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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Book Review: The Line by Teri Hall

Title: The Line
Author: Teri Hall
Publication Date: March 2010
Genre: YA
Age: 10+
Pages: 228
Series: 1st in a series
Book Acquisition: ARC from 1 ARC Tours
My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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?

I pretty much loved everything about this book. The characters were very real, and some were pretty fascinating. There was mystery and suspense. Lost loves and new beginnings.

I love dystopian stories and The Line did not disappoint. Imagine a world, basically the United States as we know it but cut off from the rest of the world. Cut off from anybody and anything that might have existed before a devastating attack and the emergence of an all consuming, all powerful government. This is Rachel's world.

There are so many questions in this book! What really happened when The Line went up? What is Away really like? Who can Rachel trust? 

The pace was awesome. Not too fast but not too drawn out. Each page gave just enough. I don't know about you, but when I read, I have a running picture in my head of what's going on. A internal movie. I find I have problems with books I can't visulize well. The Line was perfect! From start to finish, I had a perfect head movie going on!

I love this book!

Wait, did I say that already? Oh well :)

The Line is Teri's first book and I think she did a fabulous job!
I would recommend this book to any dystopian YA fans. Also, the ending? Wow! I want more!

Books in the Series:
The Line - March 2010
Away - Early 2011

Linkage Love:
Dial Books for Young Readers
Author's Website

Other Reviews:
Cornucopia of Reviews
B.A.M. Book Reviews


  1. What a great review - I SOO want to read this book!

  2. I love dystopian stories as well. This book sounds like a must read for sure.

  3. I'm dying to read the Line! Dystopian stories are so much fun to read, because they are so thought provoking. :-)


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