Apr •  1 •  2013

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Review: ARCLIGHTARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuein
Published by Greenwillow Books on May 1, 2013
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/Dystopian
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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"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?"



This book is AWESOME!!! I mean really, here I was thinking I knew what I was  going to read and BAM! Surprise after surprise…

The plot of the book is amazing. Starting off with a punch, Marina is an outcast.  I love that right off the bat she is different yet sacred. Their is something about this girl that pulls you into her shoes. You want to just slide into her mind and know her thoughts and those around her. She has it hard. Some people treating her like a leper, to only a few people actually befriending her.

The plot of the move quickly and I love it. It maintained a high adrenaline rush through each secret when the author reveals little by little. Once I got to the end, it was NOTHING like I expected. It caught me off guard with all the skeletons coming out of the closet. The lies, the secrets and most of the the betrayal of someone you thought you knew. It hurt me yet it excited me with all the revelations coming to light.

There is a slight love interest that quickly dissolves  And you automatically tell how much this nerves me. Once the secret is out, its like she doesn’t exist anymore and my goodness that really grinded me gears. I mean, who does that???

Overall, this is a fantastic book. Pulling me in from every single way, I could not resist this story. It’s intriguing and plain exhilarating! It doesn’t say that there is a sequel yet, but man their better be. There is no way that book can end like that!  ARCLIGHT is an fascinating read you can’t help but devour. A rare story that is brilliant and engrossing, ARCLIGHT is awesome!

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Farah
    Apr 1, 2013

    Wow this sounds like a fantastic read! I like quick plots! Great review!!
    – Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  2. Oh wow! I didn’t expect being pulled in all directions. When it’s done right, it’s fantastic! Brilly review!

  3. Candace
    Apr 2, 2013

    Thanks for the heads up on the love interest. I have this one and I’m glad it was so good! I hope I can fit it in one of these days!

  4. Wendy Darling
    Apr 13, 2013

    I thought this was fantastic, too! Yay. I really liked the horror feel in the sci fi setting. A nice surprise for sure.