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