Sunday, December 20, 2009

Exodus by Julie Bertagna

Grade: A+


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.

For the residents of Wing, an isolated northern island, time is running out. As the sea swallows precious acres and threatened to claim their very lives, they must look beyond their tiny island home for refuge.

Only fifteen-year-old Mara has the vision and the will to lead them all in search of a new beginning in this harsh, unfamiliar world. She learn of sky cities that are safe from the storms and rising water, and she is finally able to convince the islanders that finding their way to New Mungo, the closest of the New World cities, is their only chance for survival. But upon reaching the mysterious high-tech civilization, they are shut out of the city, blocked from their only chance at sanctuary. Mara must find a way past the walls to save her people, even if it means risking everything.


Character Development: 8/10
Originality: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Ending: 9/10
Voice: 9/10
Plot: 10/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 63/70

Obtained: Public Library.

Age Appropriate?

Cussing: Some, but very limited.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Few mentions of alcohol.
Sexual Content: None.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Plague and famine, graphic death, child slavery.


What a vivid book! Though it took me a LONG time to read for no apparent reason (it's not very long), I never lost interest in it or considered giving it up. The story was a fascinating look at our future if we continue to kill the Earth. I am impressed by Julie Bertagna's predictions and the way she contained this message in a book that isn't dry as a bone by any means, but exciting and fascinating.

The world of 2099 flooding Earth is a strange one indeed, but it makes for an epic storyline. Mara was a wonderful character that I connected with on many levels, and her journey was realistically paced yet enthralling. The many sides of this devastated world that she sees provoke thought. From the one-time haven of the island of Wing to the dark and dreary netherworld where life manages to flourish to the hypertechno New World cities in the sky, this world was created with a wise scientific eye.

Fans of The Hunger Games would love this book, I think. It has the same brilliant adventure-story feel to it and the futuristic scene is not overwhelming. I laud Bertagna for this creation! Read it.


Julie Bertagna


  1. Nice review. This sounds interesting!

  2. Thanks so much for the review. I'll definitely be adding this to my TBR list. :D


  3. Oooo great review. One for my list of books I need to read. Thank you darling!

  4. Exodus is set in the year 2099, when the Earth has all but drowned and only a few islands remain habitable. Mara is confined to her fast-disappearing island home of Wing, which is ravaged by fierce storms and an ever-dwindling supply of food, and where every night she escapes into a virtual world known as the Weave. One night, she discovers ‘proof’ of the mythical Sky Cities – entire cities that rose into the sky and kept their inhabitants safe from the flooded world below – and sets about convincing everyone of their existence, keeping secret the fact that she only discovered their existence from a talking fox, who may or may not be an enemy… She convinces the community to set sail on a terrifyingly dangerous journey to find these Sky Cities; but what will they find there?

    I really wasn’t sure about this book at first – the blurb made it sound a teensy bit corny and when I started reading it, there wasn’t much of a story (in fact, the story doesn’t really kick off until about 75 pages to the end) and the present tense in which it is written takes a bit of getting used to – but I was intrigued by this incredibly detailed future that Bertagna had created and was interested to know what would happen when the story did kick off; and boy, am I glad I did! Not to say that there was no story before the ‘pick up the pace’ point – the book was beautifully written throughout and those pages were quite vital to the plot of the story, as well as essential in making connections with the characters in the book.

    The characters are all really well developed and you genuinely care about them when horrible things happen to them. You also really feel for them and their situation – after all, the book in set just 90 years away, in a world that struggles to survive because of extreme flooding; a world that is frighteningly likely to happen and it could be our great-grandchildren that live in the nightmare-world, making it an eye-opening, powerful read.

    An exceedingly beautifully written and thought-provoking read. I cannot wait to read the rest of the trilogy!

  5. Exodus Review

    Exodus is a gripping book. It is a memorable book. I could not put it down. But sometimes describes too much and there is not much action.
    Mara’s island is drowning. Is there any hope for the people of Wing? She meets a mysterious fox in the weave. He tells her of a forgotten town in the sky. Will they get there?
    I would recommend this book to girls 11+! This is a book you must read!
    I rate it 4.5 stars!


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