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Arclight

McQuein, Josin L. (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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The first person to cross the barrier that protects Arclight from the Fade, teenaged Marina has no memory when she is rescued but when one of the Fade infiltrates Arclight, she recognizes it and begins to unlock secrets she never knew she had.
Authors: McQuein, Josin L.
Title: Arclight
Publisher: New York, NY :, Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 403 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: The first person to cross the barrier that protects Arclight from the Fade, teenaged Marina has no memory when she is rescued but when one of the Fade infiltrates Arclight, she recognizes it and begins to unlock secrets she never knew she had.
ISBN: 0062130145
9780062130143
Statement of Responsibility: Josin L. McQuein
Subject Headings: Science fiction. Identity Fiction. Amnesia Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Science fiction.
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Amnesia
LCCN: 2013002929
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Apr 05, 2014
  • artemishi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Arclight is decidedly YA, but combines elements of dystopian, science fiction, and thriller. It was better than I expected, although the pace did a bit of wandering at times, and I greatly disliked the main male character (who is underdeveloped).

The concept of the Fade are both terrifying and potentially possible. And, like every dystopian, there's the questioning of the established order and regime. I guessed Marina's circumstances midway through the novel, but I was surprised at the expanded concept of the Fade, and their culture. Although Marina was, at times, glib to the point of out-of-character, and cynical to the point of annoying, and trusting to the point of naivety, I liked how she handled events as they went spiraling out of her control.

I don't want to give too much away, but suffice to say I didn't want her to do what she ended up doing, and I really wanted to know more about Cherish. I identified pretty strongly with Ann-Marie, and would have liked the last quarter of the book to be developed far more than it was (I kept asking "how?!" as the plot raced ahead, heedless of logic).

I'd recommend this for fans of YA dystopian and YA sci-fi books.

Not a huge fan of this one, but it wasn't horrible either. In this teen dystopia, all of humanity is sheltering in an enclave that is constantly kept lit, to keep out the nano-bot infected world that thrives in the darkness that covers the rest of the planet. Marina is the only one who has ever survived the darkness and, for the group of people who rescued her, she represents the possibility that other people may exist in what they thought was a barren wasteland.

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