have been more wrong. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Breda O'meara
3.0 out of 5 stars Teenage book - oldies beware!
I often get drawn in by fantastic movie trailers which turn out to be lacklustre films.

And I have the same problem with the 'trailer' on the back of a book. Read more
Published on 26 July 2012 by K. Jamison
1.0 out of 5 stars My mistake, didnt realize it was a child's novel
I only realized after I had bought this book that it was in fact a child's novel. And now I can see it says that with the publisher, however generally I do not look at this, and by... Read more
Published on 23 July 2012 by DAR
4.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated
So under-rated as a dystopian novel. Really interesting themes and a stong femal protagonist. I read this when i was 10 and absolutely loved it and although written for kids-early... Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine opening to a great dystopia trilogy!
In 2100, the floods have risen, conspiring with prolongued winters and massive long lasting storms to drive those last people who cling on to the land to let go and abandon the... Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by Kate
1.0 out of 5 stars THE FLOOD ?
This sounds like Noah's Flood and quite ridiculous. But with ungodly people so prevalent it's no wonder people think global warming or Armaggedon will end life on earth. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2012 by M. Lavender
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully repackaged classic of our time
I was pleased to see that Julie Bertagna's wonderful Exodus has been repackaged and reissued - I remember being bowled over by the book when it first came out some years ago now. Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2011 by Candy Gourlay
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