The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones (5 out of 5) 

I got this as an advance from Sally Kim at Putnam. Thanks, Sally. I thought it is sounded good..like a more violent “Survivor”. I think I’m going to stand by that first impression, but please! Don’t let that stop you from picking up this fine novel. It was brought to us from the fine folks at Putnam, and is out in stores in hardcover. I strongly encourage you to check it up if you like gritty, edge-of-the-seat survival tales. This is all of that, and a little more. 

In the forseeable future, Earth’s borders have receded behind a salt line…a ring in which the inhabitants have to stay safe from disease-ridden ticks. And that’s just half the risk factor, folks! You know there will always be rebels; in this new form of Earth life, there are those who will pay money to leave the safe zone and venture out into what’s left of Mother Nature in an ill-advised thrill adventure. Wes, Edie, and Marta are among those heading into the latest outing to Ruby City, a town made up of outer-ring refugees who will stop at nothing to protect what they believe is theirs. Do these three stand a chance? As with many others, nothing is as it seems in Ruby City- nor with the relationships between the three outsiders, their newfound captors, and pretty much everything is a complete and utter mindfuck. You can call this dystopian. I would call it better. Goddard Jones paints a frighteningly realistic future world which may not fall too far from the tree of our current existence. I think it would make a fine movie, if Hollyweird doesn’t screw it up royally. Definitely worth the price of admission at your local bookstore. 

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~ by generationgbooks on September 11, 2017.

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