Saturday, 4 January 2014

Review: Arclight by Josin McQuein


Author: Josin L. McQuein
Pages: 400 pages
Release Date: April 23rd, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Recieved From: my public library
Status: Arclight #1

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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?



This book is everything that you would want: it's action packed, thrilling, mysterious, and will leave you wanting more.

Josin McQuein does an amazing job creating a futuristic and dystopian world afraid that's afraid of the dark and all that dwell in it. McQuein uses the world she's created to capture the fear of those living in the Arclight and the disconnection that they have with everything-even themselves. It's a unique story that I thought was too vague when I first read the inside flap and the back cover- I honestly thought it was just a pretty cover. But it's complex, it's thrilling, and it proves that even the light should be feared.

Marina has no recollection with her life outside of the Arclight, which is almost like a fortress/compound created to preserve those on the inside and keep everyone else outside out. She knows- along with the whole world- that she was brought in and saved. That she survived. But she doesn't even know the truth herself.

She was a complex character whom I sympathized for throughout the whole story. Marina was saved from the unknown, only to be harshly hated and ridiculed inside. Despite living in the light, she doesn't know- or remember- anything; she is sadly kept in the dark.

McQuein puts a lot of twists and turns in the story that really left me shocked and really upset (that I didn't figure it out soon enough). But she develops Marina's character, along with the other characters in the book, beautifully. She also keeps the plot at a steady pace, timing everything perfectly just so she hits you with all her talent at the right moment to make you cry. Seriously. I was bawling by chapter 26, and by the time I finished I was still crying.

This book wasn't what I was expecting, and McQuein's writing style is flawless. I've never been blown away and cried by a book before. Actually, I have, but I've never done it for a First Book, for the beginning of the series (it took me 3 books in the Vampire Academy series to start crying). Arclight was beautifully executed and was a very lovely read!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!
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