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by Julie Bertagna

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Less than a hundred years from now, the world as we know it no longer exists. Cities have disappeared beneath the sea, technology no longer functions, and human civilization has reverted to a much more primitive state

On an isolated northern island, the people of Wing are trying to hold onto their way of life-even as the sea continues to claim precious acres


Less than a hundred years from now, the world as we know it no longer exists. Cities have disappeared beneath the sea, technology no longer functions, and human civilization has reverted to a much more primitive state

On an isolated northern island, the people of Wing are trying to hold onto their way of life-even as the sea continues to claim precious acres and threatens to claim their very lives.

Only fifteen-year-old Mara has the vision and the will to lead her people in search of a new beginning in this harsh, unfamiliar world.

This compelling and powerful story set in the near future will hit home with teens, especially those who are ever more aware of the increasingly controversial climate crisis we face in our world today.

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School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up- In this epic tale of global warming and environmental disaster set at the dawn of the next century, 15-year-old Mara has lived with the realization that the world is drowning. Growing up on Wing, she has watched her North Atlantic island become smaller each year, and people have long ago abandoned technology in their struggles to subsist. After a particularly bad ocean surge, another part of the village is lost. This spurs Mara to convince the villagers that they will have a chance at a new life in the Sky Cities, which she has located on the now-defunct version of the Internet. After a grueling journey, the refugees find themselves locked out of the city by a giant wall. As sickness and disease claim some of her people, Mara decides to find a way into the city to save them. Through the netherworld (under the city), the teen has encounters with the ratbashers (urchins) and the Treenesters. The Treenesters think that Mara is The Face in the Stone that will save them. Ecologically conscious teens will embrace this girl who is destined to save humanity.-June H. Keuhn, Corning East High School, NY

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Kirkus Reviews
Fifteen-year-old Mara loves her island home but time is short. The year is 2100 and waters are rising, leaving little land on which to shelter from the worsening storms. Mara convinces her people to leave home and search for cities above the rising waters. But after terrible losses, the refugees arrive at the New World city of New Mungo (which towers above the mostly submerged Glasgow) to find a dreadful situation. Refugees barely survive, starving and diseased, forbidden from entering the city except when they are press-ganged into forced labor. With the help of matriarchal tree-dwelling primitives outside the city and an attractive young man inside, Mara hopes to rescue her friends and find new hope for humanity. The overt ideology of Mara's tale, about as subtle as a brick, would be enriched greatly if these characters were at all developed. In a book that rests so heavily upon ideology, the science is exaggerated. The real-life climate-change worst-case scenario would lead to sufficiently shocking science fiction, so why sink Europe beneath the ocean? Inspirational but flawed. (Science fiction. 11-13)

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Walker & Company
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First Edition
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5.70(w) x 7.68(h) x 1.24(d)
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Julie Bertagna started her career as a teacher and freelance feature writer for major Scottish newspapers and has established a reputation as an author of powerful and original fiction for young people. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and daughter. Visit her Web site at www.juliebertagna.com

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Exodus 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes you think from the very beginning. The First time I read this, I could hardly put it down. It is very rare for me to read a book two times in a row yet I did. This book also engagesyou and helps you realize how much in danger Earth and all of its creatures, wheather or not it is the lowley mosqueto or the plar bear or even Us. Humen Beings.So, Please give "Exodus" a try.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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. The stark subject of the story is balanced with a fluid writing style that keeps you turning the pages and hoping for the best. EXODUS is already an international best seller and is being released to US readers in April 2008.

This is one of those stories that will stay with you forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was sort of boring throughout the first 2 parts. But after the 3rd part it got a little interesting. Overall the book was kind of confusing. It had a strange story line. The ending was a bit of a let down and there should have been more of an explanation in the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I belive the author needs a new editor. Paragraphs jump from minute to weeks, she'll start something then just move on to some new problem without addressing the first. There are way to many conflicts going on at the same time. I thought at first that it was written for a younger crowd but now that I'm further in, I don't think a younger person could follow this many story lines. I gave it three stars though because its still interesting read if you don't have anything better at the moment.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As you know this book is about global warming. But it is not totally centered around it! The girl's HOME is slowly but surely being taken over by the sea and as more houses are sunk the mor thy panic then they fin out abou a "WORLD" OVE THE water. But they quckly find out the hard way they world isnt looking for refugis. Beforw her whole village dies she must find a way into the world above water or hould i say a city full of geniuses built on a platform and try to find out the mystery of the sunken world. With just a touch of romance suspence heartbreak and awesomness this book is a must read
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Loves_a_good_book More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book! The beginning of it was a little slow, but the rest was great. I never wanted to put it down once I got into it. You never knew exactly what was going to happen. I wish the end was a little different but it was still good. I also wish there was a second book to go with it, otherwise I would definently tell it to all my friends and have them read it. It really makes you think about our world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis book was not what I expected. The beginning started off a little slow but once I got into it I really enjoyed this book. I really wanted to know how Mara was going to help all these people escape this city and once I found out I was excited to read to how it was going to happen. The ending was a little disappointing I won't say why because it might give the story line away. But overall I did enjoy this book and I would probably read another book by Julie Bertagna.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, this book was so far fetched... I mean, please, global warming? Doesnt everyone know by now that global warming is a mith? So a few glaciers melt, big deal. This would never happen anyway and people are acting like its totally true. Overall, the book was horrific. I couldnt even enjoy the book because I was so distracted by the global warming junk. I liked the plot, and thats what intrigued me to read it, but afterwards, I wish I had read a better book. If the author hadnt centered so much around global warming, this could have been a great book. I loved the characters and the plot, but the global warming really wasnt necessary. Try my recommended books for a better read.