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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (3 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330435647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330435642
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A novel of extraordinary imaginative vision and emotional power – AURORA is the eagerly anticipated conclusion to the critically acclaimed, bestselling EXODUS and ZENITH.

About the Author

After an early career as a teacher and freelance feature writer for major Scottish newspapers, Julie Bertagna has quickly established a reputation as an author of powerful and original fiction for young people. EXODUS, the launch title for Young Picador and her first novel for Macmillan, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award and won the Lancashire Children's Book of the Year Award and the Angus Award. THE OPPOSITE OF CHOCOLATE was shortlisted for the Book Trust Teenage Prize 2004. Julie lives in Glasgow with her husband and daughter.


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A book with an ending that could make you scream....................

Well as I thought Aurora picks up about 15 years in the future from where Zenith was set. Reading the end of Zenith I was
sure I was going to hate the jump to the future. But I really didn't. I have to say I found Lily a little annoying,
perhaps because I loved Mara so much I felt Lily was stealing her thunder a little bit. And I never eally understood Wing becoming a Wolfman, that kind of came from nowhere and made very little sense to me, but thats all for negatives, thats just
a couple of small things that bugged me a little.

So the Treenesters did not feature too much in this book. After Lily has runaway and Mara has of course gone tearing after her we hear nothing more about them and the others living in Candlewood, I think it would have been nice to, but the book really didn't suffer for it. I just always loved the characters of the Treenesters and di miss them a little, although, a lost Treenest does make a reappearance, but I won't add any more so as not to spoil this for anyone.

I did love that Lily took after her mother and I totally understand her wanting some adventure, just as Mara did.
Especially after spending 15 years having to spend 6 months underground at a time! That would make anyone want to escape and have an adventure. Throw in Lily's sudden knowledge about the true identity of her father, and well I'd have run for the ocean myself. I loved that Wing went with her, to protect her, as he had with Mara way back in the neverworld.

I was surprised to find out about the changes to Ilira, everything that had happened, and what Tuck had acheieved, but Tuck really was not a likeable character to me. Yes he had done great things, but not in the best way.
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In the third - and final??? - instalment of Mara's tale, Julie Bertegna weaves together the threads of destinies hinted at in her previous two novels. Despite the blurb suggesting this is the final book in the series; the ending has left an opening for more. I hope the author does write more...this is a world with limitless potential.

I really liked this story, it didn't quite grip me the way the first did (Exodus), but it certainly kept me reading. Rather than the focus being on a new adventure of Mara's, we actually experience this unique world with her daughter, Lily.

Unbeknownst to Mara and Lily, Fox has managed to tell Mara's story to the whole world. To remote communities who did not know of the existence of the tower cities and the story of her survival and the rescue of the refugees in Exodus brings people hope.

Instead of concentrating on trying to create new cities in space, the Guardians of the tower cities decide to claim for their own few bits of land that have not been drowned. Not only will they not help the poor stranded on ships and boats in the ocean, they now want to take land away from the few survivors outside of the safe ocean towers.

Fox knows it is time to strike. For sixteen years he has worked to destabilise the elitist society...

Well, this book is about the coming together of plans and the collision of lives. Less romance and more revolution :)
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So even though I liked Exodus, I was really disapointed by the sequel, Zenith. In places it didn't even make sense and it was basically just one long run of suffering. At the back of Zenith there was a Q and A thing with the author saying there would be a sequel, but after 4 or 5 years of no sequel turning up I started to think it must have been cancelled. And then I found this in a bookshop...

Well I don't know if the amount of time it seems to have taken to write meant the author could correct whatever went wrong with Zenith, but this book is waaay better. Unlike the first two, it's told through the perspective of just about every character who's involved, starting with Pandora, the urchin found by Fox at the end of Zenith, who has since fallen in love with him and wishes he'd reciprocate her feelings. Although actually that's never openly stated. One of the good things about this book in my opinion is that it doesn't flesh everything out for you-a lot of the feelings and emotions are implied or assumed and that gives a tint of uncertainty to the whole thing.

Probably the biggest problem I had with this book was that, since it's been years since I read Zenith, I had trouble remembering a lot of detail the book seemed to expect me to know. I kept thinking Who's Wing? Who's Scarwell? Urchins have webbed feet? Was Broom the name of that woman who went missing? I couldn't check in Zenith and Exodus becasue I'd got them out of the library so didn't have them anymore.

Lily, Fox and Mara's daughter, is in love with Wing, the urchin from the first two books, who is living with wolves and the more hostile urchin Scarwell, in a cave.
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A good story with the other two books, but the last one seems to be as scattered all over the place a little bit. I appreciate the open ending, it's more like an invitation to endless possibilities in life. Altogether it's a good read, I would certainly recommend it to people who find it hard to decide on their future. There's some good advice in this book.
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