Author: Josin L. McQuein
Published: April 23rd 2013
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Categories:  Dystopia, Science Fiction, Thriller

I received an eARC from Greenwillow Books via Edelweiss. Thank you.

Have you ever experience something you have no idea what it was and you don’t know how to explain without resulting to a massive mess of words? This is how I feel about Arclight. It was neither good nor bad. By the time I finished this book I feel like I’m drunk (and I was never drunk, as in ever) but without the hangover. I didn’t know what had just happened.

I’ve been dragging writing this review because I don’t know what to say. Like I mentioned earlier this might end up with pile of words explaining what I feel and not about what the book is all about. But in my defense the book was really different. Furthermore the creepy feeling of this book mystified what I concluded about it at first. Apparently, in this case first expression never last. It was way gone and never returned.  I was expecting a typical dystopia/post-apocalyptic books with some thriller going on. But it’s not just some but plenty of those creepy moods are what I got from this book. I haven’t encountered books with this specific blend so I hopped in with full a smile on my face that I accidentally dug some rare gems with Arclight. Gem indeed, but if I were I jewel enthusiast I don’t know if I appreciate the value. Because, well, like I said I don’t know what it is.

But there’s something hunting about it because if I didn’t like it and comprehend it I wouldn’t have finished it. But I didn’t have the typical reaction afterwards, like if I loved it I will be waltzing in my room hugging my book and can’t believe I just read an amazing story. And if the opposite, I have the urge to burn the book to pieces until it just a pile of ashes. But no, I was neither, I think I might have stared on my e-reader longer than normal until I finally realized that it just ended and I have no way identifying this feeling of lost. The smile was gone and replaced with that deer in headlights expression. I don’t know the proper treatment to appreciate this book.

But you know what, I might not understand everything but I do know that the book is very creative. How the author incorporated this thrilling aspect of the story as well as very well-thought out characters and have them meshed in this genre was brilliant. It was wonderful in a puzzling way. The main lead was mysterious from the very beginning (she’s the only person who have survived the darkness) and good for her to have sustained that character. Perhaps, that is why even though I’m experiencing difficulties I still have this desire to continue because she was true to the nature of her character. You just want to go along and let her lead you the way, blindly following her.

This book is something you read with an open mind (and with the lights on). It was something how raw and different from the books I usually read that had me confused. But who am I stop you, if you want a really unique story and completely fine with eerie feel on your reading palate, I totally suggest picking this one up. And hopefully you can help me to finally identify these feeling of inaccuracies. See, this review is a massive mess of words.