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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.
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Fiction Vixen said...

I enjoyed your review. I don't think this book is for me though. I don't usually care for futuristic type books.

Emily said...

I agree that this is definitely not a book to judge by the first half- I thought that the first half was kind of preachy but then the story took off in a big way and now I'm excited for the next book. Great review!

Smokinhotbooks said...

What happens after gasp?! I need to know.

mis(h)takes said...

Haha your teasing review...very sneaky =D Definitely makes me want THE LINE even more!!

PeaceLove&Pat said...

FictionVixen - thanks for dropping by :) go to the bookstore, sneak at peak at ummm... let's say Chapter 10, see if it might interest you a little. It's not that futuristic :)

Emily - I know half of the book was zzzz inducing, the other half was worth the wait. When is AWAY coming out?

SHB - I cannot tell you. It will defeat the purpose of encouraging you to buy the book. LOL

mis(h)takes - drop me a comment when you write a review about it. I wanna know if my *gas* worked. lol

Stephanie G said...

I haven't heard of this before. I'll need to look into it more before I decide. Thanks for bringing it to my attention and for the great review

elizabeth said...

Nice review. Definitely won't give up on this book if I start it! Thanks!

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

I have been wanting to read this one for awhile. My first dystopian read was Winter's End by Jean-Claude Mourlevat and I really liked it. By the sounds of it, if I give it time, I'll like this one too. Thanks for the nice review!

PeaceLove&Pat said...

Michelle - I gotta check Winter's End. The title sounds so familiar but I couldn't remember if I have read it before.

~The Book Pixie said...

I've really been wanting to read this one and I still can't wait to. I love dystopian novels/series and really think I'll enjoy The Line. Thanks for the honest review.


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