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  • Hardcover: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802797458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802797452
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.1 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,889,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susy on 23 Nov. 2002
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 By "spannern" on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
What if everything you've heard about global warming is true -- and we haven't done enough to change the course of events?

Mara is a fifteen-year-old girl who lives on the island of Wing. The polar ice caps are melting, flooding most of the earth. What is left of Mara's primitive island is rapidly being claimed by the rising tide. Among the ruins of an abandoned cyberworld Mara meets another, someone who promises her that there is a safe haven in the New World.

Mara convinces the people of her island that their only chance for survival is to sail north, where the sky cities can provide shelter against the rising storms and tides. However, they arrive to find that walls have been built around the city and that they are just a few of the refugees who are gathered around, hoping for entry. Life in the boat camp is a grim existence. Illness, hunger and death have penetrated the lives of Mara's group. Overwhelmed with guilt, Mara sets out to find a way to save her friends.

With a little help, Mara makes her way inside the gates and sets about to infiltrate the New World city of New Mungo. How can one girl face such insurmountable odds and save her people against a formidable adversary? Can she really take on an entire city to save her friends? If only she could find her cyberworld acquaintance, maybe he could help Mara.

EXODUS is a sobering reminder of the future we face if global warming is allowed to continue unchallenged. Julie Bertagna has presented a somber picture of what life may be like in the year 2099. She has balanced desperation with the enduring power of hope. When humans have hope, no challenge seems too difficult to face.
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