Thursday, March 4, 2010
Review: The Line (ARC) by Teri Hall
where I got my copy: Around the world ARC TOURS
where to buy: BN, Amazon, IndieBound
release date: March 04, 2010
Rachel lives with her mother on The Property. The good thing about living there is that it’s far from the city where the oppressive government is most active. The bad thing, at least to most people, is that it’s close to the Line—an uncrossable section of the National Border Defense System, an invisible barrier that encloses the entire country.
She can see the Line from the greenhouse windows, but she is forbidden to go near it. Across the Line is Away, and though Rachel has heard many whispers about the dangers there, she’s never really believed the stories. Until the day she hears a recording that could only have come from across the Line.
It’s a voice asking for help.
Who sent the message? What is her mother hiding? And to what lengths will Rachel go in order to do what she thinks is right?
After months of waiting I finally got my hands on a copy. Dystopian wasn't really my thing but after reading a bunch of them I started warming up to it. There's something about a sad world that reeks or hopelessness, inconvenience, and anything that is not like the world that we live in is some what appealing, scary yes but that's the beauty of reading it. The characters are always interesting and this book is of no exception.
The story was futuristic, set after a war that nearly killed our planet. Our main girl Rachel lives with her mother at the guest house of Ms. Moore's property and that is what they call it, the PROPERTY where in the greenhouse is their source of income. It is situated a few yards from THE LINE border. This all seems intriguing. The government in this book is obviously into some kind of conspiracy. Feeding people all these stories about AWAY and the OTHERS, these scared most people. It prevents them from even thinking about leaving, to question it or start a rebellion. So living a few yards away from it instantly piqued my curiosity. Why live there? I am certain too that Mrs. Moore & Vivian (Rachel's mom) is hiding something and I wanted to know what it is. It might be two different secrets but it is obviously something to do with AWAY or the OTHERS. But there is one negative about this book. The pace... the employment of Rachel inside the greenhouse bored me. I am not interested in orchids at the moment so the first 7 chapters... I keep thinking, is it relevant? I almost didn't want to finish it. It was too slow and not enough mystery for me to look forward, but I remember the blurb... there is going to be something... so I kept on reading until... Rachel discovered... A tape recorder. With a message. A past. About her parents. About her dad, and it was.... *gasp*
Patience is a virtue. When you get to "that" chapter you won't be able to put this book down. It is a good start for a new dystopian series.
at 10:21 AM Posted by PeaceLove&Pat