[REVIEW] Zenith – Julie Bertagna

Julie Bertagna
Zenith (Exodus, Book 2)
Pan Macmillan Young Picador (UK: 1st February 2008; AU: 1st April 2008)
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Mara Bell is leading a boat of Treenesters, urchins, and freed slaves in search of Greenland. But as they head toward what they think is land, their boat crashes into a floating city of barges and bridges.

Whilst definitely intriguing and with fascinating settings, Zenith is not quite as grabbing as its predecessor, Exodus. Maybe it’s due to the lack of technology, or that I just didn’t connect with the characters. Mara was awesome in Book 1, but here…she’s less fabulous. However, the imagery is simply splendid, making me wish I could see aurora borealis (I don’t think it’s visible here in the Southern Hemisphere). The writing is lush, almost poetic at times, and I can’t wait to read what’ll happen in Book 3, Aurora. However, its publication is at least a year away, I’m guessing, but it leaves newcomers with plenty of time to acquire and devour Books 1 and 2. Futuristic YA is all the richer with Julie Bertagna’s innovative contributions.

One response to “[REVIEW] Zenith – Julie Bertagna

  1. I think the Southern Hemisphere equivalent of the aurora can be seen in Tassie, and apparently (thanks, Google) as far north as Armidale. I’d love to see them myself (especially after reading The Golden Compass).

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