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Arclight Hardcover – April 23, 2013
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“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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There were two things I really liked about this book. In a lot post apocalyptic young adult fiction, the ruins of the world aren't really that scary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sesho
Ahoy there me mateys. A girl in a dystopian society of the future with amnesia and a need to know her past. Read morePublished 5 months ago by The Captain
I loved this book, the characters were different, the setting something unusual. Not so far out past normal that you couldn't believe. I anticipate reading the next installment. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Book Hangover Lovers
Twists, turns, romance, suspense, and a cool sci-fi undercurrent. A great thrill ride and a lot of fun. Now on to read the sequel!Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
I really liked this book because it had a unique storyline. It was also well written, and highly entertaining - I can always tell when I like a book because I read it in a matter... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Karen Hoff
Josin McQuein's "Arclight" is a fantasy/horror novel for teens that deals with this mythical place called Arclight where people find refuge in safety during the day & where... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Paul L.
We know from the start that Ms. McQuein has no interest in writing a typical post-apocalyptic novel. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Shae Has Left the Room
Creepy dystopian that will leave your skin crawling. I loved every twist and turn in this one! Some action was hard to follow and some descriptions were hard for me to clearly... Read morePublished 21 months ago by QueenBook
The plot and everything that happened was fantastic, the world and character development lacked. I had a very hard time imagining what this world looked like as well as the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Brianna's Bookish Confessions