22 April 2013

Arclight by Josin L.McQuein

Arclight by Josin L.McQuein
Publisher: Greenwillow 
Publication date: April 23rd 2013
My rating: 2 star

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 debated whether or not I should finish this book since I got it from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I didn't wanted to finish it because I started reading it at least 5 or 6 times but I never got past the first two pages. Isn't the start of the book very important? Shouldn't I want to grip it tighter and never let it go, at least not until I finish reading it? It didn't happen. And I kept hoping it will get better with time. The main reason I was persistent is that some of the bloggers I follow read it and gave it 3 or 4 stars. So I pushed myself. I wanted to like it but I just couldn't. 

MC, or pretty much any other character in Arclight was like an Egyptian fresco painting where you can only see one side of the model. They were like cardboard cutouts with no heart or soul. 

I went from thinking those Fade creatures were zombies, to ghosts, to Dementors and then it turn out they are in fact people. I'm not even sure they are human since I didn't finish it. They were the only thing that kept my attention this far but in the end it wasn't enough. It just wasn't. And I'm sorry I requested Arclight and it's going to get even lower rating. I'm really sorry because the author clearly had a great vision. It just wasn't for me. 


  1. Sometimes it just doesn't work :) At least you gave it a try!


  2. I did try, a couple of times. This sort of thing happens to me all the time. I get a highly anticipated book, only to not find it interesting once I start.