Release date: March 4th, 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?
Review: 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.