In Marina’s world there is the dark, the gray, and the Arclight. The Arclight means life to those who are left. Those who are still human. For the Fade, those who populate the dark, light means death and this is what keeps Marina and the rest safe. But one day the Fade find a way inside the Arclight. Now the life humankind has built for itself is at stake and it’s up to Marina, the only person who’s survived life beyond the light, to help save everyone.
I was quite stunned by Arclight. This wasn’t a book I’d heard much about when it was released last year – possibly because the premise is unique enough that no one would want to give away too much. And it is quite different. The reader is thrown into Marina’s world from page one without much explanation at all. I’ll admit I was more than a little confused but stuck it out to see what would be revealed in the pages to come, and I’m so glad that I did.
McQuein’s futuristic setting is one in which technology has overtaken everything. And while those in the Arclight are knowledgeable about things like the scientific achievements that surround them, the truth about their world is kept somewhat secret by those in charge.
5/14 Becky Lejeune
ARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuein. Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (March 25, 2014). ISBN 978-0062130150. 432p.