The Salt Line

The Salt Line

[a Novel]

Book - 2017
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"In the spirit of Station Eleven and California, award-winning novelist Holly Goddard Jones offers a literary spin on the dystopian genre with this gripping story of survival and humanity about a group of adrenaline junkies who jump "the Salt Line." How far will they go for their freedom--once they decide what freedom really means? In an unspecified future, the United States' borders have receded behind a salt line--a ring of scorched earth that protects its citizens from deadly disease-carrying ticks. Those within the zone live safe, if limited, lives in a society controlled by a common fear. Few have any reason to venture out of zone, except for the adrenaline junkies who pay a fortune to tour what's left of nature. Those among the latest expedition include a popstar and his girlfriend, Edie; the tech giant Wes; and Marta; a seemingly simple housewife. Once out of zone, the group find themselves at the mercy of deadly ticks--and at the center of a murderous plot. They become captives in Ruby City, a community made up of outer-zone survivors determined to protect their hardscrabble existence. As alliances and friendships shift amongst the hostages, Edie, Wes, and Marta must decide how far they are willing to go to get to the right side of the salt line"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2017
ISBN: 9780735214316
Branch Call Number: FICTION Jon
Description: 388 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 30, 2020

I was very disappointed - there was a promising premise here and it just fell flat. The characters felt flat, the storyline was flat and oftentimes boring.

TSCPL_Miranda May 12, 2018

An interesting premise, for sure, but the pacing fell a bit flat, and there is very little character development. With a few tweaks, this could have been a 4 or 5 star read for me.

SCL_Tricia Nov 06, 2017

I enjoyed this post-apocalyptic story. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of character development and plot mixed in with the action. It was an interesting take on the future of the world that I have not read before. I would recommend this to someone looking for a faster paced thriller with a dash of thought provoking drama.

Oct 02, 2017

Despite the tag of post apocalyptical, the setting is only the backdrop for what is really a treatise on maternal love. For every action sequence, the author subjects us to lengthy discourses of the minds of the characters, as well a back stories that may or may not be pertinent to the story. This makes the novel jerky, flitting from character to character, slowing the action.
The setting of the story is quite satisfactory, but under-explored. The author leaves an opening for a sequel, but I'm not sure I'm up for it. Coming from inveterate reader of all things post apocalyptical, who suffered through the writing of Angrey American and DJ Molles , I admit it is not much of a recommendation, even though the author of The Salt Line is clearly a better writer.


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