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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; New Ed edition (4 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033039908X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330399081
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A miracle of a novel... a book you will remember for the rest of
your life. -- The Guardian

An ambitious, futuristic, environmental wake-up call. -- The Scotsman

Exodus and Zenith are like two chapters in some magnificent epic. -- Mark Fisher, Scotland On Sunday, February 18th 2007

Intellectually rigorous and bursting with humanity, this is a book
to read again and again. -- Sunday Herald

The most exciting book I've read all year. -- Mail on Sunday

From the Author

The stories that spark my imagination are about individuals
on the edge, on the cusp of change. I always begin with a stong sense of
landscape, or place. Exodus, and its sequel Zenith, are stories of an
imagined future but they are rooted in the here and now. In 1999, before
global warming hit the headlines, I read a heartbreaking snippet in a
newspaper about drowning islands in the South Pacific. To this day, the
world has ignored that cry for help from islanders at the mercy of rising
seas, but their plight haunted my imagination and inspired me to write the
story of a lost people searching for a new life in a devastated world. Now
global warming is, literally, the hottest topic of our time. It has gone
from a newspaper snippet to front page news. Exodus brought a passionate
response from readers who said they were gripped by a story that made them
stop and wonder about the future of human life on Earth.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug. 2003
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 By Mrs K Smith on 21 Sept. 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 By C. Atkin on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SJH @ A Dream of Books on 20 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was originally published in 2002. Macmillan have re-issued it in 2011 with a brand new cover design.

'Exodus' takes a giant leap into the future and is set in 2099 at a time when global warming has wreaked havoc on the planet and the melting of the polar icecaps has led to mass flooding and destruction. The story begins on the island of Wing which is in danger of being engulfed by the rising sea level. When the situation worsens the residents of the island have to set out to seek new land and a new life.

The story is told through the eyes of Mara who has never known a life beyond the one her and her family have led on Wing. One night when she is wizzing through the Weave (which seems to be a version of the web), she stumbles across a Fox who shows her evidence that the mythical Sky Cities really do exist. She convinces the other islanders to leave their homes behind but what they find may not be the safe haven they were hoping for.

Julie Bertagna has written a fast-paced story which is both immensely enjoyable as well as educational. A serious ecological and environmental message is conveyed throughout and provides a warning about the sustainability of the earth and how we look after the planet. This is done in a way which doesn't come across as being too preachy but actually makes you stop and think about some of the issues which are raised.

I found the plot totally absorbing. It really kicks into gear in the middle section of the book where the islanders arrive on the outskirts of New Mungo. The nightmare which faces them is both horrifying and shocking and I ended up turning the pages faster and faster as the story progressed, right up until the climatic finale.

Mara is a great central character.
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