Review: Arclight by Josin L. McQuein


Arclight by Josin L. McQuein
Series: Arclight #1
First Published by: Greenwillow Books on April 23rd 2013
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 403 (Hardcover)
Source: Purchased- Hardcover


My Rating: 3 stars


No one crosses the wall of light . . . except for one girl who doesn’t remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. A harrowing, powerful debut thriller about finding yourself and protecting your future—no matter how short and uncertain it may be.

The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it.

When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again?

my thoughts 2

The plot and everything that happened was fantastic, the world and character development lacked. I had a very hard time imagining what this world looked like as well as the characters. What was going on was amazing! I loved all the action, but because I couldn’t exactly see how everything was playing out, I gave it this rating. Had I at least been able to visualize the characters, I would have given it a higher rating.

I can’t give a synopsis because this world is hard to explain without trying to give things away or saying it incorrectly. So therefore, read the one goodreads gave or go in blindly (like I did).

“This isn’t Purgatory. It’s hell.” — page 24

The idea and premise of this book was so interesting. Had I not hosted the read-a-long for it, I may have never picked it up. This book wasn’t at the top of my must read pile, so I would have kept pushing it off and probably never reading it. I’m glad I did host one and get to read it! I really enjoyed the paranormal/fantasy aspect the most! These creatures that have developed in this dystopian society was very interesting. I did have a hard time visualizing exactly how these characters looked. But the description of kind of what they were was definitely interesting!

I didn’t like how the main character talked about herself in third person. That drives me crazy. I understand (somewhat) why she did talk about herself like that, but it was just odd to me.

favorite quotes

“Someone’s attention shouldn’t have a physical weight, but it does. Hate’s a heavy burden; hope is worse.” — page 1


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