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Away (The Line) Hardcover – September 15, 2011
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"This worthy sequel to Hall's The Line (2010) continues to build a dystopian world rich with suspense and moral choices . . . Her dystopian world comes across vividly, and her characters stand out as varied and real." (Kirkus)
"Hall's imaginative dystopian world takes the concepts of good vs. evil and modern vs. primitive into fresh territory with plenty of comparisons to today's world . . . at the conclusion of Away, readers will find themselves eagerly hoping for a third installment." (VOYA Voice of Youth Advocates)
"This worthy sequel to Hall's The Line (2010) continues to build a dystopian world rich with suspense and moral choices . . . Her dystopian world comes across vividly, and her characters stand out as varied and real." — Kirkus
"Hall's imaginative dystopian world takes the concepts of good vs. evil and modern vs. primitive into fresh territory with plenty of comparisons to today's world . . . at the conclusion of Away, readers will find themselves eagerly hoping for a third installment." — VOYA Voice of Youth Advocates
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When Rachel crosses The Line she leaves behind everything she has ever known and enters a strange new world: Away. Life there is hard, and survival is never guaranteed. Bizarre, wild creatures roam the forests, and people--the same people she's always been told are dangerous and untrustworthy--have gifts she's never thought possible.
Rachel has to rely on Pathik, the boy she risked her own life for, to help her navigate the strange customs. He's exasperating, but she thinks she can trust him, and she hopes he'll lead her to answers about her father. As it turns out, he leads her to more than she bargained for, and Rachel finds herself on an adventure filled with life and death choices, dark conspiracies, and unthinkable sacrifice.
In a place with no technology, no electricity, no medicine, and very little hope, Rachel discovers that only one thing makes life worth living. If only it's not too late.
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In Away, across the Line, life is more primitive. Ok, that's fine, they were bombed (not much details on what exactly happened) and lost their technology (no details on why). While the book is vague about when this happened, other than references to 'decades ago' and 'generations ago.' Considering the ages of the main characters and other hints, it has to be at least 100 years since the Line was activated and whatever happened happened. But life in Away is SO primitive. There's no electricity, fine, but are there still no tools left from Before? They have axes to hack out crude furniture--why not hand saws so they can make actual doors rather than have to rely on ill-fitting scrap sheet metal for a door? The students use sand trays because there's no paper..or chalk or ink or any other way to practice writing. There seems to be no heat except for outdoor campfires. And so on.
It's not like the people originally caught on this side were primitives. They were the same: same education, technology, skills, just on the wrong side of the Line when it got activated. Surely some of that knowledge would have survived, even if modern technology was no longer possible. But what finally made me decide not to continue to the third novel was at the end, when they went off in search of some island that they'd heard was a safe and probably uninhabited place. Turns out it was a 9-day trek to get there, but none of them had ever gone. They got to the water's edge and found several boats, one of which was in very good shape and even had good oars. Ok, so everything else on this side is damaged, worn out, or non-existant, but there's a boat with nice oars just lying on the beach? Sorry, I just couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to buy this. Too bad, because the concept has such potential.
Teri Hall packs a lot of action in this sequel to The Line. Away is constantly shifting viewpoints and settings to propel this suspenseful read forward. There's a lot of angst going on in the beginning as Rachel, desperate for a link to the mother she just left, pursues any news of her father, and Vivian struggles to deal with Rachel's departure and the stress of the Enforcement Officers putting the Property under scrutiny. There are some very interesting new characters introduced, with varied and even dangerous "gifts" that border on the supernatural. Some just are understandably upset and angry at the Unified States, and by extension, Rachel, so emotions tend to run high throughout the story. The same themes of courage in the face of injustice continue in Away, though a newer and stronger one of balancing the discovery of new love and the loss of loved ones in life is very prevalent. As the book winds toward the end, the plot speeds up considerably, and Rachel and company begin to make new plans and take new journeys that take them far away, and will leave readers hanging. This is a series whose books read more like episodes in a longer installment, so it's great for reluctant teen readers who may be easily distracted, but the constant tension and continuous action will keep them enthralled.
Cover Comments: I just love this cover. The colors, the images, and the font are all so cool. I love the implications of the shattered glass and the dual images, and what they mean for this book.