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  • Posted May 18, 2013

    3 1/2 Stars Okay, Where do I start with one? This book had be s

    3 1/2 Stars

    Okay, Where do I start with one? This book had be so lost and unsure of anything that was going on through most of the book. Even when I hit the 50% mark I still felt lost and confused! I mean how can you really enjoy a book when you don't understand the majority of the book? You can't!

    I didn't really feel a connection towards any of the characters and did not find a lot of them even that likeable. I mean I didn't hate them, but they were by far NOT characters that I look forward to reading again and remember! Which is really sad because I has such high hopes for this book, I really did and when I got far enough into the book that things should of start coming together and it didn't, I started to lose my faith in this book.

    The writing seemed to ramble a lot and not connect. Which was very confusing. The way that Marina thinks and express herself had me feeling like I was going in circles. The world building was too much. It was to much to remember with lights and how they all worked. I really didn't understand the fade, and how they changed you into them & why, for the majority of the book. There was so much with book that just did not make sense, and I felt the author waited to long to explain everything! I did get most of my questions answered at the end, but most of the book I was stuck and confused with not really know what's going on! :( I had really high hopes for this book and was saddened to see it not live up to the exceptions I had for it!

    The Plot:

    Marina has no memory of before she was rescued from the Grey and brought to ArcLight. She yearns to know more about herself and where she came from, and how she got there, and if she has family somewhere out there looking for her, and defentely why she can communicate with the fade and know ones else can. But something else is bothering her! She wants to know why the fade are afraid of her. She has SO many questions and no answers.

    She is made fun of and shunned by her follow classmates. They think of her as fade-bait, and blame her for a lot of the adults deaths in the ArcLight. When Marina was brought out in from the Grey area (The area in the middle of the Dark, where the fade are, and the area in the Light, where the remaining humans are is called the ArcLight). A lot of parents, teachers, and other adults from the ArcLight decided to chance their lives and go into the dangerous Grey to rescue and bring the girl that somehow manged to survive out there. Marina is Hope! The first sign that something is beyond all of this, and that other living breathing humans may be out there too! People from the ArcLight went out into the grey, but not all returned! And some of the kids resent her, blame her for their parents and teachers not returning. And one of them is one boy that just might become her unlikely Allie!

    Strange things start to happen, and Marina must try to make since of the events that unfold! Who is she, why can't she remember anything, what happens when the people go out into the dark, why can she communicate with the fade, why are the fade trying to get to her, but most important why are they scared of her?

    These are the questions Marina has to try to figure out while battling the fade that want to take her back to where she came from, the dark...

    I will say that after this book hit the 75% mark, I did start to enjoy it a lot more then the beggining and middle because everything was coming together, and we were getting answers to the questions that Marina need! But when everything was revealed it was not a surprise to me at all. It was very predictable, but still enjoy towards the end!

    So Overall, I did struggle with this book in the beginning and the middle. It was very confusing. Their was too much going on at once, too many unanswered questions that were not answered until the very end. The characters were really not that enjoyable until the end. And the overall story felt like it was lacking something, but had to much of something else. I felt this story could of really been amazing if the author would of dealt with some of the mention issues that I had! Now, that being said, I did get into the ending of the story as everything was revealed and coming to a close. BUT who really wants to read a book that you only like the ending? I know I don't! I think the second book will probably be a lot better then the first, b/c the author ended everything on a very interesting note! So I will be finishing the series in hopes of the next book in the series being better then the first! I felt if the author would of clarrifed things earlier and not had so much going on at once it would of been remarkable! I feel I can't give this book anymore the 3 1/2 stars due to the beginning and the middle! I would recommended this book b/c I think the next book in the series will be a lot better!

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  • Posted May 7, 2013

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    Back in February, ARCLIGHT was optioned by Universal Studios for

    Back in February, ARCLIGHT was optioned by Universal Studios for film...and the book didn't even hit shelves until last week.  There's a lot of buzz about this title, and Josin L. McQuein has been on my radar ever since she submitted her query letter for PREMEDITATED (Out Oct. 2013 from Random House / Delacorte Books for Young Readers).  She has a style of writing that absolutely grabs your attention, forces you to stop and take a peek, and doesn't loosen its hold until you take the time to stop and do exactly that.

    The world and foundation of ARCLIGHT is vast and hard to sum up briefly, but the gist of it revolves around the people living in The Arclight.  Most of humanity has been eliminated, and The Arclight is all that protects everyone remaining from The Fade, who hate the light and are unable to breach the walls and come inside.  Everyone is shocked when a girl named Marina appears, proving that there are humans living beyond the walls of The Arclight.  She is the only survivor of her group, though, and barely escaped The Fade.  Now, The Fade have their eyes set on The Arclight and are willing to do anything to destroy the humans living within its borders.  ...At least, that's what everyone is told.  The truth is a scary, slippery thing that will test everyone's resolve.

    That summary doesn't even encompass half of what ARCLIGHT is about, but it's hard to talk about without giving away any spoilers.  There's a lot of sci-fi in this one, and it has the feel of a true dystopian, not the half-baked offerings so many authors are putting out lately.  To me, a lot of the "surprise twists" were predictable, but we've talked before about how I can see things coming that many other readers can't, so there is that.  McQuein's world-building is phenomenal, the true stand-out of the novel.  In this way, I am heavily reminded of THE SHADOW SOCIETY by Marie Rutkoski (My review).  Both books are so uniquely developed that all I wanted to do was read more and more.  McQuein also has a beautiful way of writing; her words and sentences just slammed into me at times, and I had to stop and re-read the line.  You can tell just by looking at the above hook; there's just something about the way she words ordinary sentences that makes them suddenly seem special.

    All of that aside, it took me a long time to truly sink into the world of ARCLIGHT.  At first, I wasn't sure I could finish the book, and that devastated me because I'd been badly looking forward to this one.  Sci-fi really isn't my thing, and I always struggle more with it than I do other types of writing.  Once The Fade collided with The Arclight, however, I was able to maintain a connection and become invested in the story, but it was slow-going for me.  So if you're like me in this aspect, stick with it!  And if you wind up not being able to because sci-fi isn't your thing, don't write McQuein off.  I've been lucky enough to read an ARC of this October's release of PREMEDITATED, and while I won't share my review with you until late Sept./Early Oct., know now that it is delicious and you're going to want to pick it up and devour it.  I connected with that one from the very start and look forward to sharing my thoughts with all of you.  It will be so interesting to see where McQuein goes in the future and what other types of stories and genres she has stored in her head to share with all of us.

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    Posted May 23, 2013

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