Monday, 9 May 2011

Review of The Line by Teri Hall

In this dystopian tale, Rachel and her mother, Vivian, live on The Property with uptight Ms Moore. The Property is far enough away from the nearest town that the Government Enforcement Officer's don't pay too much attention. The Property is however right on The Line. The Line is a National Border Defense system put in place many eons before for the safety of all U.S citizens. No one can get in, but no one can get out.

Rachel's already over-zealous interest in Away, the land that occupies the other side of The Line, is amped up after she finds a recording device with a muffled plea for help, the device is from Away. 

Ms Moore owns the property and is very strict, but what is she hiding about Away? Rachel is determined to find out and Vivian just wants to hide.

This was a very quick read and for the most part it was enjoyable. The characters and plot were interesting enough, however I found it lacking in many ways. I think the shortness of the novel was a big part of this lack. Mainly, there was not much character development or build up to the events towards the end of the book. It was a blink-and-you-miss-it type book, which was a shame as it had real potential as I love all things Dysopia. The sequel, Away, will hopefully fix my disappointment. I have not phyisically seen it, but if it is as short as The Line, I will feel as though it was meant to be one book that has been split in half for sales purposes perhaps?

The character of Ms Moore was the most enjoyable in the book as I felt out of all of them she had the most interesting growth. The main character of Rachel was bland and I felt like we didn't really get to know her at all. The male lead and potential love interest, Pathik, was unappealing, again due to the little we actually know about him.

I recommend it if you have a few hours spare one day, but don't expect your socks rocked.


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