SciFi Book Review: Arclight

Arclight by Josin L. McQuein

The Arclight is the last refuge in a post-apocalyptic world consumed by terrifying monsters called the Fade. No one crosses the wall of light that keeps the last human survivors safe. There’s nothing else left and nowhere to go. Or so they thought, until Marina, a lone teenage girl, stumbles out of the Dark.

Marina doesn’t remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. And the Fade want her back. When one of them infiltrates the compound and recognizes Marina, she begins to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Marina knows she’s an outsider in the Arclight, but she’ll do anything to protect those who saved her. Whether they want her help or not.

Marina is a brave girl with a good heart. Though she has no memory of her past, she feels a strange pull towards the Dark. She has a nice chemistry with Tobin, the son of the man who rescued her. And there’s even a love triangle with one of the Fade. McQuein’s dystopian world is set in the future where humans are forced to live in the Arclight, keeping away the Fade and the dark. The origin of the Fade is explained well and is a fresh and unique idea.

Science fiction fans will enjoy this dark, exciting tale. With plenty of drama, mystery, intrigue, and a bit of romance – Arclight is a stirring debut. Unpredictable and full of twists, this YA science fiction thriller is fast-paced and surprising.

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