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The Salt Line

(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 pop star and his girlfriend, Edie; the tech giant Wes; and Marta, a seemingly simple housewife.

Once out of the 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 among 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.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"The Salt Line is a 'literary thriller' that manages to fulfill each side of that phrase with admirable vigor. It's both gripping and emotionally resonant, both suspenseful and heartfelt. Holly Goddard Jones has a true storyteller's instinct for suspense, along with a deep gift for empathy. She’ll make your heart race as you turn the pages, and then she'll crack it open a little before she's through." - Scott Smith

"With this intense, arrestingly vivid fever dream, Holly Goddard Jones fully realizes a completely original and wholly terrifying dystopian nightmare. Jones's wild, ventriloquist talent unfurls in this novel like never before. Each magnetic character in The Salt Line is boldly alive to the novel's world, at once monstrous, uncanny, and yet entirely ours." - Claire Vaye Watkins


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September 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Salt Line
Author(s): Holly Goddard Jones
ISBN: 0-7352-1431-X / 978-0-7352-1431-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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August 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Salt Line
Author(s): Holly Goddard Jones
ISBN: 0-7352-1433-6 / 978-0-7352-1433-0 (USA edition)
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September 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Salt Line, The
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