Tuesday, January 20, 2015

review: ARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuein

ARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuein
Series: Arclight #1
HarperCollins: Greenwillow Books
Released: April 23, 2013
Source: Audible
Page Count: 403

Rating: LOVED IT!

No one crosses the wall of light . . . except for one girl who doesn't remember who she is,w here 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

Marina is the only human to come out of the Grey for as long as anyone in the Arclight can remember. She is a beacon of hope, yet she is also feared, because the Fade have attacked every night since she was rescued. Without her memories of life before the Arclight, she has no answers about who she is and why she's - as some of her classmates call her - a Fade magnet. When events lead to Marina questioning everything she's been told, she realizes that nothing in the Arclight is quite like it seems. Who is she, really? Where did she come from? And just who are the Fade?

Arclight is a fascinating read. I remember being insanely jealous of anyone who had managed to get an ARC of it and gobbled it up for the first time right around its release date. The quasi-horror of it all had me grateful that I was reading in daylight. It's not scary, just . . . creepy. Subtle horror can be so much more difficult to handle than straight-up, hit-you-over-the-head horror, especially when the horror element is a terrifying outcome of technology that is in the works today. Oh, the Fade. Just thinking about them makes my skin crawl.

I really liked Marina. She's certainly not perfect, but she does the best she can for a girl who was dropped into unfamiliar territory, alone and memory-less. Tobin is a bit moody for my tastes, but at least he has a reason for being that way, unlike many overly obnoxious male characters. Anne-Marie is the only character that I wanted to like but couldn't. She's a crappy friend. Yeah, it's slim pickings in the confines of the Arclight, but Marina deserved better.

And the TWISTS. We can't not talk about the twists. Well, actually we can, as I don't want to give anything away. I will leave you with this nugget: Arclight kept me guessing. Looking back, I should have seen it coming, but it was just so TWISTY that I was focused so much on reading that I couldn't even wrap my brain around speculation.

I can't recommend this title enough!

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