Book Review: Arclight

Book Review: ArclightArclight by Josin L. McQuein
Published by Greenwillow Books on April 23rd 2013
Pages: 400
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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?

Before I even began Arclight, I was ready to dismiss it. The summary sounded a little off for my tastes. The cover, while pretty, just didn't call to me. All in all, I was really expecting Arclight to be a read where I read it, could say I read it, then promptly forget it about it. What I wasn't expecting was everything that I got.

Light is safety. Light is life.

This is the motto of Arclight. The last human defense against the Fade. And while I would love to tell you everything about the Fade, the simple truth is that they are somethings you just have to discover for yourself. And that was part of the fun of Arclight. A summary that did not do the book any justice, which lead me to uncover its secrets organically. It was completely liberating, I tell you!

Arclight begins by introducing the Arclight compound, and our main character, Marina. Marina is feared in the Arclight community for being the girl who somehow came out of the darkness, so to speak. Everyone who enters the Dark never comes back, but Marina is different. She is new to the compound and, while she has no memories of before, she may hold the key to Arclight's survival.

Arclight was a book that simply just kept getting better the longer I read it. From pulse pounding tension to a romance that seemed written just for me, Arclight was pure perfection. Seriously, there were times as I was reading this, I kept thinking, 'where have you been all my life?'.
But on the flip side, there was also a shift about half way through that made me question everything I had understood to that point. It wasn't a horrible shift. But one that made me go back a few pages due to thinking I had missed something important. I hadn't. And thankfully, the shift made better sense a few chapters later.

Final Verdict: 
I was swept off my feet by Arclight. I loved the simmering, tension of the romance. The discovery of this world. Plus there were things reveled about this world and its characters that I never saw coming. A solid reading from beginning to end.

Will there be more?
I don't know. Thus far, Arclight seems to be a stand-alone. Yay, for stand-alones. However, I would not be sad to see more of our characters and this world.

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One response to “Book Review: Arclight

  1. I just got my copy of this, and am SO excited to read it! I'd heard that the "shift" was really disorienting for some readers, but I'm glad to hear it's explained eventually. Great review 🙂

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