Teri Hall could not have picked a better time to release this book. Tensions are higher than ever with regard to controlling the US border, and this story sounds an awful lot like what some of the extremists are calling for.
Rachel and her mother, Vivian, have lived on The Property as long as she can recall. Vivian works for Ms. Moore, who owns The Property and runs a greenhouse in which she grows orchids. The Property is a very quiet and secluded place, but it is located adjacent to the infamous Line — a border protection system which separates the US from Away. Because of an approaching foreign enemy, the US had activated the Line without warning, and many US citizens were trapped in Away. Then, Away was blasted with atomic bombs. Even after all of that, the Line is always on to ensure that the Others cannot get across the border. Anyone who speaks out against the government and/or the Line is considered a traitor, and almost everyone lives in fear of the oppressive government.
When Rachel discovers a recording of someone begging for help, she is torn. If this person who needs help is from Away, should she do the RIGHT thing or the SAFE thing? What would her mother think is she knew what Rachel was considering? And how would Ms. Moore feel about all of this happening on The Property?
If you’re anything like me, you will tear through this story and then lament the fact that the sequel (Away) will not be released until sometime in 2011. At least we can all keep up to date on the sequel’s progress via http://www.terihall.com!