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Once upon a time there was a world...... a world full of miracles. From the whirl of the tiniest particles to its spinning orbit in the unthinkable vastness of space, this world danced with miraculous life. Ur, the first people called their beautiful world, and the sound of that early name would carry down all the years, until aeons of time and tongues ripened Ur into Earth.

The people feasted upon their ripe world. Endlessly they harvested its lands and seas. They grew greedy, ravaging the planets bounty of miracles. Their waste and destruction spread like a plague until a day came when this plague struck at the very heart of the miraculous dance. And the people saw too late, their savage desolation of the world.

 

As you can see above this novel starts off full of beautiful language and images, well crafted, but also a warning to us all. Exodus is a novel about Mara a young girl who lives on the island of Wing. As the polar ice caps have slowly melted the world has been taken over by the sea. Unsure whether they are the last island on earth the inhabitants of Wing battle for survival against the elements.

Playing a computer game Mara meets an unexpected person amongst the ghosts on the internet and discovers that a New World exists, a city built above the sea, anchored to fend off the elements.

Mara convinces the inhabitants of her island to set off in search of this new land, in search of a new life.

 

This book started off really well for me, but then 10 pages in I nearly gave up when the computer game suddenly appeared. Luckily it lasted only a few pages and the novel was back on track, although it still took a good 50 pages for it to grab my interest again. I'm glad I continued as I loved some of the characters and the various communities that we meet in this novel.

I thought that the book may be preachy, but the message was far more about fighting for change in the new world, rather than the faults of the past. If you enjoyed The Pretties, The Knife of Never Letting Go (and who couldn't, that was an amazing trilogy) and The Giver this is a novel you should definitely check out.

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It is a good read, I thought the theme of taking care (or not) of the planet came through well throughout, later on

when they are in the undercity, the lost city sort of shows the society above has ignored the lessons of the past, doesn't preserve the knowledge of the society from before by abandoning the books etc.

Also, there is a really interesting theme of refugees - as suggested by the title -

who is allowed into the sky city, who is kept out, why are the strange water children (I can't remember their names, the sort of feral kids) just abandoned, why does no one care about them, who decided who got saved when the seas originally rose

. I haven't read Zenith yet, the sequel.

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