Arclight

Arclight

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, 2014, c2013.
Edition: 1st Greenwillow pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780062130150
0062130153
Characteristics: 424 p.

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AL_KELSEY Nov 21, 2016

This plot-twisty futuristic dystopian story is chock-full of manipulation, secrets, love, and lies that will leave you breathless. In a future world where a dark and shadowy race tries to take over the humans, one girl stands between good and evil...and she struggles to decide which side is which.

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dianazam
Jul 06, 2016

Picking up the book and reading first page got me really trapped in the story. I really enjoy reading Arclight because Marina is a character that I relate to a lot. I apologize for the vague comment but I've just started reading the book so I don't have much to say, but it's a good book!

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artemishi
Apr 05, 2014

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.

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s_kundrik
Jul 04, 2013

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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mrylaarsdam
Oct 27, 2014

mrylaarsdam thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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