Rachel lives on The Property with her mom, who housekeeps for the owner, Ms. Moore, a cool, distant lady. The live out in the country, far from their government's cruel reign, and right next to The Line. The citizens of the Unified States are prohibited to cross The Line and any other borders enclosing the U.S. Failure to comply with that law is punishable by death. Rachel, despite hearing all the propogandized dangers about the other side of The Line is intrigued by it. Then one day she finds a device with a recording asking for help, forcing her to do what she believes is right.
This book was an interesting read, I'm surprised it took me such a long time to pick it up. Though the plot was slow at times, I kept reading it because of the suspense building up on the discovery of the Away, which laid beyond The Line. The characterization was done very well. There is much left unanswered for a sequel. The ending was such a cliff-hanger which means I will most definitely be picking up the sequel.
This book is excellent! Not being someone who knows a lot about marching band, this book completely sucked me into the "band geek" world. Courtney does a great job of balancing the typical high school life of character Lucy Karate with the high competitions of drum line. I would reccommend this book to anyone, no matter if they have had past or present experience or interests in marching band. It will appeal to any audience looking for a great read!