Book Review: Arclight by Josin L. McQuein


Young Adult > Post-Apocalyptic | Dystopia

(Arclight #1)

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?


… definitely a series to watch out for. This is the debut novel you don’t want to miss! 😀

Arclight was gripping, especially for the first five chapters. I was still finding a comfortable position to read in my swivel chair when I froze. Because it is only Chapter 1, and Fade was already attacking Arclight. Talk about an aggressive start! And yes, I already got the whiff of Tobin, the grudgingly intriguing love interest. *swoon*

Marina came outside of Arclight two months prior her stay there. She knows she’s different; she can tell by the way other people look at her. She’s shunned and feared, because it was a well known fact that nobody survives outside. In the Gray, especially in the Dark, where the Fade exist. Until she appeared, and now people are suspicious of her.

I am so ready to be horrified out of my wits, and I did for a while. But when the sci-fi element was revealed, ahh. The terror dwindled. Still, the story was inarguably fun for a post-apocalyptic fan like me. Arclight was reminiscent of two of my favorite books (If I mentioned them, you might get spoiled) so the originality I once felt at the beginning was short-lived. The romance twist in the end didn’t help, either. I thought, “Hey, I think I’ve read this before..?”

Arclight was fast-paced, solidly written, and it really kept me at the edge of my seat. I actually thought this was a standalone, but I was wrong. I really enjoyed Josin L. McQuein‘s story – slightly creepy and a tad romantic. 🙂

Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins/Greenwillow for granting my galley request.


ARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuein

Kindle Edition, 400 pages

Published April 23rd 2013 by Greenwillow Books
4/5 stars


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