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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.

Hardcover, 219 pages
Published March 4th 2010 by Dial Books (first published February 26th 2010)
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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.

Aug 04, 2010 Bry rated it it was ok
"The Line took me 'away' in one page-turning gulp. Hall's writing is seamless, smooth, and compelling..." Review by Mary Pearson

What 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
Apr 27, 2010 Amanda rated it it was ok
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 sound more sci-fi ("digim" for "picture," "creds" for "dollars"). Made-up words do not create an interesting world all by themselves. Overa ...more
Dec 16, 2009 Courtney added it
Shelves: ya-fiction, 2009
I have been looking forward to The Line since the deal announcement went up in Publishers Marketplace, "set in the near future, when an invisible, physical barrier exists between the Unified States and Away, examining a girl's choice to risk crossing not just the barrier, but the lines her protective mother has drawn for her in order to keep her safe from a destructive, controlling government..."

Doesn't it get your mind whirring? Doesn't it make the reader in you say, "Heck yes?" That is totally
Miss Clark
Aug 25, 2010 Miss Clark rated it it was ok
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Jul 24, 2010 Kristi rated it liked it
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
Debut Authors Blog
Mar 18, 2010 Debut Authors Blog rated it it was ok
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
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,
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
This is the first book, in a very very long time, that I am DNF'ing because of the prose and not story. It's just so terrible. The repetitiveness of the prose is so terrible. (See wut I did thar? ;)) The telling is even worse.

Why the hell did the author feel the need to repeat the MCs name over and over and over and (I know you're giving me side eyes for being dramatic, but I'm not) over again. In one paragraph, in a single paragraph of reasonable length (aka, not James Joyce or even single pag
Jan 20, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it
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.
Becca Lee
Jun 07, 2010 Becca Lee rated it liked it
I had high hopes for the book, I LOVE dystopianesque (is that even a word?) books. The book is extremely gripping with its “mesmerizing prose.” A review from Mary E. Pearson (Adoration of Jenna Fox) says, “The Line took me ‘away’ in one page-turning gulp. Hall’s writing is seamless, smooth, and compelling – I can’t wait for the next installment. This is a new author to keep an eye on.” I couldn’t agree with her more. I am anxiously awaiting book two and I found myself extremely satisfied yet wan ...more
Nov 29, 2009 Donald rated it liked it
I've been selected as an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) reader through Goodreads. Exciting, huh? I received it in the mail on November 21st of 2009. The cover states that it is "Advance, Uncorrected Proof, Not For Resale."

The back cover synopsis for this novel lured me in; it did its job nicely.

The story concept—about the people associated with The Property, which is on the inside of the US (Unified States) border—sounds pretty cool. The border—or Line—is a force-field like barrier keeping the citize
Jennifer Wardrip
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Rachel has lived on The Property since before she can remember. Her mother works for Ms. Moore, the owner, as a housekeeper of the large house. Rachel enjoys living far from town and away from the strong governmental control most other people must suffer. People living in towns deal with unfair and random taxes and, when they can't pay, are taken to jail.

Most people would hate living on The Property because it backs up to The Line, a small section
Chels M.
Nov 25, 2011 Chels M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dystopian fans.
Reseña extraída de mi blog literario, Pouring Feelings...

El punto de partida de esta reseña es el siguiente: The Line es el primer libro en inglés que leo. Cuando comencé su lectura, no sabía qué iba a encontrarme pues no había leído ni una sola reseña. Su prometedora sinopsis fue suficiente para hacerme con él y leerlo meses más tarde. Tampoco sabía si mi nivel de inglés iba a ser suficiente para leerlo, o si por el contrario se me haría cuesta arriba. No ha sido el caso. Al principio sí miraba
Cassandra Moore
Mar 13, 2010 Cassandra Moore rated it it was amazing
Another enjoyable book! At first the story is slightly confusing with the terms of Teri Hall's society; terms like "Away" and "the Others." It's a dystopian novel which I absolutely adore ever since I read the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. The story is told in third person, mostly by following Rachel, but sometimes following her mom or Ms. Moore. The pace is superb despite getting used to the terms they use for things. The plot is similar to most dystopian novels. There's a society which wa ...more
Sep 09, 2009 Allison rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-teen, dystopian
This book got 3 stars mostly because I'm getting mad at books that are obviously written to be the first installment in a series. I mean those books that end on cliff hangers, as if they're a mini-series on TV. There is a way to write a book with an ending that feels satisfying as an ending and still have it be part of a series, and still have your reader dying to see what the next installment is about. Too many YA books these days seem to be composed as if the author is imagining what the story ...more
Dec 04, 2009 Lauren rated it really liked it
Even before reading The Line, I just knew it had the possibility to be destined for great things. The cover? Creepy yet intriguing. The premise? Creative and had the probability to go in a lot of directions. Sadly, while I did enjoy The Line quite a bit, the execution of the said premise fell a little too flat, in my opinion.

The characters were one of the most rewarding aspects of the story. Since, I admired Rachel, the main character, for always being strong and doing what she thought was righ
Laura Lulu
Apr 09, 2010 Laura Lulu rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, dystopia
I am giving this 3 stars based on it's potential--it really only deserves 2, but I will read the sequel, so I'll throw a bone and give it three.

This book was only 220 pages of large print, and it ended right when the action started. That's not a cliffhanger, that's a book cut in half. I appreciate the popularity of trilogies & series--I'm a fan myself--but this was a novella.

Also, the writing was amateurish, especially the dialogue. Mom & teenage daughter shopping: "Mom, this fish is goi
Aug 28, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
The Line is categorized as a YA (young adult) novel. With that being said my qualifications on the content are less critical than a book that is geared towards a more mature reader. However, I really don't have any criticisms of this book other than the slower start to lure me in. I'd say I wasn't fully invested in the story until page 70 or so, which was about a third of the way through. But from that point on the story kept building, the tension continued to mount until the final page that lef ...more
I wouldn't say this book was so bad I felt like throwing my iPad across the room, but it was just. so. boring. It's a pity because it had so much promise. Oppressive government, media-dictated society, isolation from other countries, unknown beings scattered outside the borders, covert rebellions budding up from the inside? It had everything that could've made an intense, mysterious, action-filled adventure.

What it came across as, if I could put a name on it, would be fantasy drama. Imagine Harr
Feb 04, 2010 Brittany rated it really liked it
Rachel and her mother live on The Property and have for a long time. The Property is right next to The Line (a border to keep the U.S. separate from Away) but none of the government frequents out to this section of the border. Rachel didn't grow up with other kids but her mom has not kept her in the dark about the way things really are in the world. Rachel reads many articles about the mutants and other horrors that live in Away and though Await fascinates her it also scares her. She never gives ...more
Steph Su
Mar 16, 2010 Steph Su rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of Margaret Peterson Haddix
THE LINE is an intriguing but unfortunately very slow start to what could be a great and unique series. It’s extremely hard for me to pass judgment on this book on account of its “first in a series” symptoms. If you have a patient love for dystopian literature, you might really enjoy this book…unless you put it down first due to its slow pace and youngish writing style.

Teri Hall has created a scarily believable dystopian world where the government has taken on a whole new type of authority and p
Jan 12, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it
Shelves: teenbooks
Summary: A dystopia projecting what might happen if the US builds a defense wall (The Line) around the country. A war with another country interferes before the wall is complete and an area of the country is left undefended. The inhabitants are exposed to bio-weapons and are now considered contaminated. The new repressive government forbids contact with them. Rumors swirl about what has happened to them…are they now mutated monsters? Rachel lives with her mother near The Line and one day meets o ...more
Aug 08, 2009 Ab rated it really liked it
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This book reminded me of "House of the Scorpion" by Nancy Farmer, "The Giver" by Lois Lowry, and "Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld. If you like those, you'll like this.

It's about a girl who lives in the U.S. (that's "Unified States") years after the Line was set up to keep people in and out. A bomb was dropped during a war that the U.S. really was the bad guy in, though the textbooks and "official" stories have all been changed (sound familiar?), and the radiation caused them to
Abby Johnson
Mar 27, 2010 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
Since she can remember, Rachel has lived near The Line, a force field erected to protect the United States from attackers - and to keep The Others out. She's always been fascinated by Away and often wonders what could be out there. But when she receives a message from Away, Rachel begins to uncover the terrible truths that her mother has been hiding from her.

This is an intriguing addition to the genre of dystopian lit and it will please fans of The Giver and Among the Hidden. Recommended for sc
April*procrastinator and proud*
Okay... I did write a review for this book where I said it was worth a read but..... NO IT ISN'T.
*sigh* Now that I've gotten that out of my system....
The writing wasn't very good (needed more emotion) the characters were bland and the main chick.... i REALLY didn't know what her age was.... HOW OLD WAS SHE! Sometimes I thought she was 16... then i was absolutely convinced she was 10.... then maybe around the 17-ish range... It was all just very confusing for my poor little brain....
Sep 26, 2015 Woff rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
As I was getting to the end and groaning about how awful this was, my girlfriend said "it's never too late to stop reading a bad book". I stopped.
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 28, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was ok
Just another dystopian novel, trendy but nothing special. If anything, it was choppy, predictable and very boring.
Ellz Readz
Feb 17, 2010 Ellz Readz rated it it was amazing
My thoughts...WOW, this is one of the best books I have read in a while. This is the first dystopian story I have ever read and I really enjoyed it. The best part of the book is the suspense. From the very first chapter, you are immediately drawn into this world divided by an invisible barrier. My imagine ran wild as I thought about what could be on the other side and how life would be, if such a barrier split our world. The mystery continues, even as we learn more about The Line. Through a moth ...more
Lori (Pure Imagination)
Feb 09, 2010 Lori (Pure Imagination) rated it really liked it
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When I started The Line I really didn't know what to expect. I had read some mixed reviews. So praising the novel and some saying it fell a little flat. I'm somewhere in the I'm definitely leaning more toward praising.

As most of you know I love all things dystipian. Something you may not know is I really love politics(can you believe that?) I'm fascinated by the inner working of the government and I have a big imagination so I can only assume that that's where my love for dystopia
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