Wednesday, January 21, 2015

review: MERIDIAN by Josin L. McQuein

MERIDIAN by Josin L. McQuein
Arclight #2
HarperCollins: Greenwillow Books
released May 27, 2014
source: Audible
458 pages

Rating: Really liked it!

SPOILER WARNING FOR ARCLIGHT!

Marina thought that she ahd solved all of the Arclight's mysteries. She had found her own history - that she was one of the Fade, that she never should have been human. She knows that the Fade who surround the Arclight don't want to be the humans' enemies at all. She knows that the leader of those inside the Arc, Honoria Whit, never told the whole truth.

But there is so much more that Marina is just discovering. There are more survivors out there. Only Marina - and her friends, all of whom have connections to the Fade they'd never known about - can lead her people to them. But there are also darker dangers, things that even the Fade fear. And Marina slowly realizes that she may never have been "cured" after all. The sequel to Arclight, Meridian is an intense, action-packed page-turner about the lines we draw between right and wrong, light and dark . . . and the way nothing is ever that black and white.

My Thoughts

In Arclight, we learned that the Fade are actually people who live with the nanos created by Honoria's father. The nanos were meant to help heal people, but instead they took over the world, preserving it in the way they deemed best. This included most of humanity. The only way to keep the nanos away is light, which is why the people of Arclight remain safe.


In Meridian, the people of the Arclight make the horrifying discovery that the nanos infecting the Fade are not the end of the story. There is an even more insidious threat called the Darkness, which infects even more thoroughly than the Fade, to the point that the infected is no longer even vaguely human. While the Fade have come to realize that not all humans want to be taken over and helps just enough, the Darkness does not care. It destroys utterly.

On the heels of this news comes the discovery that there might be another pocket of humans out there. Marina and company must brave the Darkness to find out of there really are other survivors out, well, in the darkness.

It's still creepy as all get out, but, oddly enough, the more menacing quality of the Darkness makes them less creepy than the Fade. They're just faceless villains. That, along with its action-oriented nature, makes Meridian a much less creepy read. There is also a love triangle/quadrangle between Tobias, Marina / Cherish, and Rue. It's like the love quadrangle in The Host by Stephanie Meyer (ick, I know), except that there is no chance of either Marina or Cherish conveniently acquiring a new body to solve the problem.

If it's been a while since you read Arclight and, like me, have a crappy memory, I would recommend rereading Arclight before picking up Meridian. I know I would have been lost had I not read them back-to-back, as there is not a lot of recap. I was immediately drawn into the story, though, and absolutely devoured the audiobook. I inwardly cursed my client for needing me to work when I could be listening to the story. I am still desperate to know what happens next!

The only real bummer about this book: so far, there hasn't been a publisher request for the rest of this series, and Meridian ends on a cliffhanger. It feels like a solid middle-of-the-series book. You have been warned.

No comments:

Post a Comment