Friday, July 16, 2010
The Line by Teri Hall
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?
My Opinion: Rachel is an interesting character and her motivation to move forward in this story is caused by her mother's need to keep her away from everyone else. They live on a property next to "The Line" and because its next to The Line, no one ventures out there. They are protected and safe - exactly what her mother wants. This of course, would drive any teenager crazy, so she not only wants to go away...she has a fascination with the place, Away. Really...its a brilliant concept in its simplicity.
Dystopian is one of my favorite genres to read and this one is pretty good. I found it entertaining and different from the others. It has a nice mix of The City of Ember meets The Maze Runner. I'm not sure what I think of these people in Away yet, but I look forward to finding out more.
If I had any qualms about the book it would be two things. Proper names were used in lieu of pronouns a bit much; I found it a bit distracting but not enough to make me put it down. Second, the ending is abrupt. I thought it was going to end fairly clean, but a new issue is brought up in the last few pages. This made the story feel unfinished and I don't think any book, even if part of a planned series, to should leave anything hanging. Regardless, it's a definite 4 for me and I'd recommend.