The Line by Teri Hall Review

Saturday, March 27, 2010 |

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? -Goodreads

I was completely surprised with how impressive The Line was! My expectations were a little low, I'll admit, just because it's sci-fi, and I'm not a big fan (I always say that, but then I usually end up liking it anyway, haha!) I liked how The Line was mostly rooted in what (I consider to be) relatable times and technology. There were some advancements, of course, but it was easy to understand how they worked and the impacts they had on the story.

I thought Hall did a fantastic job with the characters, although I found that there was no real antagonist besides the government. That could definitely change throughout the next books, but I was a little disappointed with how many characters had a change in heart. There wasn't a specific character that could be blamed. However, I felt like it was very easy to connect to Rachel and the choices she made. I can't wait to see her develop over the rest of the series.

I only wish it was longer! It was only a little over 200 pages. I know there will be other installments, but I was a still disappointed that there wasn't more. All in the name of suspense, I know, I know. *sigh*

Rating: 8.5/10


Simply Stacie said...

Stopping by from the Saturday Network. I am now a follower!

Audrey; (AyC) said...

book blog hopper here :) your blog is so beautiful, im now a follower!

and THe Line has been on my wishlist for a while, I quite enjoy dystopian novel with a bit of sci-fi :)

pirate penguin said...

Good thing The Line is out in stores! I could go pick it up now :)

Great review, btw<3

elizabeth said...

I hope to read this book soon! Great review.

Jillian said...

I love your blog, here's an award on mine for you :)

Lauren said...

Excellent review! I'm someone who already loves sci-fi, so unlike you my expectations are already pretty high for this one. Sounds like it's really easy to relate to the situation and characters, which is good. I can't wait to read it.

Anonymous said...


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Tribute Books said...

sounds good will add it to my pile, thanks!

Eternal Night said...

This book sounds great.

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