CBR III Review #151: The Line by Teri Hall
Rachael lives with her mother in a future dystopian society. Her father died many years ago and now her and her mother work on the Property. The Property is on the border of the Line. The Line is a protective barrier that runs around the United States of America. The barrier was put in place after a series of atomic bombs were headed towards the US. The problem is once the barrier was put in place many people were stuck on the other side of the line and had to survive despite the bombs fallout with no help or supplies from the US. These people are now referred to as the Others. Rachael finds a note begging from help from what could only be an Other and she starts to unravel the secret of the Barrier and what actually happened to her father.
The Line suffered from a problem that a lot of young adult novels do. It treats it’s audience like kids. The best YA books are ones that can be read and enjoyed by adults as well. The Line oversimplifies what is going on and doesn’t really get to the heart of the problems and the issues surrounding the US. We get a glossary overview of what is occurring but that is about it. I want to read a dystopian novel that has fully created a new world, one that will suck you in and make you want to stay in the world as long as possible. The Line attempts this but falls short. There is a second novel in the series that is out, but the first novel felt so rushed I’m not sure I would enjoy the second novel.
- Reading level: Ages 12 and up
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Dial (March 4, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803734662
- ISBN-13: 978-0803734661
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars