Marina the Mystery: A Review of ARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuien

Arclight (Arclight, #1) 
Josin L. McQuien
400 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: April 23rd, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher

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?

    Mesmerizing and enchanting, ARCLIGHT is a book that will leave you edgy and breathless before you finish the first chapter.

   The world has crumbled and darkness is taking over. The human race is dwindling. The Arclight is the last and only known place where the humans reside. And between the Dark, a land where only the Fade live, and the safety of the Arclight, lies the Grey. A foggy piece of land that any man with common-sense would never dare to trespass. And it’s here in the Grey that they find Marina, a scared and lonely teenage girl.

   Marina is a mystery to everyone. Including herself. She has no memory of her life before or if there are others like her, out there. And ever since she arrived at the Arclight, the Fade are beginning to attack more and more.

    Arclight was amazing from the beginning. Action flowed across every page, and the characters were fantastically described. I wasn’t able to flip the pages fast enough in my rush to keep up with the plot.

    Half the time I couldn’t decide if I should laugh, cry, or scream in anger. I loved the plot and settings. Josin L. McQuien knows how to write a novel that is perfect from start to finish. When she describes the world, it’s not boring and dragged out – it’s captivating.

    Sure some parts in the beginning were confusing, but as the plot plays out, everything falls into place. From the very first chapter to the last, I was holding my breath, watching and waiting for the bomb to drop. It came sooner than I expected, and much much bigger than I thought. One moment I was smiling and nodding, the next I was staring at the book in disbelief. All in all, ARCLIGHT was fantastic. It’s a read you should definitely pick up – it won’t disappoint!

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    Claire K.

    May 24, 2013


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    May 24, 2013

    I love it when the descriptions of the world are mesmarizing instead of boring: that's when you know you're reading something good :D

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    May 24, 2013

    I loved this book. You're right some parts were confusing but it was done in such a way that it made you want to read more and figure it all out!

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    Christianna Marks

    May 24, 2013

    This was such a good review! I've been wanting to read this one, but I haven't picked up a copy yet. Sounds like a winner! I like winners!

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    Alex Bennett from Electrifying Reviews

    May 25, 2013

    This sounds awesome! Your review made me want to grab the book from my shelf and start reading immediately. Thanks!

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    Kim (YA Asylum)

    May 27, 2013

    This sounds so amazing! I have Archlight and it keeps staring at me on my bookshelf asking me why I haven't read it. Now I'm going to have to move it to the top of my TBR pile. Great review!