The Line

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

In this futuristic debut, Rachel lives with her widowed mother, who is a housekeeper on the Property, an estate that borders the Line, a protective barrier that runs along the U.S. border. After a hostile force, the Korusal, blasted the area with atomic bombs, the Line has been rigidly maintained to keep out the Others: people who were trapped in the bombs’ fallout. Rachel is intensely curious about what life is like in the Away, beyond the Line, and when she finds a message from an Other pleading for help, she jumps into action. Her efforts trigger a series of events that not only compromise everyone on the Property but also reveal dangerous secrets. Hall nicely embeds the history of this repressive future world in a tense narrative that will leave readers intrigued with the mysterious Away. Rachel is an appealing character, and her young voice and the straightforward language make this a good choice for introducing young readers to the science-fiction genre. The abrupt cliff-hanger ending will create demand for the next book in the series. Grades 5-8. --Lynn Rutan 

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (March 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803734662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803734661
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces


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