Arclight Mini Review

By Josin L McQuein
Published on April 23, 2013
Published by Greenwillow Books
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?

Ok, so I wrote a long thoroughly detailed review about a month ago.... and then Blogger ate it.  I know, I know, I should back these things up.  So, I am just going to give you the highlights of what I liked and throw in a couple gifs for good measure.

I liked this book.  It felt disjointed, weird, and had a ton of sci-fi.  At this point you should say, "But Amanda, these are all things you HATE about books."  That is true, but in Arclight's case- it totally worked well!   Yes, the plot was a bit jerky.  But I accepted it and moved on and found myself really enthralled with this story- it is intense!  We meet a certain someone from the Fade and he reminds me so much of Con from the Robin McKinley book, Sunshine.  He is mysterious and aloof in a somewhat creepy and "other" way. 

I will warn you- the first chunk of this book is scary.  If you don't like it, don't give up- the book really takes a change and reads less like horror and more like an action/sci-fi/ dystopian. 

How I feel about this book in gif form:

The first 150 pages or so:

The rest of the book:


  1. Haha I love your gif choice for this review! It definitely makes me want to read Arclight. I'm normally not a sci-fi girl either, but I've read so many great reviews for this one that I don't think I can pass it up. Plus the cover is AWESOME. :D

    Julia @ That Hapa Chick


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