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Not nearly as good as "Exodus",
This review is from: Zenith (Paperback)
This is the second book in the trilogy by Julie Bertagna, the first being "Exodus".
Having enjoyed the first book, especially the characters of Mara and "The Fox", I was very disappointed in how the author seems to lose her passion for them in this second book. Mara becomes, sadly, more of a follower or someone who lets events dictate her actions, which is very different to her strong character in Exodus.
The unfolding secret about her was -- without giving away anything -- a clumsy series of ham-fisted clues: I would liken it to a "telegraphed pass", that is, totally obvious what Bertagna was getting around to telling us.
The one interesting character in the book is Tuck, a boy from a floating city who inexplicably joins Mara's group on land when none of his other compatriots would ever dare leave the sea. The sections with him seems to get the most energy and enthusiasm out of the author.
Then, the ending: the last chapter or so was a of flash-forward who knows how many years, just suddenly. A sort of epilogue that just didn't work, and really didn't make me want to carry on with this series to the finale, Aurora (due out June 2011).