Arclight – Josin L. McQuein

Arclight (Arclight, #1)


Author: Josin L. MQuein
Release Date: April 23rd 2013
Genres: Science fiction, Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Series: Arclight #1
Pages: 403
Pacing: Medium


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?

From Goodreads

The review

Well that was weird… in fact this has to be one of the strangest books I’ve read in a long time!
First let’s talk about the Fade. In appearance they have human shapes with black hair and black moving patterns on their skin and like a black aura in the air around them. The particles on and around them also allows them to camouflage in dark places. Not to mention they’re photosensitive and have glowing silver eyes that see in the Dark.
Huh.. Kinda looks like and reminds me of…

So this is one of those books you need patience with. Things are not at all clear in the beginning but they do get unravelled. For me at the end I was struggling about whether to give this a 2 star or 3 star rating. This was mainly because of the strangeness of the writing, characters, plot and story line. I will give credit for the twists and turns the author presented especially the revelations about the Dark and the Fade… But in the end I just found the writing style hard to get used to as this book was written in quite a strange way, not particularly bad just very strange and not the easiest to connect with 😛

Marina herself I couldn’t really connect with either (even after we found out her history) as it seemed she lacked fire and emotion given her situation. And the way this world was presented was not in a particularly exciting way, more confusing and strange. When the action scenes came it was like they lacked a certain type of sharpness and focus, I didn’t feel like I was living through the experiences. The way Marina kept getting visions and the way Rue communicated did confuse and bore me I must admit. But as I said before things do get answered in time.

The things I have to give credit for however are the originality of the whole concept and that twist near the end. There is definitely more to come and despite the things I thought were tedious, the originality never failed to keep me reading. I also found the world building quite interesting when it came so that’s another thing I must admire, but I do wish everything was written in a more in-depth way as I’m sure this story would have been a lot easier to like if it had been! This is a series I will continue and whilst others say the second book is worse, I myself am now really wanting to see for myself… It’s not TOO boring I hope? 😛


Who I’d recommend this for

I would recommend this book to those who are looking for a different kind of Sci-Fi/ apocalyptic novel but be warned this is a strange one!

*Images courtesy of Google Images*


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