The Salt Line
by Holly Goddard Jones
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (September 5, 2017)
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic | Dystopian
Print Length: 394 pages
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.
The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
They were thrill seekers, using their wealth to buy an adventure of a lifetime, to feel invincible, to go beyond the boundaries their world has dictated. What would drive a person to risk their life to go beyond THE SALT LINE, the barrier that protects humanity from the dangers that now exist in nature?
What the latest group of thrill seekers will find will defy all they have been told as they become pawns in a deadly game of power, survival and greed. They will learn who they can trust, who to fear, but not how to get back to the safety and relatively mundane lives they once had. For once, their money cannot buy them out of the danger they are in as they become captives in Ruby City, a town that knows the truth that only money and power can buy.
Witness humanity at its worst and at its best as these thrill seekers learn what they are really made of and what is truly important in life. Flawed and complicated characters will rise to occasion and their resilience will call to the humanity in us all.
Holly Goddard Jones does more than create a speculative future world, she gives life to a story of survival when all seems lost. Often violent, filled with underlying subplots and the machinations of powerful puppet masters, in the end, it will be those with heart who will have truly survived, because without heart, are we capable of possessing real humanity? When will we have "enough" and how far will we go until finally destroy ourselves and our world?
Plain and simple, this is fabulous reading that asks so many questions, then sends a message in reply.
I received an ARC edition from G.P. Putnam's Sons in exchange for my honest review.