The Line was intriguing, mysterious, and wonderfully suspenseful!
When I first started, I had no idea what to expect. Hall fills the reader in easily on the details of the world Rachel lives in. Naturally, the intro takes awhile to explain some details about the way life is, and how Rachel's mom Vivian works on The Property for the fabulously sassy-and-sorta-mean Ms. Moore. Vivian has always encouraged Rachel to be strong, smart, and to always question what the real truth is (which completely rocks). Rachel is brave, and a great heroine for this novel.
Rachel ends up working in the greenhouse, tending to Ms. Moore's flowers after an incident. I really enjoyed Ms. Moore's character, I never really knew quite what to expect from her.
As soon as Rachel finds the tape recorder with a message pleading for help, the true story begins. There are honestly moments that surprised me, the perfect sense of suspense filled the pages, and it had a very shocking ending that has me curious for the next installment!
Highlights: Once the action began, I was completely captivated by the story. I literally could not put the book down. I don't want to say much more plot-wise in this review, because I do not want to ruin the story for anyone.
Lowlights: The beginning was kind of slow, as it did the set-up. It took quite awhile to finally get to the suspense, the mystery and the action, but it was well worth the wait.
Far away from the overcrowded cities where the oppressive government tyrannizes its people and the only thing that ensures a decent life is money, Rachel and her mother live and work quietly on The Property, owned by the distant and aloof Ms. Moore. Bordering the Property is the Line, the most notorious section of the invisible boundary that borders the country. No one is allowed in or out. No one knows what is beyond the Line...until Rachel receives a mysterious recording, begging for help. Now … more
Grade 7–10—For as long as she can remember, Rachel has lived a quiet life on The Property. Following her father's disappearance and assumed death in a war, her mother has been working as a live-in domestic for Ms. Moore, an orchid grower. But now that she's older, Rachel is consumed with questions about the Line, an invisible border that runs near the greenhouse at the back of The Property, separating the Unified States from Away. It is only when she receives a mysterious message from beyond the border that she begins to learn about her country's true history and the parts her parents played during the War. Hall's first novel gets off to a slow start, and the somewhat convoluted plot and two-dimensional protagonists may lose readers at the beginning. The writing relies heavily on overly long descriptive passages rather than allowing character development and dialogue to move the plot forward. For more engaging dystopian novels, suggest Lois Lowry'sThe Giver(Houghton, 1993) and Michael Grant'sGone(HarperTeen, 2008).—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.