Mini Review: Away by Teri Hall
Author: Teri Hall
Series: The Line #2
Publisher: Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group
Publication Date: September 15, 2011
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction, Dystopian
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. But when they cross back over the Line, Rachel and Pathik make a foolish decision, bringing them into further danger that can only be resolved with an unthinkable sacrifice.
An adventure filled with life-and-death choices, dark conspiracies, and heart-poundingly suspenseful moments, this sequel delivers. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)
*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 forth between different characters’ points of view (in third person), but often it would just be one POV in a chapter. Occasionally there would be a small portion of a chapter that would be from a different person’s POV, but there would be a clear division when that would happen. In Away, sometimes it seemed to switch back and forth between Rachel’s and Pathik’s POVs with no division or spacing. It got a little confusing at times. Thankfully this didn’t seem to happen too often.
- There is a lot more action in this one! I loved that The Line was a slow story, with a slow-building plot where you’d learn more and more about this country and the characters, but I’m glad that this one has a lot more action, and right from the start!
- In this one, we get to see what’s going on Away, and also what’s going on back on The Property and in town. We have a much wider view of this world in this book than we did in The Line. I like seeing the way of life in Away, and it’s nice to have that juxtaposed against the life that Ms. Moore and Vivian are still living on The Property, and also against the craziness of the government!
- Some nice twists, and great foreshadowing.