Vanessa and her mother, a widow, work for Mrs. Moore, owner of The Property. The Property lies close to The Line, an invisible, impenetrable border between the U.S. and Away. Others live in Away. Rachel has always been fascinated by The Line, but she’s been warned to stay away from it. One day, while disobediently investigating around The Line, she finds a recording for help. Everything she’s been told about Others is about to change.
This is one of the most thought-provoking young adult novels I’ve read in quite some time. Hall’s story addresses government intervention, immigration, border patrol, aid to other countries, and citizenship. My only hope is that the young adults who read it will stop and think about repercussions of the debate on each of these issues.