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The Light (Morpheus Road #1)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  2,211 ratings  ·  317 reviews
Marshall Seaver is being haunted.


It begins with mysterious sounds, a fleeting face outside a window, a rogue breeze—all things that can be explained away. That is, until he comes face-to-face with a character who only exists on
the pages of a sketchbook—a character Marshall himself created.


Marshall has no idea why he is being torment
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Aladdin (first published April 1st 2010)
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Meet 16 year old Marshall Seaver. Marsh is a semi-geek who likes his graphic novels, comic books, art and has a hard time letting go and growing up, unlike his best friend Cooper, who likes to live life large and push it to the limits, frequently.
So what happens when Cooper gets himself into a sticky mess more then usual and gets sent away to his family lake house, destroying there summer plans in the process? Or a better question is, what's happening to Marsh as he seems to be haunted or/and hu
This book is probably a great read for younger boys. As for myself, I found the writing to be clunky, repetitive and tiresome. This passage, for instance,

"Before I knew it I started to go over. I was falling off my own roof. I reached out, desperate to grab onto anything that would slow me down. What I got was the rain gutter. I grabbed it with my right hand, but it was too late to stop me from falling. The gutter bent under my weight and pulled away from the house. I lunged out with my left ha
Alicia ǂFlower Crown Princessǂ
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

“…search is over…journey will begin…”
“What journey? Who is this?”
Suddenly the static stopped. The squealing stopped. I thought the phone had gone dead. It hadn’t. I heard a deep, booming man’s voice clearly say, “The journey along the Morpheus Road.”

Sometimes, in book fairs, you can find hidden treasures. Sure, you have to deal with being compacted in a small square room with a lot of kids five years younger than you who are there more as an excuse to get out of a c
This past Saturday, my daughter and I went to the LA Times Festival of Books at UCLA. Our first stop was the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore booth to get the lay of the land. Last year, we stumbled upon Connie Willis at their booth and had a nice chat with her, so we were hoping for some equal luck this year. We started talking to this really nice, intelligent author named D.J. MacHale. There wasn't anyone waiting to get books signed, so we kind of monopolized his time for a bit. I noticed that he h ...more
Several years ago I read the Pendragon series by D.J. McHale and rather enjoyed them, so when I saw that he had a new series out I certainly wanted to read it. Honestly, getting this book was just a waste of a good credit. Spoilers coming up…if you still want to read this book, that is…

I really, really wanted to like this book, and kept on figuring that it was going to get better in a couple of chapters…it never did. Let’s start off with the main character shall we? Marshall Ciever
Mikala Woods
Let me just start out by saying that I haven't read any horror or ghost stories for about a year now, and reading this book made me realize how much I missed, and loved, the genre. I've come to love D.J. MacHale's writing, after just finishing the amazing Pendragon series, and he is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
Quick synopsis: the best friend (Cooper) of our main character (Marsh) ends up going missing right at the beginning of the book. At first this doesn't seem like anything bi
I've had this book for a year now. I don't know why it's taken me so long to get to it. I bought it at last year's LA Times Book Festival where D.J. MacHale signed it for me. And now that this year's Book Festival is right around the corner, and D.J. MacHale will be there again, I thought, "Oh, #@$%!$, I didn't even read that first book!" Seriously, I felt guilty. Which is silly. I don't think this man would be mortally offended that I took so long to get to his book, but I still felt kind of ba ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
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MORPHEUS ROAD: THE LIGHT is the first book in a planned trilogy from D. J. McHale. As soon as I saw the super creepy cover (which is unbelievably detailed in person) I had to read it. I’m sorry it looks like mud above, but there don’t appear to be good hi-res images anywhere.

For fans of D. J. McHale's Pendragon series, Mark Diamond gets a couple brief mentions of here. Speaking of the Pendragon series, my big complaint with them and now MORPHE
I was really creeped out by this book. Some of the graphics made my imagination run wild which resulted in me freaking out. I do give credits for the explicit details and I'm sure horror fans would love this book.

The plot itself was all over the place. At first, it was about the character that Marshall made up and then the "kidnapping" of his best friend, Cooper. They were separate but the author managed to pull things together so both subplots were able to coordinate well with each other. Howev
Wow, I loved this book!

I've let Morpheus Road The Light sit on my shelf for months because the back description didn't sound too fantastic. I started reading it because I saw that a few of my Goodreads friends gave it a good review, so I figured I would give it a try, and I am so happy that I did! This book was so good!

It has been a while since I've read a truly creepy book, and I definitely enjoyed the creepiness of this one! I also loved the storyline, which included things like of the power o
If I were to write a letter to the author:

You've gotta be kidding. D.J., what were you thinking? Has your brain been addled by the TV shows you used to write? I read the first book in your "Pendragon" series and it was amazing! I couldn't put it down. You wrote killer cliff-hanger endings. But this book? It is just a hodge podge of scary, sensational scenes, tied together by a weak plot. Clearly, you were going for the gore factor, a tactic that causes authors to lose major points in my book. Th
It was definitely good for Halloween. Very creepy, lots of action and supernatural happenings, and also more blood than I had expected. I didn't much like the rather colloquial writing style, but that is just personal preference, and it fit the book fine.
Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: A highly entertaining read that is sure to give you nightmares.

Opening Sentence: I believe in ghosts.

The Review:

The story is narrated by Marshall Seaver, an average teenage boy and amateur comic book artist. He's a bit immature and clings to all of the things that define him. He loves comics, video games, building model rockets, and spending time with his one and only friend - his best friend, Cooper. Where Marshall is a total geek and lacks skills with the ladies, Cooper i
Apr 03, 2012 Annie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of MacHale, fans of real paranormal and ghost stories, MARK DIMOND FANGIRLS
Forgot to post full review. Here it is now.

First Look: I don’t know why I haven’t picked this up before now. What was I waiting for? I mean, it’s D. J. MacHale, who wrote the amazing-beyond-amazing Pendragon series. I’m now convinced that MacHale is genius in carbon form.*

Setting: Stony Brook! I loved how the story took place in the same town as the Pendragon series started out in. The town itself isn’t anything special, it’s just a smallish town. But I like how MacHale used the same places (sch
The Light is an intense and down right creepy beginning to an exciting new series. From the get go, I knew this book was going to creep me out. Just look at the cover. This character screams "I am uber creepy. You better fear me." So it was no surprise to me when the first real scary / suspenseful scene occurred early on in the novel and that I was on the edge of my seat the whole time... with every little twist and suspenseful bump making me want to hide under the covers. From that scene alone, ...more
Morpheus Road was filled with creepy ghouls, mysterious occurrences, teen-aged boy antics and even a cute girl to tag along on the adventure. I can certainly see why this book would appeal to boys. It isn’t entirely unappealing to girls either, I imagine, but they’d have to be a bit more into the supernatural to really enjoy it. It does, however showcase a sassy heroine who’s strong with a touch of vulnerability. So that could draw some girls in as well.

Sadly, the story dragged a bit as the stor
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Marshall Seaver is looking forward to spending the summer with his best friend, Cooper, but an incident with some phony tickets has changed all that. Cooper's family whisks him away to their lake house where he disappears. Cooper's family thinks he's just run off again, but Marshall is convinced something is wrong, especially when he starts hearing strange noises and seeing strange things.

Strangest of all is the appearance of "Gravedigger," who shou
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
4 Stars - When I first started reading this book I soon learned that I wouldn't be reading it in the dark. It had such a high creep factor for me that I almost didn't pick it back up again. What can I say, this book was scary and well… I'm a big chicken. Lol
I did in the end finish it... and was a little bit confused while reading, but I liked the story and the build up for what's to come in the rest of the series.

Our main character Marshall finds himself being haunted by a character he's dreame
Claudia contreras
ok i usually don't write reviews, like ever, but this one deserves it. this is the first scary (or mysterious)book i have ever read that actually made scared of my own freaking room at night. especially in a new house. i was in mom's room, watching an interesting movie at 11:00 at night. the movie was tooootttaly epic, anyway when i was going to my room i swear the dude from the cover was in the middle of the room.
this is the first thing i did when this happen: i yelled "bloody murder"(not re
The book overall was very good. With the suspense and horror the book has brought I'm really excited to read the second one. Okay so you read about this teenager named Marsh and his friend Cooper Foley and it was the last day of school. They were planning to go to this town called Thistletown and it was only Cooper that went. One day he went missing and Marsh went to the town to look for him. Like I said this book is very good and I highly recommend for you guys to read it.
The book The Light, was about a couple people moving into this new house. They believe it's a new house to start a ordinary life, unfortunately they believe it is haunted by the Grim Reaper. Each day of there life in the house begins to get worse, and worse. Each night, a person of the house hold disappears, or soul is removed in front of the other person. When the last three people of the household think their worse when they are under attack in the attic, a swooping angel comes down and smite ...more
My Grade: 76% = C

I found the sequel to this book (The Dark) at the Salvation Armh for 47 cents, so I figured I should read the original first, and I borrowed one from the local inter-library program.

Previously I had read MacHale's Bobby Pendragon (Traveller) Series of ten books and enjoyed them. Each (kinda) took place on a different Territory/Planet.

In this series (Morpheus Road), the main characters appear to be Marshal (Marsh) Seaver (the nerd/dweeb) and his cool best friend Cooper (Coop) Fol
Isabella M.
The Light had me on the edge of my seat from page one. I read every single page in the book (which doesn't happen very often) and I was actually interested in the author's story of himself. This book was VERY plot driven, but something that upsets me is that Marshall made it our of all those events without a single scratch. Come on!!! He should of at least broken a bone. Also, Sydney seemed dimensional. She seemed like any other over exaggerated popular girl who thought she was better ...more
Rollercoaster! This book was a macabre rollercoaster through a week of one boys life. Entertaining and spine chilling, The Light, flung me from one impending and near death experience to the next, never letting me up for breath. Not often does a book leave me chilled, but this one almost had me sleeping with the light on. Read More... ...more
THE LIGHT was written by D. J. MacHale, who also wrote the wonderful sci-fi/fantasy/adventure Pendragon series. This was a really strange book that took me a little bit to get into, but in the end, I really enjoyed it and I'll definitely read the second one when it comes out.

The book is about Marshall ("Marsh") Seaver, a quiet boy with one real friend who lives alone with his father because his mom died. He's planning a wonderful summer vacation, but then two strange things happen: Marsh's best
Crocodile Smile
First off, I hate this cover. I prefer the red and black one with Gravedigger on it. It looks really cool, whereas this one just looks cartoonish.

Anyways, Morpheus Road was a pretty good book, easy writing, kinda creepy.

The plot was kind of repetitive, but pretty good for the reading level. The ending felt way too long, though.

Marsh is a good character, but I would have liked it if they got more into his art, but other than that, he was great. Sydney was interesting, and you felt like you really
Oct 05, 2014 Austin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Austin by: mom
Shelves: already-read
I thought the authors purpose in writing the Morpheus Road The Light, is saying that you are not alone. In the Morpheus Road The Light Marshall is all alone, until he meets Sendy. So they deal with the ghost together. Even though the book was not based on real events, the author made the book sound like a real life mystery. The theme of the Morpheus Road The Light is horror sci/fiction because of the centuries old ghost and weapons that don't exist in real life. The style of the Morpheus Road Th ...more
Sam Urwin
The Light by D.J. MacHale is about a teenage boy named Marshall. Marshall had been a average teen who didn't get bullied, didn't try to make a lot of friends, and didn't talk a lot during classes. Marshall's mom had died in a accident doing research on a pyramid. When she died she had given Marshall a old sphere ball filled with a type of liquid and Marshall had came in his room angry one day and had thrown the sphere ball at the wall and red blood had spilled out of it. When Marshall went to cl ...more
This was a little dark for me. I don't like horror and this definitely had that element. Descriptions and places were very good. I think this would be a great book for a young boy as it is a real adventure, with a lot of twists and turns.

In fact I am going to tell my young customers about this one. It does help to have a good imagination because of some of the descriptive language and I would hope that the ones reading this could see it as well as I did.

It was pretty scary in parts so I think t
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D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies.

He was raised in Greenwich, CT and graduated from Greenwich High School. While in school, he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm, engraving sports trophies and washing dishes in a between playing football and running track. D.J. then attended N
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Other Books in the Series

Morpheus Road (3 books)
  • The Black (Morpheus Road, #2)
  • The Blood (Morpheus Road, #3)
The Merchant of Death (Pendragon, #1) The Lost City of Faar (Pendragon, #2) The Never War (Pendragon, #3) The Pilgrims of Rayne (Pendragon, #8) The Rivers of Zadaa (Pendragon, #6)

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“I stood on the street, staring up at the most normal-looking house in the world. My house. I'd lived there my entire life. It was home. It was safe.
It was haunted.
The only other explanation was that I was demented. I couldn't say which I was rooting for.”
“I was disappointed in Coop. He hated being bored and so did I. He was always looking for different things to do and coming up with new adventures that kept us moving. That was his job. Trolling for girls at the beach was okay by me, but I didn't want it to be our sole focus. Besides, the girls I liked had more interesting things to do than spend every waking moment sitting around at the beach comparing tans.” 7 likes
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