I just finished reading The Line by Teri Hall for an Around the World Tour.
An invisible, uncrossable physical barrier encloses the Unified States. The Line is the part of the border that lopped off part of the country, dooming the inhabitants to an unknown fate when the enemy used a banned weapon. It’s said that bizarre creatures and superhumans live on the other side, in Away. Nobody except tough old Ms. Moore would ever live next to the Line.
Nobody but Rachel and her mother, who went to live there after Rachel’s dad died in the last war. It’s a safe, quiet life. Until Rachel finds a mysterious recorded message that can only have come from Away. The voice is asking for help.
Who sent the message? Why is her mother so protective? And to what lengths is Rachel willing to go in order to do what she thinks is right?
This is the third or fourth YA dystopian novel that I have read and it just wasn't all that interesting to me. The beginning was so slow and the way that we learned about how the Line and Away came to be was like reading a history book--not something I do for fun. Usually I am engaged in the dystopian worlds and imagine what it would be like to live there, but in this story, I just didn't care.
The action did pick up once Rachel finds the recorded message but then I felt the story ended too soon. Yes, it ended on a cliffhanger but it wasn't one that left me wanting to read the next book in the series, title Away. Overall, it wasn't a bad story it just sort of bored me and didn't compare to the other dystopian books I've read.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 83
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 62
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 24
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 61
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.