An invisible, uncrossable physical barrier encloses the United 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


10 thoughts on “The Line

  1. Kim Kim says:

    TBR Reduce Challenge 4 2011 Lora My summary for this book I recommend this to anybody who has trouble sleeping and or with their orchids sighs TBR Reduce Challenge 4 2011 Lora My summary for this book I recommend this to anybody who has trouble sleeping and or with their orchids sighs


  2. Bry Bry says:

    The Line took me away in one page turning gulp Hall s writing is seamless, smooth, and compelling Review by Mary PearsonWhat book was she reading and where can I get a copy of it At the very least tell me which single page took her away because for most of the book I was still waiting for some sort of action to arise out of the multitude of pages that consisted of nothing but info dumps poorly masked as history lessons for the main character And finally when the action really did getThe Line took me away in one page turning gulp Hall s writing is seamless, smooth, and compelling Review by Mary PearsonWhat book was she reading and where can I get a copy of it At the very least tell me which single page took her away because for most of the book I was still waiting for some sort of action to arise out of the multitude of pages that consisted of nothing but info dumps poorly masked as history lessons for the main character And finally when the action really did get under way around page 180 of 220 and I totally got into the plot THE BOOK ENDED Yes, all publishers seem to want series or at least trilogies so they can milk them for every penny they are worth but at least make the books full length and not just 220 pages with no ending whatsoever Seriously the cliffhanger totally pissed me off, and it wasn t even about the main character but a secondary character that I cared for muchthan Rachel Just when I was interested it was over.The writing is seamless Smooth Compelling REALLY More like choppy Juvenile Boring.You have a main character so sheltered she barely speaks tothan 3 people for the majority of her life Her mother whose past makes her wanted by the government but instead of teaching her child to fit in, not makes waves, etc teaches her all about the corruptness and injustices Does she want Rachel to get arrested You get a plot that while not original is different since it applies to a country modeled after the US making a nation whose foundation is based on individual freedoms into a martial law type government after near world destruction from world wide wars But instead of taking this idea of a future dystopia and making it succeed like The Hunger Games you get a a book full of potential that fails to deliver.Also, I needed a freaking map to explain the geography to me The US was the only country name that was familiar except I didn t realize for most of the book that whenever they said the U.S they weren t referring to the United Stated but the Unified States Further, the Line consisted of coastline, forest, and seemed like every terrain in the US, so what part of the country was it actually surrounding The called the area outside of the Line Away and was supposedly affected by weapons of mass destruction yet all the foreign countries were outside the Line yet weren t affected like Away was So were they really far away from Away Do you see how confusing this is I feel like I am playing Who s on First with a book Who knows maybe I went into this book with the wrong mindset, or expecting to much, or.I don t know I really thought I would love it but that just didn t happen I have to read the second book in the series though since it will actually be like the end of the first book because I really want to know what happens So annoying The plot didn t grab my interest till the end but now I am hooked Yeah, yeah, you win Mr Publisher man but I still won t buy it Yay for libraries Basically this book had so much potential that I want to rate it higher based on that alone The plot ended with so many posibilities, but because of the lack of characterization and setting detail oh and lets not forget the agonizing info dumps I just couldn t give it 3 stars.My review in one word Disappointment


  3. Ms. C Ms. C says:

    It s not like there was anything wrong with this book There just wasn t anything right, either The writing is really clunky I am pretty sure some of these paragraphs were what not to do examples in my high school creative writing textbooks The characters are flat and boring Plus, Hall does that annoying thing where she unnecessarily makes up words to soundsci fi digim for picture, creds for dollars Made up words do not create an interesting world all by themselves Overa It s not like there was anything wrong with this book There just wasn t anything right, either The writing is really clunky I am pretty sure some of these paragraphs were what not to do examples in my high school creative writing textbooks The characters are flat and boring Plus, Hall does that annoying thing where she unnecessarily makes up words to soundsci fi digim for picture, creds for dollars Made up words do not create an interesting world all by themselves Overall, the world was not particularly well developed or believable when is this set How is it possible that all of these countries except the U.S have different names How is the government simultaneously so tyrannical and so incompetent And WHY did all of the world building happen in the form of a pop quiz The other big problem is that this book requires the reader to be concerned about the characters, which is impossible because a we know nothing about any of them, nor believe anything they say because they are all painfully insincere, and b you never believe that their world is actually dangerous Oh no, they might have to wear jumpsuits Ugh Add to that the predictable ending and the lazy dialogue, and you re in for a real treat I might have liked it in middle school, though, because I was a big X Files fan and would have loved the over the top paranoia about the government


  4. Tink Magoo is bad at reviews Tink Magoo is bad at reviews says:

    Really slow like a Sloth , kinda boring skimmed to 80% and still not a great deal was going on , the writing was also hard work to get through, so it s a DNF at 18% for me.


  5. Jeffrey Baird Jeffrey Baird says:

    The Line is a young adult dystopian novel set in the futuristic nation of The Unified States Rachel lives with her mom Vivian on The Property A piece of land owned by Elizabeth Moore that borders the infamous Line , an invisible and impassable defense border built by the government The people that live on the other side serve as boogie man figures for children in the US and the media circulates stories of the others committing crimes.While Teri Hall managed to create an imaginative world The Line is a young adult dystopian novel set in the futuristic nation of The Unified States Rachel lives with her mom Vivian on The Property A piece of land owned by Elizabeth Moore that borders the infamous Line , an invisible and impassable defense border built by the government The people that live on the other side serve as boogie man figures for children in the US and the media circulates stories of the others committing crimes.While Teri Hall managed to create an imaginative world and a fun book, there are flaws that ruined the experience for me The first was the introduction and naming of Hall s world We learn about The Unified States right along with Rachel as she is learning it from her mother The information she is learning seems out of place, something she should already know This introduction to an otherwise extremely interesting world is a cop out by Hall Also, naming the country The Unified States is a clear attempt to draw the reader to the similarities between the future she painted for her world and the realities of ours Instead of driving this important point home, it cheapened it, taking out a lot of room for reader interpretation.Another issue I had was with Hall s characters Rachel, the most dynamic of the characters, is a young girl whose motivations are not usually clear Her transformation is shallow and a result of new information rather than any internal growth Rachel s mother Vivian is even worse It is clear she is hiding something for the entire first half of the novel and the reader is left with little doubt as to what the secret is Elizabeth Moore is my least favorite character Hall tries to give her an air of mystery by making her an aloof old woman, but leaves the reader with a cliche I was not surprised to find that Ms Moore really has a big heart.I can, however, forgive those shortcomings if it wasn t for one thing The ending I know that this book is supposed to be part of a series, but come on You can t make a series of novels by taking one long novel and cutting it into parts There wasn t a story in this book Hall left me hanging like a two part television show where the next episode doesn t come out for a year I am a firm believer that each novel needs to stand on its own There needs to be an overreaching plot that spans the entire series, but each book needs to have enough plot so that I can pick it up, out of order, and enjoy it Jeff is angry Anger aside, the book was entertaining I tore through it like a tornado through a trailer park and became absorbed in the world Hall created The Line won t ever make one of my top ten lists, but it is worth reading and I will be buying the second one Jeff s Debut Novel Awards image error The Page Turner image error The World Builder image error The Hulk Smash image error No DivingA twenty two year old University student, Jeff is the founder and coeditor of The Debut Authors Blog He is an aspiring author and a self avowed bibliophile Also, he is not above shameless self promotion and talking in the third person.Read this review along with a full description of the awards at The Debut Authors Blog


  6. Miss Clark Miss Clark says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Part of the 2010 Debut Author Challenge2.5 stars Reads like the first half of a single book, not the first book in a series It was better than I had expected it to be after encountering some less favorable reviews They were mostly concerned with plot and such.Evil, corrupt tyrannical government set in a futuristic society Check.No rights and obscene, excessive taxes CheckGirl who will somehow bring about the collapse of this unjust regime and inspire a rebellion Check.So, clearly we have a Part of the 2010 Debut Author Challenge2.5 stars Reads like the first half of a single book, not the first book in a series It was better than I had expected it to be after encountering some less favorable reviews They were mostly concerned with plot and such.Evil, corrupt tyrannical government set in a futuristic society Check.No rights and obscene, excessive taxes CheckGirl who will somehow bring about the collapse of this unjust regime and inspire a rebellion Check.So, clearly we have all the makings of a dystopian society set in an America years ahead, with all the other countries having different names and borders To ensure the safety of America s own borders from ground invasion following the passage of international laws making nuclear missile weapons illegal, the government of the U.S created a force field around the states and anyone who happened to be on the other side got abandoned there when a neighboring country threw some radioactive weapons at the US Lots of people died and those that did not ended up gaining some strange abilities down through the generations You cannot have radioactive weapons without genetic mutation and super powers It is some unwritten rule The maps What are they and why are they so important How does Pathik know Daniel Is Daniel still alive Was not very invested in the fate of the characters,plot driven I ll probably pick up the next book to see what happens, but if it is dragged on any farther, I m out Publishers need to stop milking stories forthan they have to give.Cover deserves a mention though because it is a lovely one It fits the story the greenhouse being an essential building that figures into the story frequently and the lighting gives an appropriately mysterious and spooky feel The font, sparse, thin and rigid speaks volumes, as does the line running down A cover that fits the book, enhances the attraction of the book and after reading it I was not confused by the cover or feel misled


  7. Kristi Kristi says:

    If you asked me if I m a fan a dystopian fiction, I d tell you no Yet everything time I read a dystopian novel, I end up loving it maybe I am just in denial.The Line is a very diverting novel Maybe I m just a dystopian newbie, but the whole concept was very intriguing The first part of the novel was a little slow for me, the introduction of the characters, the explanation of the world Don t let that slow start stop you from reading the rest of the novel, because you will be disappointed If you asked me if I m a fan a dystopian fiction, I d tell you no Yet everything time I read a dystopian novel, I end up loving it maybe I am just in denial.The Line is a very diverting novel Maybe I m just a dystopian newbie, but the whole concept was very intriguing The first part of the novel was a little slow for me, the introduction of the characters, the explanation of the world Don t let that slow start stop you from reading the rest of the novel, because you will be disappointed if you do The world Hall has created is both engrossing and terrifying.the supreme control of the government, its constant domination over every aspect of life, it was intensely depressing Most of the knowledge you gain about this world is in the lessons Rachel receives from her mom, so you re getting the lesson as well That was a little tedious at times, but it was a canny way to give the reader a lot of information The characters, while I found them to be a little blah in the beginning, really grew on me by the end of the novel Especially Ms Moore, that lady is layered like an onion Rachel is an excellent main character, she s very easy to relate to, but she s a little naive and headstrong The possibility for growth there is undeniable.Not to mention the last half of this novel was just wow I really can t tell you anything about it without being spoilery but wow What an ending Overall, this is an awesome dystopian novel, don t let to slow start scare you away


  8. Reynje Reynje says:

    Unfortunately for me, The Line was a definite case of a premise I loved, and execution that I did not Despite it s recent glutting with offerings some better than others , dystopia is still a genre I love Because amid the lacklustre, the poorly conceived, and frankly absurd, every now and then I find a YA dystopian novel that completely blows me away.This book was not one of them The Line takes some familiar aspects a divided and reconstructed former US, war, heavy restrictions on citizens, Unfortunately for me, The Line was a definite case of a premise I loved, and execution that I did not Despite it s recent glutting with offerings some better than others , dystopia is still a genre I love Because amid the lacklustre, the poorly conceived, and frankly absurd, every now and then I find a YA dystopian novel that completely blows me away.This book was not one of them The Line takes some familiar aspects a divided and reconstructed former US, war, heavy restrictions on citizens, and adds a sinister slant in the form of the invisible barrier that separates the Unified States from Away Away is rumoured to be populated by the bizarre and superhuman victims of weapons used during the conflict The Line ostensibly keeps these unacknowledged beings out, while locking citizens in The story revolves largely around three female characters, each of a different generation, who live on The Property that backs onto the Line Vivian and her daughter Rachel have sought the relative safety of isolation after the death of Vivian s husband, while their employer Mrs Moore harbours secrets of her own It was a concept that piqued my interested cough along with the gorgeous cover , yet my initial enthusiasm waned fairly quickly As with most readers, I have certain preferences when it comes to writing style That s not to say that I m not open to new things, but I know generally what works for me This didn t The writing is clinical and somewhat formal, keeping the reader distant As a result, I simply could not engage with the characters at all At the end of the novel, I still feel like I have no real idea who they are, what they re like as people Hall frequently tells us what emotions they are experiencing, but at no point did I actually feel this for myself There was something rather methodical and detached about the manner of storytelling in this case Also, to put it bluntly, not a lot actually happens in this book view spoiler In a nutshell A girl crosses a forbidden line Literally hide spoiler This makes me think that the perhaps the purpose here was to build an incredible amount of tension and suspense through a deceptively slow paced plot and a richly realised atmosphere of menace, keeping readers on their mental toes and unsure of what to expect That s all well and good, but there is a fine line between achieving this and. not To be completely honest, I spent a large portion of this book feeling vaguely bored and wishing somethingwould happen Despite this, and without spoiling the ending, there is some hope that things may getinteresting in the sequel I m keen to see some of the elements that initially drew me to this book be further developed, and I hope this is the case in Away Finally, my favourite thing about The Line Sheep cats Is that not the coolest thing you ve heard all day Sheep cats


  9. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Book 1 of 3 in a Young Adult dystopian series The title refers to an uncrossable section of the National Border Defense System, an invisible barrier that encloses the entire United States in the future The first 30% of this book was a bit awkwardly written, with alot of info dumps about how the Line and the totalitarian government that controls it came to be The story does pick up, though, and did turn into a compelling read It does have a cliff hanger ending, so you ll have to read the next Book 1 of 3 in a Young Adult dystopian series The title refers to an uncrossable section of the National Border Defense System, an invisible barrier that encloses the entire United States in the future The first 30% of this book was a bit awkwardly written, with alot of info dumps about how the Line and the totalitarian government that controls it came to be The story does pick up, though, and did turn into a compelling read It does have a cliff hanger ending, so you ll have to read the next books to complete the story Not the best book of this type that I ve read, but certainly not the worst


  10. Emily Emily says:

    The Line is a clever mix of dystopian fiction, the paranormal, a slight dash of romance, and a bunch of important lessons it s a good way to pass the time while we all wait for the third Hunger Games book to come out.I will say this The Line takes awhile to get started It starts off as a fairly typical if there is such a thing dystopian novel the U.S barely won an all out nuclear war and deals with the huge amounts of collateral damage by enforcing draconian laws, taxes, and punishments The Line is a clever mix of dystopian fiction, the paranormal, a slight dash of romance, and a bunch of important lessons it s a good way to pass the time while we all wait for the third Hunger Games book to come out.I will say this The Line takes awhile to get started It starts off as a fairly typical if there is such a thing dystopian novel the U.S barely won an all out nuclear war and deals with the huge amounts of collateral damage by enforcing draconian laws, taxes, and punishments Rachel Quillen and her mom, Vivian, live outside of town on The Property, a large parcel of land complete with greenhouse hence the cover that s owned by Ms Moore, Vivian s boss and Rachel s teacher when it comes to growing orchids Rachel is a likeable enough character her mom warns her constantly to be vigilant and to think for herself, but Rachel never really understands why.All that changes when Rachel makes some discoveries about her mom s past, her dad s history, and the truth of what lays on the other side of The Line, which is the boundary between the supposedly safe area and Away, the supposedly vast nuclear wasteland This is the point in the story about halfway where The Line undergoes a transformation and becomes a unique book Rachel has to make some tough choices and encounters that moment that we all go through when we realize that our parents are not perfect the secondary characters especially the Others get a good share of the attention and their experiences and positions definitely stoked my interest in the next installment, since this is the first book in a series On an unrelated note, I thought the explanations of the history behind the current political situation in the book were really interesting and, because they took the form of dialogue between Rachel and her mom, didn t bog the story down, which is always nice A lot of thought obviously went into creating a realistic backstory for the politics and regulations of the world the story is set in.My main criticism of the book is that the pacing of the book is just a little bit off we get a whole lot of establishment in the beginning of the book that basically presents the themes of the book, one after the other Then there s almost a pause, and the action of the story picked up dramatically I think I would have appreciated athorough blending of the two elements Granted, I read an uncorrected proof and perhaps there are some differences between that and the final product, but the pacing was one thing that stood out in my mind.With that said, The Line is a good start in what certainly seems to be a promising series I m definitely on board for future installments and am excited to find out what happens with the Others and Rachel in the next book.Overall Grade B Readreviews at What Book is That I will say this The Line takes awhile to get started It starts off as a fairly typical if there is such a thing dystopian novel the U.S barely won an all out nuclear war and deals with the huge amounts of collateral damage by enforcing draconian laws, taxes, and punishments Rachel Quillen and her mom, Vivian, live outside of town on The Property, a large parcel of land complete with greenhouse hence the cover that s owned by Ms Moore, Vivian s boss and Rachel s teacher when it comes to growing orchids Rachel is a likeable enough character her mom warns her constantly to be vigilant and to think for herself, but Rachel never really understands why.All that changes when Rachel makes some discoveries about her mom s past, her dad s history, and the truth of what lays on the other side of The Line, which is the boundary between the supposedly safe area and Away, the supposedly vast nuclear wasteland This is the point in the story about halfway where The Line undergoes a transformation and becomes a unique book Rachel has to make some tough choices and encounters that moment that we all go through when we realize that our parents are not perfect the secondary characters especially the Others get a good share of the attention and their experiences and positions definitely stoked my interest in the next installment, since this is the first book in a series On an unrelated note, I thought the explanations of the history behind the current political situation in the book were really interesting and, because they took the form of dialogue between Rachel and her mom, didn t bog the story down, which is always nice A lot of thought obviously went into creating a realistic backstory for the politics and regulations of the world the story is set in.My main criticism of the book is that the pacing of the book is just a little bit off we get a whole lot of establishment in the beginning of the book that basically presents the themes of the book, one after the other Then there s almost a pause, and the action of the story picked up dramatically I think I would have appreciated athorough blending of the two elements Granted, I read an uncorrected proof and perhaps there are some differences between that and the final product, but the pacing was one thing that stood out in my mind.With that said, The Line is a good start in what certainly seems to be a promising series I m definitely on board for future installments and am excited to find out what happens with the Others and Rachel in the next book