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Exodus (Exodus / Raging Earth #1)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  2,961 ratings  ·  321 reviews
In a drowned world, can refuge be found?

Less than a hundred years from now, the world as we know it has disappeared beneath the sea. 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.

Booklist Science Fiction/Fantasy Top 10 for Youth

"This sweeping, futuristic fantasy envisions a ravaged E
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by Walker Childrens (first published March 1st 2002)
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Diana Mcknight It leans more toward the literal meaning of "exodus" (large group escaping/leaving) and less the biblical meaning.
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In a world in which the ice caps are melting fast, any piece of dry land is very precious land. The last city that anyone knows about is New Mungo, and there are refugee boats surrounding it, and no one is allowed in (well, occasionally people are "picked" to go in but no one is sure if this is a good thing or bad.

Mara leaves her drowning island and arrives here to discover she's part of a prophecy.

It does feel like, and is promised to be part of a trilogy, but the original was published in the
Jun 25, 2008 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 6 and up
Recommended to Sarah by: 7/8 list
It’s the year 2100 and Earth is underwater due to global warming. Communication with all parts of the world has ceased to exist because…what other parts of the world are left? Mara and her friends and family live on Wing, an island that has managed to survive the massive rising waters—until now. The people on Wing assume that there are other people somewhere in the world living on islands like they are…but they have no idea where. Little do they know that Mara uses her antique cyberwizz (similar ...more
I am not a science fiction reader, but I was hooked to this story. It took me about 70 pages to get really into the novel, but then I was hooked with the apocalyptic tale. It reminded me a bit of Dante's Inferno. I liked how it wasn't a fairy tale. Some characters, that I grew to love, died or disappeared. There was a strong connection to strong historical figures, like Martin Luther King. The book made me self-analyze if I could have the resolve and determination that Mara embodies.
I tossed be
3.5 stars

The themes in this book are very good, both the subtle and the upfront, particularly when they all come to a head in the end--themes about survival, ideals, the brutality of reality, and patriarchal societies. The worldbuilding is also interesting, detailed and thought-out enough to be plausible and acceptable, although some of the tech stuff that arose near the end went over my head--which maybe it was supposed to. Either way, it was well-written enough that it didn't bother me.

The tec
Feb 28, 2012 Jim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: discussed in review
I am rounding this up to 4 stars. I would probably put it around 3.7 or 3.8 if I had the option.

I definitely enjoyed this book and would recommend it. It is a very good, involving story that gets better as it goes along. The writing is good, but I agree with other reviewers that the style is best for, say, grade 6 and up. At the lower end of that range, I would be concerned about some very scary scenes and bad things that happen, especially in the first half of the book. It is fine for adult rea
Imagine our world if the ice caps really do thaw - what would it be like? What would we do to survive when we see the ocean creep up to the places we love? In Exodus, the cities and land that we know are now deep underwater and in the commencing chaos, Mara's ancestors settled on the tip of the island of Wing. As yearly storms rage and the water rises, her community realizes that soon there will be nothing left - and Mara has a crazy idea that might save them all.

What a plot! This post-apocalypt
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Picture a future, call it the year 2100. This girl you see here is Miss Mara Bell, and that rock she stands on is what she thinks is the last island in a sea-covered world. We’re about to discover that the sea won’t stop rising, and Miss Mara Bell is about to embark on the journey of a lifetime across an ocean of dreams, hopes and nightmares. She is about to skirt the edges of a strange new world, one that we call The Twilight Zone.


In the year 2100, M
Jennifer Wardrip
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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 Wo
Mara Bell is fifteen years old and the exact image of her grandmother Mary. She lives on Wing, an island in the northern part of an Earth nearly drowned by the melting of the polar ice caps. The waters are continuing to rise, and Mara must trust the instincts she inherited from the strong women in her family. She convinces her neighbors to flee the island for refuge in one of the sky cities, the tall feats of technology so high as to be safe from the storms and rising waters. When they reach the ...more
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I liked the premise of the novel. But I was bored reading it, and I didn't like it as much as I thought I would.

I couldn't connect to any of the characters, and I felt like a lot of them were just there. Not only that, but we didn't get much info about the world that Mara lived in. I thought that was a little weird because Mara leaves her island, goes elsewhere, and doesn't really know anything about what's going on.

And considering she goes on a journey to a completely different place, you'd thi
This story started well and then kind of fizzled out. Too many different storyline directions, none of them resolved. If you're looking for a new Hunger Games, this will disappoint, but it might be an acceptable substitute for younger grades.
I had the sequels out, but I'm returning them to the library unread.
There were flashes of this that I liked. Mara really worked for me as a character, and I loved the beginning, with its description of life on the slowly failing island and the determination of the villagers to cling to what they knew even when they also knew it had no future.

Unfortunate, most of the rest of the book left this mantra in my head: Technology doesn't work that way. Libraries don't work that way. People don't work that way. Exodus didn't so much suspend my disbelief as hang it from t
Such a good book. Truly a fantastic adventure of a girl in the future where the ice caps are melting and the world is sinking beneath the waves. Mara's world (her island of Wing) is disappearing and having been cut off, not knowing if there is more people out there, except one hope ; Fox a mysterious being Mara meets while searching the remains of the weave (cyberspace)for clues.

Fantastic story, really sucks the reader in. a great reading book for upper ks2. i feel that this is the kind of book
Lauren James
A future dystopia about the sea levels rising and a village that is one of the only islands left in the UK slowly going underwater. The internet is a kind of 3D world that has been long since abandoned and the girl starts exploring its ruins, and finds a fox avatar that she makes friends with. Online dating of the coolest most adventurous kind.

This is one of those books which is totally under-appreciated. It’s one of my absolute favourites, and it’s insanely well thought-out and unique. But, mor
SJH (A Dream of Books)
'Exodus' takes a giant leap into the future and is set in 2099 at a time when global warming has wreaked havoc on the planet and the melting of the polar icecaps has led to mass flooding and destruction. The story begins on the island of Wing which is in danger of being engulfed by the rising sea level. When the situation worsens the residents of the island have to set out to seek new land and a new life.

The story is told through the eyes of Mara who has never known a life beyond the one her and
Eva Inevitable
So being Scottish I thought it was cool that this was set in a futuristic Scotland, however I was extremely unimpressed with the book. I don't want to get into a rant or anything so I'll try and keep this succinct. I was actually quite enjoying the story to start off with; an interesting setting in a drowned forgotten world...but it didn't last. On several occasions I found myself staring at the book thinking; "Are you serious?" or "Are you kidding me?" Everything I adore in a novel was either m ...more
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
**the setting (think former orkney islands north of scotland) --one of my favorite places and cultures, but might be too stark and nordic for some readers' taste.
**the ending ... ooh, how twisty and unusual. not the stereotype "can't live without you, so who cares about the rest of the world."
**our heroine's strength, moral compass, and clear-sightedness

this is a bit more literary and genre-specific than the average YA dystopia, which limits the adoring audience a bit.

PG13 for severe clim
This is a fast-paced, imaginative adventure with an awesome female MC (seriously, Mara Gets Stuff Done) and a love interest who is LITERALLY a fox. Literally. Good stuff.
Carol Coutts
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Steve Phillips
I'm not too sure why I read this one. I do tend to like books with this sort of dystopian world, but it's rated below 4.0 stars and I generally don't go there. All three books in this trilogy are rated around 3.5.
It's not a bad story… The ice has pretty much all melted, and the flooded world has divided into the haves, living in elevated luxury cities, and everyone else, left to the rising seas overtaking their worlds.
Not surprisingly (considering the dystopian plot), the leaders of the luxury
This book is about this 15 year old girl called mara, who lives on an island called Wing in the year 2100. The ice caps are melting and this causes their island to start drowning, and Mara tries to find a way to save the people of Wing. She finds a way by using a piece of old technology called a cyberwizz, where she can see another world. Eventually through all her discovers a New World, through the cyberwizz and through meeting another person on the weave (cyberworld) for the first time. The ot ...more
Lauren B
An interesting idea for a book. The ice caps are melting, sky cities are being built, but people aren't being let in
That's really the only good part I found in this book.
I kept reading, kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but I didn't get what I was waiting for. I got a bunch of things that didn't make sense.
The main character is rather peculiar. During the storms on her island, she shows absolutely no fear; the thunder and lightning and pouring rain has no effect on her. She just
Gabe Perez
The book Exodus by Julie Bertagna was a amazing book that while it was obviously fictional, it had a very realistic tone to it, as it was talking about a situation where the world was being flooded by the ice caps melting. The main character Mara, convinces her village to leave their island, to try to find the "New World," and area of building so high that not even the rising water could drown them, and has to go through the pain of losing the people she cares the most, and finding a way to surv ...more
Well done distopian sf. When the ice caps melt and the oceans rise, what happens to humanity? There are some niggling problems with the world-building for me but I think teens will find this fascinating and scary.
It's about the world in 2100. The polar icecaps have all melted so almost all the world is under water. This book worries me about the future on this earth.
Emily Rose
Jan 06, 2012 Emily Rose marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This sounds kinda like Chaos Walking...
Sarah Loper
This book bored me to death. It was interesting in concept but not on page. Maybe I'm being too critical but I just couldn't get into this book. It was a chore just to finish it. I don't usually like to tear a book apart or give it only 1 star but I seriously had to make myself finish this book. The first few chapters were great but then it just got dull. Some of the concepts seemed overused such as Mara's face being identical to the one the tree people thought would be their hero. I'm sorry but ...more
Kristine Pratt
I seem to be on a dystopic kick lately, and am almost tired of them, but this book was interesting enough to revive my flagging interest in the genre and pull me back into the world of bleak futures. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not.

In this take on life in the (near?) future, the polar ice caps have melted and everyone is getting flooded out. While I don't agree with the science behind a good deal of this (in that I'm wishing there were more science behind all of this), the worldbuildi
Anne Hamilton
The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is because I find the point of view in it unchancy, uncanny and at times unsettling. The unusual mix of present and past tense in the writing style gives the impression that the point-of-view character through whom the action is seen is the world itself. It feels kinda creepy at times.

So the totality of my complaint mostly comes down to the off-putting writing style. It's really a pity because in other respects I loved this book.

As soon as the n
Nov 15, 2009 Celestasaurus rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like LIfe As We Knew It
Shelves: young-adult
There was a flood that devastated the world. Few survived. About 2100, the ocean started rising again, and the village Wing was forced to confront the problem. Fifteen-year-old Mara envisioned a solution. Using an "ancient" technology once known as the Weave, Mara discovered building plans for enormous sky cities, so high that the rising waters couldn't reach them. However, after the long voyage to New Mungo (the nearest sky city), the refugees wouldn't be taken in, and Mara was forced to create ...more
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Julie was born in Ayrshire and grew up near Glasgow, where she now lives with her family. After a degree in English Language and Literature, she was the editor of a small magazine, a teacher and a freelance journalist. Julie has written many critically-acclaimed, award-winning novels for teenagers and younger readers. She speaks in schools, libraries and at book festivals across the UK.
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