Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: Arclight by Josin L. McQuein

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Greenwillow Books
ISBN: 0062130145
*Greenwillow provided me a copy in exchange for an honest review*
 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?
 I am going to try my hardest not to go major rant on all y'all. Try No promises.

Wow. Why in the world did I wait so long to read this? I must be critically insane or something. Hmmm. Actually a possibility xD This book was a totally fresh idea, and one that was almost (I didn't like the ending) perfectly executed. There was romance and discovering yourself, a cool new setting. I loved the whole Light/ Dark/ Grey thing. Too cool.

So in this book. You have Marina who survived the Fade. Twice. The whole question in this book is who are the Fade, what do they want, and what is really in the Dark. The Light (Human) society is taught to fear the Dark, the Fade. Safety is in the light, only the light. But, when a Fade comes looking for Marina, and doesn't want to hurt her. Marina questions everything she knows, or lack there of. She doesn't remember any of her life before Arclight brought her in and 'saved' her. You'll see why I put saved in quotations when you read this book. Because you will read this book.

I really can't say much with out revealing the biggest thing in the story. It's my favorite part (its where the whole Self Discovery thing comes into play)

Huh. Let's do a character list:

Marina: She is such a strong character. Questions are unwanted in the Light, and Marina is asking all the ones she shouldn't: why the headaches, who are the Fade, who am I, why don't I remember anything from before? When Rue takes her into the Dark to find Cherish, his One True Love who was lost to the Light, Marina ends up finding a lot about herself along the way. And although I REALLY DON'T LIKE HER CHOICE IN THE END, I'll pretend I respect it. You know what, I will not pretend to like her choice. Her choice murdered me.

Fade-Rue: Through everything, he fights for Cherish. He never stops looking for her. Not for one second. Not even for a millisecond. He loves her with all his heart. ALL OF HIS HEART. *shrugs* what can I say? Rue was by farrr my favorite character.

Tobin: This is an angry young lad whom I rather dislike, but Marina seems to like and he seems to be rather fond of Marina soo. Yeah. Whatever. *rolling my eyes and his childishness* I know some of y'all like him, but me? I'll pass... Okay! Fine! He grew on me and he grew in the book! Jeez. Y'all are harsh. Everyone grew in this book. It was nice. Lol. Okay! He was pretty cool and I can see his point of view.

Cherish: She's lost and still waiting to be found. I have hopes.

Overall, this was a gripping, fast-paced (not rushed) novel that is rather amazing. It didn't feel like 400 pages- what, it's dark outside? When you read this, you become totally immersed in the world of Dark/Light/Grey and it feels right. I don't know. There were laugh out loud moment, moments you blushed along with the character and moment where you wanted to scream WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES, HONEY! HE'S PERFECT, but you just quietly give the character the middle finger in your head. What-no, me? How silly?
Quote:  "I've become the Grey, suspended at the point between two worlds, touching both but being neither."


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