Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Arclight by Josin L. McQuein

Arclight by Josin L. McQuein
2013, Greenwillow Books
Series: Book 1 of Arclight

Synopsis: 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?

The Good: The last few chapters of Arclight made up for everything the book was lacking in the beginning. Revelations and action, as far as the eye could see. The twist was awesome and I'm left thinking that the major flaws I saw in this book were setting up the story and, now established, subsequent books in the series could possibly be amazing.

The Bad: Arclight was hard to get into and kind of meandering. The first three quarters of the book was really slow and somewhat confusing.

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