is a science fiction
novel written for young adults by Julie Bertagna
published in August 2002. The story is set on an island faced with the problem of a rising shoreline, caused by a melting ice cap. Mara must think of a way to save herself, the other villagers and, most importantly, the world. The book was short listed for the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year
in 2002. Exodus is part of a trilogy, the sequel to the book is "Zenith", published in 2007, followed by "Aurora", which has yet to be published.
Julie Bertagna was inspired to write this book in 1999, when she learned of two South Pacific Islands being engulfed by the sea as a result of global warming
, forcing the people to find higher land. Bertagna started to investigate into the topic of global warming
and the stories inspired her to write Exodus, and its sequel Zenith.The purpose of the book is to inform young readers about global warming
and convince them that something must be done about it.
In the year 2100, 15-year-old Mara lives on the island of Wing, with fellow villagers. The melting ice cap has caused the shoreline to rise and they are now almost out of land. Through her cyberwizz, a laptop-like gadget, she navigates through information to find where they can go. She meets a mysterious creature called Fox, who demands to know where she is. Mara is excited because beyond him she can see a new world, but she loses connection before she can learn more. Mara... Read More