Waiting on Wednesday – Week 6
Hello, my lovely people. I realize I’ve been away for a while, but really – is that reason to stop coming by? Okay, yeah it is. I get it.
Only two this week – I know *GASP* – but they sound like an excellent two.
As always, Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill @ Breaking the Spine!
Set in the near future, THE LINE chronicles the adventures of fifteen year old Rachel Quillen. Since her father died in a war, Rachel and her mother, Vivian, have lived in relative isolation on a place called The Property. It’s the home of Ms. Moore, a taciturn woman who makes her living growing orchids. She hired Rachel’s mother as a housekeeper, even though she sensed Vivian was in some sort of trouble. Ms. Moore couldn’t be too picky, for there are reasons that good help is hard to find when you live too near the Line.
The National Border Defense System is an impenetrable barrier intended to protect the Unified States from invasion. Because of an impending attack, construction of the System had to be rushed, and the last section—called the Line—was built inside the U.S. border. When it was hastily activated, it created a permanent division between those lucky enough to be on the U.S. side and those who were not. Families were ripped apart, lovers separated. The territory left unprotected became known as Away; the abandoned unfortunates who survived the enemy attack became the Others. Over the years frightening stories circulated about the Others, stories about strange abilities and evil intentions. The Line became a place to avoid.
For Rachel, the activation of the Line is just a history lesson; it happened long before she was born. Life on The Property has been good, if rather dull, and the Line is just something that has always been there. But things are about to change in ways she never imagined and suddenly the world outside The Property—a world of government control and corruption, where people without power or influence have few choices—begins to intrude.
There are some books that just sound jaw-dropping-ly awesome. This is definitely high up on that list of books. Gorgeous cover and ZOMG THE SUMMARY – how bad do I want this? EXTREMELY.
Sixteen year-old Cassie Renfield has seen the mark since forever: a glow around certain people as if a candle were held behind their back.
The one time she pointed it out taught her not to do it again, so Cassie has kept quiet, considering its rare appearances odd, but insignificant. Until the day she watches a man die. Mining her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person’s imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today.
Cassie searches her past, her philosophy lessons, even her new boyfriend for answers, always careful to hide her secret. How does the mark work? Why her? Most importantly, if you know today is someone’s last, should you tell?
I could probably be the last person in Bloggersville to WoW this – and I have no excuses for how I let this happen. Because um… WOW. This is going to be one of those HUMUNGOUS hits next year, I just know it. It sounds fantabulous!
And that’s all from me this week. I’ll be carting my books and my life overseas this weekend (tentatively) so my presence here will be sketchy. However, I’m always reachable by Twitter or email – so fire away! =)
Meanwhile, what are YOU waiting for?