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Arclight Hardcover – April 23, 2013

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Within the brightness of Arclight, people are safe, but beyond the perimeter of artificial light, the world is dark and inhabited by frightening beings known as Fades. No one from Arclight has survived an encounter with the Fade, except one teenage girl: Marina. Marina has no memory of her life before Arclight, and she is filled with guilt over the people who died attempting to rescue her, particularly the father of an enigmatic young man, Tobin. After it becomes clear that Marina has a strong but inexplicable connection to the Fade, she and Tobin enter dangerous dark territory to discover the truth. Told in the present tense, the episodic story relies on occasionally contrived dialogue to fill in past events that Marina cannot remember, and readers may grow frustrated as they must wait, along with Marina, to gradually understand how events connect. Nevertheless, an ever-popular romantic triangle and the promised revelation of secrets will propel fans of dystopian literature through this debut novel. Grades 7-10. --Diane Colson


“Powerful and gripping straight out the door—Arclight will keep you up at night, if you dare stay awake.” (Pittacus Lore, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series)

“McQuein strongly evokes the claustrophobic tyranny of adult authority and institutional spaces, as well as the irrational human faith in the voice of ‘experience,’ in this fine debut.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Marina has a strong but inexplicable connection to the Fade, [and] she and Tobin enter dangerous dark territory to discover the truth.” (Booklist)

“In a dystopian future colony that holds back the monsters that have taken over the world, a girl tries to find her place. … Marina … stands out as an interesting and spunky character, enough of a rebel to take some major chances.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Product Details

  • Series: Arclight (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062130145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062130143
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kate B. VINE VOICE on April 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Before I even began Arclight, I was ready to dismiss it. The summary sounded a little off for my tastes. The cover, while pretty, just didn't call to me. All in all, I was really expecting Arclight to be a read where I read it, could say I read it, then promptly forget it about it. What I wasn't expecting was everything that I got.

Light is safety. Light is life.

This is the motto of Arclight. The last human defense against the Fade. And while I would love to tell you everything about the Fade, the simple truth is that they are somethings you just have to discover for yourself. And that was part of the fun of Arclight. A summary that did not do the book any justice, which lead me to uncover its secrets organically. It was completely liberating, I tell you!

Arclight begins by introducing the Arclight compound, and our main character, Marina. Marina is feared in the Arclight community for being the girl who somehow came out of the darkness, so to speak. Everyone who enters the Dark never comes back, but Marina is different. She is new to the compound and, while she has no memories of before, she may hold the key to Arclight's survival.

Arclight was a book that simply just kept getting better the longer I read it. From pulse pounding tension to a romance that seemed written just for me, Arclight was pure perfection. Seriously, there were times as I was reading this, I kept thinking, 'where have you been all my life?'.

But on the flip side, there was also a shift about half way through that made me question everything I had understood to that point. It wasn't a horrible shift. But one that made me go back a few pages due to thinking I had missed something important. I hadn't. And thankfully, the shift made better sense a few chapters later.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jon (Scott Reads It!) on May 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It's extremely hard to review Arclight because it's such a strange novel. I don't want to give anything away but at the same time I want to express how much I enjoyed this book. I apologize if there's an abundance of gushing and fanboying.

Arclight is unlike any book I've ever read. I can't think of one book that I can accurately compare Arclight to. The beginning of Arclight was a bit slow but once you get into the story, it's simply superb. Arclight is a mysterious, eerie book that will give some readers the goosebumps.

I'm still recuperating from the ending of this book. Arclight is filled with tons of surprising plot twists that were really unexpected. I thought I had figured out one of the plot twists but it turns out I had only figured out a small fraction of it. There's really more to Arclight than meets the eye!

The Fade are the most awesome horrifying creatures I've probably ever read about. At first they kind of reminded me of dementors but it turns out they're nothing like them! The Fade terrified me yet I had to keep reading Arclight. The Fade are written in a way that allows you to wrap your mind around them but at the same time you can still picture them in your head. I liked how they were written in such a vague way because it allowed me to visualize them in my own way. There are nothing as terrifying as the Fade in YA, the creatures from Pure come in a close second though.

World building in Arclight leaves much to the imagination which is very fitting because Arclight is a mysterious novel. I loved how the reader learned more and more about the world alongside Marina and by the end I understood the world a lot better. I definitely would love to see more of the dark world of Arclight in book #2.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steph Sinclair on May 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Dystopian novels disappoint me the most out of any other sub-genre. Arclight has to be one of my most anticipated books of 2013 and I was not disappointed. Despite the fairly predictable plot twist, Arclight does offer strong writing and imaginative creatures: The Fade. Which basically means this review will be a lovefest of all things Fade.

The strongest point in Arclight is without a doubt Josin's writing style and her beautiful descriptions. Every scene was so visual in my head and this was so important because by only reading the blurb, it's hard to understand what the book is really about. The world is so different and it's covered in darkness. Josin slowly reveals to the reader how things came about while still maintaining some sort of ambiguity. I really think that is where a lot of dystopian novels fail to grab me. Some don't seem to let the reader know anything about their world. It's just usually a "My world is terrible, people die. Deal with it." kind of thing. But not in Arclight. The reader finds out more as Marina does and that part was not predictable.

You may have heard that there is a love triangle and that is true, but it's not a bad one. There are two guys who are vying for Marina's affection, Tobin who I wasn't really sold on and the other is... "Honey Bunches". That is what I will call him because he was filled to the brim with sweetness! Both guys do have their faults. Tobin carries a chip about on his shoulder and blames Marina for something that happened in the past. And on the other hand, "Honey Bunches" is the jealous type, but I honestly can't blame him for his anger (you'll have to read the book to see what I mean).

And then you have the Fade themselves which was nothing short of brilliant.
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