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  • Hardcover: 403 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (23 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062130145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062130143
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,074,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Josin L McQuein was born and raised in Texas, where she used writing as a way to escape when she needed a break from caring for ailing relatives. Now she and her three crazy dogs live in a town so small the buffalo outnumber the people, and things like subways or consistent internet access are fictional creations of the faraway fantasy-land known as civilization. Arclight is her first novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Phillips on 25 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I wasn't expecting much from this book if I'm honest. A lot of the reviews I saw prior to reading it seemed to think it was alright but not great. So taking that into account my expectations going into this were fairly low, which lead to Arclight taking me completely by surprise. To my astonishment I really, really loved this book I thought it was smart, original and totally gripping. I really have to wonder if I read the same book that so many others did because I cannot understand how this has not gotten more attention and more love from the book blogging community.

This book grabbed my attention from the first page and it didn't let go until it was all over. The opening was brilliant, it was bold and scary and the first few chapters were heart in your mouth kind of stuff. Although the book couldn't keep up the mystery and suspense of the first chapters it never once lost my interest. The storyline was original and compelling and the writing extremely impressive. McQuein can really write well and there were some beautiful moment tucked between the enthralling action sequences. All of this is supported by some amazing world building and descriptions especially when the reader is taken outside the boundaries of the Arclight.

McQuein is not only a good writer but clearly also has one hell of an imagination, I found Arclight very creative. Not only is the world very different but the beings in it are as well. The Fade are unlike anything I have seen or read before and they were one of the reasons this book was such a success for me. Another plus was the author's ability to mix things up parts of this were scary and dark, other moments cute and sweet. There were times I was afraid and times I was truly touched.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber on 25 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
I must say, I am pleasantly surprised! I wasn't sure what to expect going into this, due to my whole "don't read synopses, don't read reviews" thing I have for books I have yet to read. I don't like spoilers, okay? Which is kind of silly since I'm running a recap site and there are spoilers everywhere, but whatever. Anyway, I really liked Arclight! I finished it in just over 24 hours, and that is probably a record for me over these past few months. Damn reading funks.

One of my favourite things about this book was the world-building. It wasn't anything outstanding, but it was definitely pretty awesome. I liked that Marina's town was separated from everything else by a wall of light so that these creatures - the Fade - couldn't get in. Well, that's what we're told, but the Fade actually breach the wall of light in the first chapter. So what could be going wrong?

I loved the Fade. They were really mysterious, since Marina and the other teens and kids don't know much about them. Those damn adults are keeping secrets and not letting them in on everything. Arghhh, adults *shakes fist* I loved discovering more about the Fade and what exactly they were. They were creepy!

I thought that the plot itself was a bit predictable. And by "a bit", I mean I knew what was going on with Marina by the time I was 20% of the way through. It didn't have a huge impact on my enjoyment of the novel, because I still really liked seeing Marina and the other characters discover everything. And I liked being proven right, I am not gonna lie. Despite being predictable, the plot was really fast paced. I can't think of one slow moment, and I definitely wasn't bored at all. I was impressed by how the author managed to fit so much into this book.

I really liked Marina.
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Format: Paperback
Ever since I heard about Arclight I was extremely curious about it. I saw a lot of positive reviews for it around release time and I couldn't wait to read it. I've had it sitting on my bookcase for quite a while and finally got the push I needed to read it when I got a review copy of Meridian.
Arclight takes place in a world that has been destroyed by monsters called The Fade. I adored finding out more about the world Marina lives in. The Arclight is surrounded by lights to protect the human survivors - and keep The Fade out - but they breach the building in the very first chapter (which it turns out is the first time they've breached the security). The Fade were intriguing and I was dying to find out more about them. I was pretty sure that we weren't being told the whole truth by the leaders in The Arclight, and I really loved discovering more about The Fade.

I really adored Marina's character. She's strong, feisty and doesn't give up. She knows when something isn't right and is determined to find out the truth. There was a lot of mystery surrounding Marina. She was found out in the Grey (area outside The Arclight) and brought back, but she has no memories of what happened to her before she woke up there. There was a lot to discover about her. She was a fantastic main character.

Tobin was alright. I'm actually not a major fan of Tobin, I actually think he's kind of an ass. Sure he has his nice moments, but overall, I'm just not a fan of him. He's kind of mysterious. Also, one moment he seems to hate Marina and the next he's being nice to her. He ran hot and cold and I just didn't like him.
There was a love triangle in Arclight, but it actually didn't bother me.
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