Arclight is the story of Marina, a girl who is rescued from The Dark. Yes, with the capital D. The Dark is the post-apocalyptic danger-land outside of the Arc, which is a haven perpetually lit by the brightest lights known to man. The lights are needed to protect the settlement from the Fade: creepy-scary-shape-changing monsters that break in and steal the Arclight’s people, then turn them into more Fade’s. There’s nothing worse than your people being turned into the very monsters you might one day kill – or be killed by.

Marina is treated as an outcast, and she feels like one-she has no memory of who she was before she was rescued, if her family is alive or dead, if they even loved her, and no one is revealing any secrets to her. When she helps to capture a rogue Fade Marina inadvertently starts a chain of events that will lead to her following that Fade into the Dark to discover secrets about her life, her friends, and the Arclight that she never thought possible.

Arclight is an exciting story, with twists and turns through the Dark and the Arc, leading you to surprises about the dystopian world, its characters, and its future that. . .you really might figure out before the end. Okay, it is a little predictable, but in a way it is really reassuring, because if I know who the girl is going to end up with and that she’s going to want to save the world I won’t be disappointed at the end, and I know there will be a sequel. Marina comes off as a bit whiny, but I suspect teens won’t notice because she might sound like them – doubtful, worried, anxious. Overall it was a great book and I’m looking forward to the sequel!


Fans of dystopian and science fiction series will love Arclight and its sequel, Meridian. With a unique premise, lots of plot twists, and unpredictable characters, the Arclight series is a strange new world that readers will love to discover.

Marina and the rest of the Arclight settlement are struggling to cope with the aftermath of not just a physical attack on their home, but a psychological blow as well. Everything they thought they knew about the Fade has changed, and the secrets and lies never stop coming. Marina and her friends learn shocking things about their respective family’s past and the history of the Arclight. On top of that, Rue and the other Fade reveal a new and dangerous threat from the Dark, one that the Arclight has seen hints of only in their nightmares. The secret of this new threat, and the intensity of the danger, will surprise readers up until the very end.

I loved getting to see more interaction between Marina, Tobin, Annie and the Fade. New Fade are introduced, developed, and become an integral part of the story. We also get to see half of the story from Tobin’s point of view, which provides a different perspective on the entire history of the Arclight, as well as the Fade, and the action that takes place throughout the book. Flipping the world on its head and taking the reader from one unique perspective to another is definitely one of McQuein’s strongest writing skills.

Overall Meridian was a strong follow-up to Arclight, continuing the unique sci-fi story and adding many interesting new elements that readers will enjoy.


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I ended up with 2 review copies of the hardcover of Meridian, so I’m giving them away! Head over to Twitter to enter to win a copy of MeridianIt’s super easy to enter, and I’ll be choosing winners in precisely one week. Good luck!


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