Teri Hall’s “Away”


Away (The Line, #2)Away by Teri Hall

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Such a good premise, but mired down by wooden writing and a lack of character development. It’s a shame really and I feel bad saying it. Also (as with “The Line”) plot elements often feel like kludges, or crude & inelegant means to fix the narrative arc. And yes, they do take the plot from point “A”, to the writer’s desired point “B”…but they often feel more expedient than truly character driven.

The world Teri Hall builds is quite captivating, with a strong premise, full of much promise. But, when populated with characters who lack depth and range, it becomes difficult to know them, to believe in them, to empathize with them, and thus we are rudderless in the sea of text, with no way home and without access to the story.

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