Monday, February 22, 2010

The Line (1 ARC Tours)

The Line
by Teri Hall

Rachel lives with her mother on The Property working for an older lady. The Property is far out from the cities, where the government is more brutal and unfair than out in the outskirts, near the Line - a section of the National Border Defense System - an invisible line that no one can cross. But there's more to Rachel's past than her mother is letting on and comes to light when the government pays a visit to the small town near them. What did Rachel's mother do and why do they have to keep a low profile? All of that changes when one day, Rachel hears a voice from The Line, calling for help. But rumors have it that those on the other side of The Line are different - in a dangerous way. Does Rachel have the courage to see who is out there that needs help?

I must say this book didn't really live up to the hype, but that doesn't make it a bad book. In fact, it was a quick and enjoyable read. I think I expected more from a dystopian novel, but the main character did seem to be younger and the book aimed more at a middle grade audience. Taking those factors into consideration, I found that this book had a lot of mystery in it, secrets from the past that come to light, and a sense of adventure to come.

Rachel has some room to grow in the book and hopefully will continue to grow as a character in any further books to come. I'm just assuming there's another book coming as the ending was very open ended. I myself want to see more of the character that appears later in the book and am intrigued as to what is on the other side of The Line. It was missing some of the intensity I was expecting this book to contain and things were a bit lightened up due to the audience this book was targeted at. I will read on if there are more books and hope to learn more about this world the author has created.

4/5 Roses

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  1. I reviewed this today too. You make a good point that it seemed more for younger teens, even middle grade. Very enjoyable though!

  2. The plot does sound exciting. Glad you liked it at least for 4 roses. It sounds like a YA grabber.

  3. I read a synopsis of this Tenner book shortly after reading Catching Fire, so I was all hyped up on the dystopian YA novel concept.

    Thank you for your candid review -- I still can't wait to read The Line.

  4. Great review, I cant wait to pick this one up, it looks really good...

  5. I think I'm starting to get burned out on YA books, so I may not read this one for a while but I'm in love with the cover. Thank you for the review.

  6. I have really been wanting to read this, and I have to get on the ball with my dystopian challenge. There is a lot of hype around it, but I think there is just a general dystopian hype thanks to The Hunger Games. Thanks for the honest review.

  7. Great honest review Kristen.
    There will be at least one more book. Teri is working on Away which is due out in early 2011.


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