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Away (The Line #2)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,427 ratings  ·  183 reviews
After crossing the Line, Rachel finds herself in a world where survival is never guaranteed - a world where bizarre creatures roam the woods and people have strange abilities. Everything has gone to ruin Away and the survivors have banded into warring clans. Rachel finds her father being held prisoner by a tribe of Others, and she and her new friends set out to rescue him. ...more
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by Dial Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 2011)
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2.5 stars

I’m not really sure what to say about this book. On one hand, I did actually enjoy this a fraction more than The Line. On the other, it was a case of “more of the same” in terms of the writing, pacing and overall issues I had with the first book.

Away picks up the story shortly after the conclusion of the The Line. Rachel has Crossed and is living with the Others in their camp. Vivian and Mrs Moore are back on the Property, unsure whether they have been betrayed. Rachel finds out that h
Now that Rachel has met Pathik and crossed The Line, life is nothing like she new! Away is a land of warring clans and people with gifts! She knows that now that she has crossed she may never get back. But there are many surprises in store for Rachel!

This was a wonderful continuation of the first book, The Line! It held me captive until I finished! The author did a wonderful job of developing the characters and making them true to life.

Thanks, Teri, for your imagination. This was inspiring!
3.5 stars. What the heck...I'll give it 4.

It's hard for me to put into words why I like this series. I'm going to say some things now that might seem insulting to the book/author, but I'll explain later.

* This story is boring...not alot of action.
* The characters are pretty flat and uninteresting. They show very little emotion, unless highly scared or mildly confused.
* The author only gives crumbs when it comes to world building. I want big chunks of buttery bread with jam...but I get crumbs.
Katie (Books and Katie)
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Rachel shoved the laser saw into her pocket. She thought about what Ms. Moore had told her, before she had Crossed. That brave people are always scared. That you have to be afraid before you can be brave.

Rating: ★★


After Crossing the Line, the defense system put up by the U.S. government which in the process stranded many citizens on the other side, Rachel is thrown into a world she's only heard stories about. Terrible stories out. She is not quite sure what to
This worthy sequel to Hall’s The Line (2010) continues to build a dystopian world with suspense and moral choices. Rachel enters “Away,” the wild area on the other side of the “Line,” the border of the “Unified States.” Life has evolved in Away. There, Rachel meets Pathik, and others of his family and group, many of whom have a supernatural power. Rachel rescues her father from a rival camp. Indigo, Pathik’s grandfather and leader of their camp, decides they should relocate to an island that may ...more
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I really enjoyed The Line, though did think it dragged a bit in the beginning. This sequel doesn't drag at all. It pulled me in from the beginning and kept me turning the pages. I loved getting to learn about the world of Away and its inhabitants, The Others. The search for Rachel's father was really suspenseful and action-packed.

Crossing back over the Line to get Rachel's mom and friends was fun to read about and then the "foolish decision" (from the summary) of Pathik and Rachel really raised
Such a good premise, but mired down by wooden writing and a lack of character development. It's a shame really and I feel bad saying it. Also (as with "The Line") plot elements often feel like kludges, or crude & inelegant means to fix the narrative arc. And yes, they do take the plot from point "A", to the writer's desired point "B"...but they often feel more expedient than truly character driven.
The world Teri Hall builds is quite captivating, with a strong premise, full of much promise.
I don't know about this had potential & it was kind of interesting, but in a lethargic, sleepy, uncaring kind of way. Their thoughts, actions, and speech were just...I don't know, static? Like being underwater? Slow? Unemotional? I am really having a hard times putting it in words.
I didn't connect with any of the characters. I mean I honestly just didn't care about any of them. For lack of a better word, "blah" pretty much sums Away for me.
I will read the next book in the series t
I'm conflicted. I do like the story and it wasn't like this was a bad book at all; I would recommend it to people and I think it was a good follow up to the first. That being said, there is nothing that makes me more angry than when book (or movie, tv, any kind of) characters do stupid things and lack common sense. I understand that people will make bad decisions in life and bad things happen but doing the dumbest things possible with no common sense just makes my blood boil. This review won't b ...more
While not as good as "The Line", the first book, still a compelling read. I really want more about the history of the collapse of the society, and how people who were living per usual before the collapse adjusted their lives ... so maybe Ms. Hall can help me out with some more info on that point? These books seem to come in threes, so I'm hoping if there is a third it will be better than this one and answer some more lingering questions about this world.
"Give people something simple to hate and fear, and they will hate and fear with a passion."

This book was a lot better than the first one! (The first book was definitely necessary to understand this one) It was nice to read a book where not everything ended up happy. I did like the love tension-it was very well written, definitely not overdone.
May 23, 2013 Cheney rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young adults
This was so good it had me in tears near the end. The story leaves a lot of questions unanswered, so I can't wait for the third one in the series. Action packed, heart wrenching, and engrossing, this story will grab readers from the beginning and just not let go.
This book was a major dissapointment and significantly inferior to the first. I actually loved the first book and thought it was a mellow take on the Dystopian Thriller genre. This one though had no substance, no engaging plot, no intriguing character development. Something was just lost to me in this story.
Rachel the main character crosses The Line that separates The Regulars/Regs from The Others. She brings medicine to Malgam who lives across The Line and also plans to and succeeds in rescuing
Nov 10, 2014 C4l rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 10-15
Shelves: reviewed
Plot: better than The Line, but still not stellar. Not bad, though. (view spoiler)
So, I liked this book better than the first one, The Line. But it's kind of like I feel The LIne was a 2 1/2 and this book is a 3 1/2. I couldn't give The Line 2 stars and I couldn't give this one 4 stars so take that as you wish. I wish we had the option to give 1/2 stars. Anyway, on to the review. I won't retell the story, many have already done this much better than I could. I will however say that this book had a better flow for me than The Line. It gave more insight into Away and The Others ...more
Meaghan R. (YA-aholic)
2.5-3 stars....closer to 3...i probably would have enjoyed it more and given it a higher rating had i read it when i was 10 (see bottom, under --- )

the writing was just okay...nothing to great...i really didn't think this was MG until i actually started reading it...however, i will be reading the final book, because i need to know what happens.

i did have a problem with the protagonist...ALL THROUGHOUT the book, she doesn't understand other people's emotions/facial expressions...he made a face sh
I had read The Line awhile ago, so it took me a bit to get around to reading Away. Away picks up pretty much right where The Line left off. The first issue Lina has to deal with is how some of the Others think of her and how she thinks of them. Remember these are people she has been taught to fear! With the help of some of the Others she learns to not fear them, but at times there is still tension between her and the Others.

What I liked most in this book was the description of what life was lik
Away is the second book in The Line series by Teri Hall. While the first book provided a lot of background on the Unified States, a resistance group called the "collaborators" and those abandoned across the "Line", Away takes you behind that Line and introduces us to the "Others". A resilient group, the Others have survived generations separated from the Unified States and dealing with the aftermath of the bombs and chemical weapons that destroyed their side of the Line.

Improved child mortality
This review was originally posted on my book review blog, The Overstuffed Bookcase.

*Warning: This is the second book in a series. While I really don't like spoilers, you might find some slight Book 1 spoilers in this review.*

I've kind of gotten into the habit of writing mini reviews for sequels and books later on in a series, that way I don't have to worry about spoilers. So, as with my other mini reviews, I'm just going to share some of my notes:

-In The Line, the narration would go back and fo
This was a great quick read. As seems to be the case in most dystopian novels Teri Hall has no problems letting the characters drop off like flies. It also seemed like the deaths were rather sudden. One minute everything seemed just fine and then bam, dead. I don't feel the same draw at the end of this book as I did with the previous. After The Line I really wanted to see what was going to happen. There seemed to be several open questions and scenarios. For instance, I wanted to see what was goi ...more
This is a great story for upper middle graders and teens who enjoyed City of Ember and The Tomorrow Girls series. The writing is simple, the story line moves at an even pace, and it is perfect for a reluctant reader. This is not a story that delves deeply into the subject and the characters are all one dimensional, but the story is the important motivator here. It is clear that there is no good side of the line vs bad side. It's more like there are good and bad people on BOTH sides. I liked tha ...more
Ms. Yingling
Rachel has gone across the line to get medicine to Ms. Moore's son, Malgam. Once she is at the camp with Pathik and the others, she realizes that her father (who was reported killed in action, but was probably killed by the government) is alive but being held captive by a rival group, the Roberts. This group has long terrorized Away, but has steered clear of Pathik's group because of Indigo's power to kill people just by envisioning them having brain aneurysms. Once Rachel's father is recovered, ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I read the first book in this series, The Line, a couple of years ago over spring break. Although a little slow moving at the beginning, I thought, at the time, that it had some promise, that it was doing some interesting things that intrigued me and made me want to give the second book a chance. So here I am.

Unfortunately, I do not feel any sort of a connection to this book. Away bored me from the beginning to the end. The cool elements, like the powers some of the Others have, are largely igno
I know that Teri Hall’s first book THE LINE was met with mixed reviews by readers, some having loved it while others felt it too slow with not enough action moving the story forward; I was one of the fans of the book. In fact I really loved the first installment of this series and was eagerly awaiting this next book. And I have to say, AWAY (The Line#2) is even better than the first and I’m confident when I say, I believe critics of the first will be hard-pressed to find this book “too slow”.

Jun 06, 2013 K.M. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Every time I sit down to write a review, Goodreads asks at the top: What did you think?

I think this book's middle and ending pissed me off, that's what I think Goodreads.

Away begins shortly where The Line left off. Rachel has Crossed and, with Pathik by her side, they face a whole new set of challenges.

The writing was still mediocre. To be fair, when the action picked up, the writing improved. But my beef isn't with the writing. MY ISSUE IS WITH THE CHOICES SOME OF THE CHARACTERS MADE.

Though I liked this novel much better than the first one, The Line, Away still doesn't have that special something that other YA dystopian/sci-fi novels have and thus I still could only bring myself to give it three stars.

Rachel has crossed the line into Away led by Pathik. Rachel learns of the politics of warring clans in Away and finds that her father is being held captive by an opposing group of natives. Rachel is welcomed, for the most part, into Pathik's clan, though there are some that re
Away was a vast improvement over the Line. The pacing was much better. I think the Line just had too much back story, but once that was out of the way, Away was really able to shine.

This book was one rescue mission after another, but somehow managed to not feel forced. the reunions in it were touching and heartfelt. The separations were painful and heart wrenching. I cried a few times for very different reasons. There was a few bits that were a little repetitive (like the rescue mission and one
Rachel has crossed the Line and is now with Pathik at the Other's base camp. Now that she has gotten Elizabeth's son the medicine he needs, she is determined to figure out where her father is and how to get him back to her mother across the Line. Rachel is surprised at the primitive life style the Other's live, and even more surprised (and perhaps scared) of the gifts some of the Other's possess. When Rachel and a small crew find her father taken by another group of people, she knows she must ri ...more
While I enjoyed Teri Hall’s The Line, I feel like the sequel (2nd in a proposed trilogy) did not live up to the promise of the first book. The story picks up just after Rachel has crossed the Line. One would expect things to start getting interesting at this point, and to an extent it does, but the writing felt a bit flat and the characters all seemed like copies of one another. There were no real striking or stand out personalities and even Rachel, who was fun to read about in the first book, s ...more
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A third book? 1 10 Apr 22, 2012 02:05AM  
  • Memento Nora (Memento Nora, #1)
  • Aurora (Exodus, #3)
  • The Vision (The Mark, #2)
  • Truth (XVI, #2)
  • Restoring Harmony
  • All Good Children
  • Grace
  • Fox Forever (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #3)
  • Outside In (Insider, #2)
  • The Predicteds
  • Drought
  • 20 Years Later
  • Circle Nine
  • The Water Wars
  • Scored
  • Rip Tide (Dark Life, #2)
  • Those That Wake (Those That Wake, #1)
  • The Eternal Sea (Everlasting, #2)
Read the first chapter of The Line on my website! The sequel, Away, is out now! The Island, the third book in the trilogy, is also out!
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