Mar 23, 2013

Arclight by Josin L. McQuein Review

Arclight by Josin L. McQuein
(Arclight, #1)
Releaste Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 400 pages
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?

I let myself sleep over this book because I was torn on how I felt. On one hand, it was pretty great, the characters were fantastic, the story was different and entertaining but on the other hand, it's like once I got to a point in the book I just wasn't as in to it. Like when a certain Fade came in to the picture and it's not that I didn't like him I think it's that he just wasn't that interesting compared to Tobin. I also found everything to be pretty predictable. The only thing I was somewhat surprised by was what Honoria (the Arclight leader) did at the end; but even that wasn't anything too surprising.

That being said, let's back up some. Our main character Marina is the odd person out inside Arclight as she's the only person to have survived the Fade. She doesn't remember where she came from, if she has any family out there or how she survived but that doesn't matter because she isn't accepted there. The first two chapters are about introducing some major characters as well as our first Fade attack on Arclight. It's pretty intense and it reels you right from the beginning.

I really liked Marina; for not knowing anything of her past and how she got where she is, she's incredibly strong, smart and independent. She's not whiny, like some girls tend to be in YA but really likeable. She's not physically strong since she was injured in her recovery from the Grey but she's got a strong will. She's been put in an impossible position and yet she hasn't let it affect her as much as it would most people.

Tobin. . .I really like him. I practically like him from the minute he's introduced. For as much as he seems to hate Marina, because his father was lost & assumed dead during her rescue, he certainly becomes her savior during the Fade raid. Because of her gimp leg, she isn't able to run like everyone else and he carries her. He assures her even before things got crazy that he's got her. You know that below that anger is something so much greater and you get antsy waiting for it to uncover itself. Really, I don't think Tobin disappoints one bit.

However, this is YA so what is it without a love triangle, right? Except, this love triangle is very unique because it involves Tobin, a human, and Rue, a Fade. Now you're curious, aren't you? So was I. . .but I didn't like it. It's not that I didn't like Rue, because he was charming in his strange way, I just didn't feel it. Even as things progressed I didn't feel it and my heart was truly with Tobin.

Minus the characters, because they were all amazing and some even twisted like the leader, Honoria, who was missing a few screws. The first half of the book really had me excited and thinking I was going to walk away absolutely loving this. But then we enter the Fade and it just. . .I didn't feel the excitement anymore. Which is really hard to explain because it wasn't bad it just didn't grab my attention like I was hoping. This was still a great book and I really enjoyed it, as a whole, but I didn't come out of it going straight to my friends and telling them it's a MUST read.

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