Author: Josin L. McQuein
Published by: Egmont UK.
Publication date: 5th August 2013.
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
The Arclight is like an island. It's a bright place, inhabited by humans who can't leave because there is danger beyond the boundaries. The Arclight is under threat from the Fade who come from the Dark; in between the Dark and the Arclight is the Grey. The Fade are not human - they are a hive mind. No one crosses the boundaries of the Arclight because they don't know what they might face.There is a possibility they could hear voices convincing them to go over to the Dark. However, the Arclight isn't necessarily a good place...and the Fade aren't necessarily the enemy...
One of the main characters is called Marina. She is likeable but in the beginning I was left wondering what on earth she had done wrong to be treated the way she was by other people.
Another leading character is Tobin (although I read the proof copy. Sometimes he was called Toby, and once he was called Tobias, so I'm not entirely sure what his name will be.) I wasn't sure what to make of him for quite some time, but eventually he becomes Marina's love interest.
A character that stood out to me was Rue. For most of the book I didn't like him at all, but by the end chapters it became apparent that he had been very much misunderstood.
In the beginning, I had no idea what was going on. I didn't know if it was set on Earth or another planet, or maybe even Earth but in the future. I would say this book is slightly Dystopian, which is a genre that I don't read enough of! It is also quite Sci Fi. The story is suspenseful and I didn't want to put it down - the author is very skilled at keeping a reader on the edge of their seat.
Sometimes it wasn't clear who was speaking, but other than that it was very well written. At times it was bleak because you realise that all of the humans on the Arclight have to stay there for eternity. They can't go anywhere else because it's not safe. It definitely doesn't sound like a fun place to live! They're constantly on alert in case they're attacked by the Fade.
I liked this story a lot and was disappointed to reach the end - I'm hoping there will be a sequel! It's really edgy and mysterious like nothing I've read before. I give this my highest rating of 5 out of 5 and I think it's one of those books that could be turned into a really gripping movie.