The End of The Line is a well written, riveting read that will appeal to middle school readers on up. Thirteen year old Robbie is locked in a room with nothing but a desk, a chair, a piece of paper, and a pencil. He is starving, but all they give him is water. He is sure he is in a nuthouse or a prison. Actually, he is at Great Oaks School, the End of the Line. Kept in solitary confinement Robbie must earn points for food, a bed, even bathroom privileges. He must learn to listen carefully to follow the rules, and to accept and admit the truth he is a murderer.Robbie’s story has the potential to make young people think, care, and possibly change.
The story alternates between the past and the present. The main character, Robbie, is a pretty sheltered kid. Various events take place – his uncle going off to war, a new teacher who seems to hate him, and this new kid who is a friend yet not a friend. Ryan’s character was very interesting and I would have liked to know more about him. I like this book because it made me wonder about all those things and more. The characters were less character-y than other books; they had more depth less stereotypical behavior. All the characters had good points and bad points with the exception of Uncle Grant, perhaps.
The end of the line is a book that inspires you confidence of how Ryan never gave up even though he is in jail he always struggles day after day even though the guards keep it and the other prisoners are inspired by him. The government should investigate more cases when they put people inosentes jail without having many prebas against because it is not fair that someone pay with jail for something not to do.