Book: Exodus by Julie Bertagna

Book Info: Published by Walker and Company; 352 pages; hardcover; checked out from library

Goodreads Summary: 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
On an isolated northern island, the people of Wing are trying to hold onto their way of life—even as the sea continues to claim precious acres and threatens to claim their very lives
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.
This compelling and powerful story set in the near future will hit home with teens, especially those who are ever more aware of the increasingly controversial climate crisis we face in our world today.

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 think it would be a little more adventurous than reading that there were a lot of people on a boat and there wasn’t enough food or water for everyone.  Seriously, that’s all you have to say about that?  Nothing about what the boat looks like or how many people are on the boat?

I just felt a little confused about what was going on.  Mara didn’t know anything, and so we didn’t know anything.  It just got very irritating.  And it didn’t feel very coherent.  I don’t mind a novel being divided into sections, but the 3 sections in the book felt very random.

I have to give it a 1 out of 5.  I was bored, and I couldn’t connect with anything in the book.

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