The Compulsive Reader: Away by Teri Hall

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Away by Teri Hall

Away is the sequel to The Line! Read my review of that one here.

When Rachel decided to help Pathic, the stranger from the other side of the Line, she never imagined that she'd find herself retreating to Away with him and his strange group. But she is forced to flee when danger arrives to the Property. Rachel isn't in Away for very long before she meets the Others, who she discovers are people just like those she grew up with, struggling to make it in a harsh world. She's shocked and overjoyed to learn that they know her father, Daniel...and that he is still alive. But reuniting her family--and Pathic's--with the Enforcement Officers on their trail will be harder than Rachel imagined. Is anywhere safe?

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.

This one will hit shelves on September 15th, 2011.

ARC provided by publisher.


Erica said...

I am so excited for this one - I like The Line, but felt it wasn't the best and thought that Away will be just brilliant as the world is built and what not.

The book girl said...

Eek! I can't wait for this one! The Line was such an interesting dystopian book, not like many others you see out there. And the cover is even better than the last one!

Jill the OWL said...

Can. Not. Wait!!! You were the one that introduced me to The Line. So I'm very excited to see your thoughts on Away. I liked The Line, but it had a lot of setting up, so I'm curious to see where it goes from here.

And love the cover too!

Katie said...

i LOVE lOVE LOVE this cover also. It just looks like a really great photograph!

thanks for your reviews!

The Compulsive Reader said...

Jill: YAY! Glad you checked it out!