The year is 2100, and global warming has caused the worlds seas and oceans to rise to such a level, that most of the world’s land masses are now covered by water.
Exodus, starts on the small island community of Wing, located on what remains of one of Scotland’s islands, but as each season goes by the waters continue to rise and the remaining land is disappearing so quickly that islands must do something.
Fifteen-year-old Mara Bell, travels the ‘weave’ (what remains of the internet, long since abandoned and left to run by whatever power is left in the world, she comes across information that huge towering new cities designed to rise up over the oceans.
When she tells her people of her find, they’re desperate enough to risk the trip into possibly nowhere, just on the off-chance they can find a better home.
While they do find the new-world, things aren’t what they hoped and Mara finds herself in a world like she has never experienced before, and with a prophesy that her new friends believe refers to her. It’s soon clear that whiter it does or it doesn’t, or whether Mara believes it herself, she may be the only one that can help them.
I’d seen this one in shops for a while and while it sounded interesting, I was always a little put off, by what sounded like a ‘message’ plot, thankfully, whilst it’s clear the dangers of global warning are there (despite being taken to the extremes) the book is much more about Mara and her friends and relatives first on Wing and then in the new world.
The plot twists and turns and takes you from the peaceful solitude of Wing, though the horrors of the outcasts from the new-world and then on to the flashy modern world that towers above the oceans, with lots of nice touches as Mara discovers things and places that are recognisable to us but a mystery to her.
It’s not perfect some of the pop-culture references work and some feel a little forced, but Mara is such a great strong character that you can overlook them and just enjoy the ride.
I’ll certainly be looking out for the second book in the series, Zenith.