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In the spirit of Station Eleven and California, award-winning novelist Holly Goddard Jones offers a literary spin on the dystopian genre with this gripping story of survival and humanity about a group of adrenaline junkies who jump -the Salt Line.-

How far will they go for their freedom--once they decide what freedom really means?

In an unspecified future, the United
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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karen
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-from-work
its rare for me to have no idea how i feel about a book, but here we are.

this is a good book, it's occasionally a great book, and it kept me entertained and surprised throughout despite some bumps in my reading road.

if thats all the review you need, god love ya. im gonna fill up the rest of this space with all sorts of of thinking-out-loud and reaction-processing and you're all invited to hang out if that's fun for you, OR you can just go read sh3llys review, which gave this book ALL THE STARS
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Lisa
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF @ page 153. Too boring. This is the point where I knew I couldn't read on. My fingers started tapping, and in my head I pictured me playing a trumpet. Next thing I know I'm singing "he can't blow a note unless the bass and guitar is playing with him." This leads to me jumping to my feet and going full out Boogie woogie bugle boy, and also dancing the Charleston. Now that I'm up, I may as well pretend I'm a music city Rockette, and start high-kicking it! Then just for shits and giggles, I ...more
Shelly Strange
Review also found at the Dust Off Your MacHalo blog.

ALL THE STARS! One of my favorite new releases of 2017! How to describe this book? Well, first of all, it's got burrowing ticks in it! But, this is not a horror story. Yes, there are a few gross parts, but overall, it's a post-apocalyptic setting in the future, where diseases carried by "miner ticks" have turned society into "zones." Inside the zones, you're pretty safe, but more restricted, and the government kind of lies about a few things.

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Carrie
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
In a dystopian future citizens live in fear in protected burned out areas beyond the salt line for protection from ticks that have begun to spread a disease that kills in mere seconds. Extreme thrill seekers can still venture out beyond the protection into the wild by paying a high sum to an adventure company. The company then trains the adventure seekers as to what to expect beyond the salt line and how to fend in the wild.

The latest group of adventure seekers have teamed up and trained to go
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Lindsay
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
In a mid-term future a group of people from varied backgrounds depart on an adventure tour beyond the Salt Line, a barrier that keep most of humanity safe from horrific ticks and the fatal disease that they carry. Several of the people on the tour are actually there because of ulterior motives rather than tourism but everyone's plans go awry when the tour starts to go wrong.

Fantastic world-building with a post ecological collapse world, oppressive government and a thriving criminal element and
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/09/28/...

Its a year for pleasant surprises, it seems. The Salt Line is a book that first caught my eye because of its thriller-dystopian premise, but its more than just that; author Holly Goddard Jones has created an exciting high-drama experience, the kind that would not go amiss in a Crichton novel, but her story also contains a high level of literary quality that challenges most genre labels.

Taking place in the not-so-distant
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Cindy Burnett
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 4 stars

I absolutely loved the concept of this book and mostly enjoyed the implementation. The publishers description mentioned that The Salt Line would appeal to those who liked Station Eleven and for once I felt that suggestion was actually accurate. But even more than Station Eleven, the story reminded me of The Hunger Games but without the battle to the death component. In The Salt Line, an aggressive tick, which carries a deadly virus about 20% of the time, has invaded the United
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Mel (Epic Reading)
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
While The Salt Line starts out as typical dystopia, post-apocalyptic novel; it's main theme changes at the halfway point and then again just before the end.

This makes it a bit of a weird read.
The writing itself is very good and certainly the story moves forward quickly enough to keep the attention of the reader. However, if you want a badass dystopian story this is not for you. If you want a bleak depressing story this is also not the right story. It's somewhere between a bit of horror (ticks
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Bradley
There really is a lot going on in here that can't really be done justice in a short review and some of it is quite good.

Dystopian Nightmare Ticks, yes, please.

And then there's the rest. Most of it is a good four-star read. A lot of focus is on regular human relationships and the larger developments like the drug that allows the bunkered enclaves of the "safe" humanity to live without fear of the ticks. The action often feels like a boardroom drama mixed with mafia dons against a dystopian
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Fiona
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
Ticks - even our own version is a nightmare when you think about them. And in The Salt Line it goes so much further than that; so far that humanity (well, the bits most people care about) have retreated behind a wall and a solid no-man's-land of scorched earth. But humanity being what it is, tours are offered for those willing to risk their lives to catch a glimpse of an otherwise unreachable wasteland - yeah, I don't get it either. But our protagonists are a group of people willing to embark on ...more
Heather
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like cheesy book, with little to no gore.
For a book about "killer ticks" this sure was a slow read. :(

The Salt Line follows a group of people who have paid an exorbitant amount to travel to the other side of the salt line, a place where people no longer live and where the lands have been taken over by killer tics. But while along their journey to see the great scenery of the natural world, they are kidnapped by the native people living outside of the line and one of their own is killed.

I guess my expectations were too high. After
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Faith
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
This book is a good dystopian thriller that was more character based than I expected. An infestation of disease-carrying ticks has disrupted the country. Most people now live in newly-designated geographical regions behind the Salt Line which is both a physical wall and a chemical barrier. A few people still live voluntarily on the wrong side of the line and a few thrill seekers take adventure trips beyond the Line. They will spend 3 weeks in boot camp, 3 beyond the Salt Line and 2 in ...more
Justine
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
This is a gripping, near-future tale that makes use of excellent in-depth characterisation and exploration of socio-political themes, giving it a literary fiction feel. The pacing was such that that I felt compelled to finish it in rather short order. The result is a pretty satisfying read, if a rather dire vision of the future.
Dianne
They were thrill seekers, using their wealth to buy an adventure of a lifetime, to feel invincible, to go beyond the boundaries their world has dictated. What would drive a person to risk their life to go beyond THE SALT LINE, the barrier that protects humanity from the dangers that now exist in nature?

What the latest group of thrill seekers will find will defy all they have been told as they become pawns in a deadly game of power, survival and greed. They will learn who they can trust, who to
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Juli
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this dystopian tale, residents of the United States live in regional zones protected by a wall that is surrounded by more than 4 miles of chemically burnt landscape, debris, and garbage. The wall is known as the Salt Line, referring to native folklore about punishment for disrespecting the land. The Salt Line protects those who live within the zones from miner ticks, ticks that can burrow inside people causing extreme pain, disease, and death.

As with most death defying acts, there are
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The Captain
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! This book was described as being in the spirit of station eleven but with ticks. Being as I love me some dystopian fiction I gave this one a shot.

So in this version of Earth, ticks have become a menace that is so bad that most humans live in zones beyond controlled wastelands (the salt line) and walls that keep them sequestered and safe from the natural world. The difference in this book is that a lot of the outside world is still beautiful. So there are very rich adventure
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Lisa
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2017/1...

4.5/5 stars

Ill cut straight to it: The Salt Line is one of my favorites for the year. The entire concept of killer ticks sounds like it could be campy or over the top. That is not at all the case. The ticks are described in such a realistic and terrifying way that it truly becomes plausible. Or at least feels plausible. The author is able to use enough facts grounded in science to create this terrifying epidemic. This book
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MissBecka Gee
Killer ticks drive society into hiding. Really? That's your plot? Can this actually be any good?
The answer to that my friends is... FUCK YA IT CAN!!!

I started reading this book and a little more than a 100 pages deep I had to stop. The book became all consuming for me to the point where adulting in general seemed like menial tasks meant to derail my reading with no other real goals or benefits. Do I really need a job anyway?
Apparently I do. Soooooooooo.....
I decided to put it on hold till things
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Viv JM
I thought The Salt Line was an excellent and fast paced post-apocalyptic dystopian thriller. The characters were well written and 3 dimensional with very few obvious good guys/bad guys. There were plenty of twists and turns and unexpected events to keep me reading. I did find the ending a little unresolved, like maybe a sequel would be in order.

I listened to the audibook version narrated by Hillary Huber who I thought did an excellent job of the narration.
Leonicka
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
I spent the whole book muttering "holy shit..."
Karen’s Library
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up. Every once in a while you find that one book that is so unique and surprising and you get a massive book hangover. The Salt Line was that book for me. Its being compared to Station Eleven.

Marta, the wife of a crime boss; Wes, the super rich techie; and Edie, girlfriend to a pop star, all have their reasons for crossing the salt line, a wall surrounding their safe zone from the deadly monsters - Ticks. Yup, ticks...! This world of the possible near future is infested with
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Sonja Arlow
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
3 ½ stars

Well now this was a nice surprise.

When you find a book that perfectly matches what you were in the mood for it feels like a lucky strike.

The book description may make you think that there will be a lot of run-chase scenarios (as with most books in this genre) but there was very little scary tick action but rather the construction of characters with strong enough back stories to make them feel real.

We have a waitress, a semi-famous popstar, a seemingly innocent housewife, a
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Stacey Camp
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**5++ Goodreads Stars**

Readers are thrust into a dystopian world divided by disease, borders, and fear in Holly Goddard Jones' masterfully written The Salt Line. In the not too distant future, the world has been infested with ticks. The majority of these ticks cause Shreve's disease, which kills those it infects. In response, the entire world has been cordoned off into quarantined enclosed zones. Those quarantined, also known as "Zoners," have been told that the exterior world was obliterated,
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Theresa
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this book 4 stars and although that's a pretty good rating I'm so disappointed and sad I can't give it 5 stars.


Here's why--


Ughh!!

This could so easily have been an absolutely great book. I'm so disappointed that my enjoyment was hurt because of some glaring inconsistencies. Honestly, I cannot understand how these things slip through the cracks. Does nobody really proofread a manuscript nowadays? How is it possible an author cannot remember their own story enough to not make obvious
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Jessica Woodbury
3.5 stars. The book you start definitely isn't the one you finish. I hesitate to say much about the plot at all, I hesitate even to say there are plot twists because not expecting them is part of the pleasure. But I definitely want to bring THE SALT LINE to the attention of lovers of speculative fiction. It walks a nice line between character development and plot plot plot plot plot, and feels like a version of the future I haven't seen before.

Occasionally the writing wasn't clear, instead of
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Rana
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
There's YA dystopia, literary dystopia, and now there's thriller dystopia. I mean, this book tried awfully hard to be literary, it even called out Station Eleven in the synopsis which must be the Gone Girl of this genre, but yeah, nope. I could practically smell the rubber burning from this book trying so hard. Too bad it was trying to be something instead of just trying to be good and interesting.
Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded)
This is an original review from Booked & Loaded (Original rating 1.5 stars)

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones is a dystopian thriller with mutant ticks. I picked up this books based on this tag line: Jones brings strong diverse female protagonists who dominate the plot line, controlling their own stories instead of furthering those of male leads. This is where a lot of my confusion and frustration is based.

There is honestly NO good way to write this review without it being 100% spoiler
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Jason Pettus
I read a whole lot of post-apocalyptic thrillers in my life, so believe me when I say that it takes quite a bit from one to impress me anymore, like was the case with Holly Goddard Jones' The Salt Line. In this case, what made me like it so much wasn't really a matter of some magical alchemy, but rather a series of very sensible, workmanlike decisions about story construction, starting with extremely rich world-building; we're looking at an America that an entire century ago went through its ...more
Amanda
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Vicki
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, sci-fi
Pretty solid world building of a dystopian world that has been overrun by incredibly damaging ticks. A few things are a little odd:the chapters jump around a little unevenly between characters. You're always glad for the information, but one strange side effect of this is that you don't really know whom to root for. But then I got to thinking: that's a pretty unusual strategy. It didn't bother me, necessarily, but it IS a little weird. (2.5 stars. Come on, good reads. Just do half stars ...more
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