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Meridian (Arclight #2)

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Marina thought that she had solved all of the Arclight’s mysteries. She had found her own history—that she was one of the Fade, that she never should have been human. She knows that the Fade who surround the Arclight don’t want to be the humans' enemies at all. She knows that the leader of those inside the Arc, Honoria Whit, never told the whole truth. But there is so much ...more
Hardcover, 458 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Greenwillow Books (first published April 22nd 2014)
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Moriah It looks like she'll be writing two more: one all focused on honoria and the last one finishing up marina's story starting where the second book left…moreIt looks like she'll be writing two more: one all focused on honoria and the last one finishing up marina's story starting where the second book left off.(less)

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Debby
1 star

When I read Arclight last year, I enjoyed it immensely. I'll be the first to admit it was one of my favorite debuts of the year. The writing was vivid and beautiful, and the story was unique and haunting. However, almost a year later, my interest in the series has sadly waned. Meridian definitely did not live up to its prequel.

First off, I will say in all fairness that I could hardly remember anything that happened in Arclight. And yes, my memory is not the best, but it was truly a unique
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars
Meridian resumes where Arclight left of, with a newly established, fragile peace between humans and Fade and with Marina right in the middle of things as an ambassador of sorts. However, it is a weaker book than its predecessor, somewhat aimless and heavily burdened by the infamous middle book syndrome.

Meridian’s biggest flaw is that it doesn’t have a clear story arc. It’s a series of fast-paced events that can (and often do) become extremely confusing. However, even with all those ran
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Steph Sinclair
SO DISAPPOINTED! I loved Arclight and couldn't wait to read this, but it let me down big time. Biggest issue: it wasn't very exciting for me. I don't know if I was just in one of those reading slump moods, or if it was Meridian, but something wasn't working out. Everything moved so slowly and I found myself losing interest as the book went on. Quite a few times, I almost DNF'd just to spare myself, but I was really curious about the ending and if Marina would end up with the guy I shipped her wi ...more
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
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See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher via Edelweiss.

1.5 stars.

Though not a solid novel, Arclight was pretty fun (and shinyyyyyyyyy) and I had no qualms with staying for the sequel. Then I actually read the sequel and whoo boy, now I wish I hadn't. If you really, truly loved Arclight and believe Meridian can't possibly do you any wrong, you might be okay, but anyone below that level might be in trouble.

The first lackluster addition to the novel
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Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
Yay for a sequel!!! While one of the reasons I loved ARCLIGHT was for being a stand-alone, I'm definitely looking forward to exploring the world more. What else hides in the Dark? *shiver* Can't wait! XD
Brad Sells
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This series is one of the best dystopian/post-apocalytpic series out there, and Meridian did not disappoint whatsoever. Gahh! So good!

Look for my full review in April!
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Resuming where Arclight left off, Mmeridian is the second in the series and ambles slowly through most of the plot until finally a conflict and then ending. Without resolving much at the end, a lot of the book feels padded in order to draw out the only reveal. It makes for a chore to go through the inert first half and then drawn out battles of the second. Logic/science improbabilities do continue to plague the series an
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Shelley
**I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Dystopian
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

As the sequel to Arclight, Meridian reveals dark secrets of the past, more information on the Arclight's elders including Honoria, Lutrell, Mr. Pace, Lt. Sykes, and Dr. Wolff, new challenges/darkness for the future to come, and a twisted courtship between two men who are chasing after the
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Kelley
Meridian was a toss-up for me, from the beginning. I enjoyed Arclight, but its negatives were the kinds of issues that made me wonder how successful a sequel would be. Nevertheless, when I heard that there would be a sequel, and when I saw it up for grabs on Edelweiss, I couldn't stop myself from checking it out.

Unfortunately, Meridian missed the mark for me, on many levels.

- The dual narrative seemed completely unnecessary and was often confusing. This is a case where I couldn't understand why
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Genevieve Gomez
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
A series now? ARCLIGHT was very confusing, hopefully this book is better than the last.
Jon
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Meridian is the sequel to Arclight and I truly didn't know what to expect from this book by any means. When I had initially read Arclight, I had thought that it was a stand-alone and I was happy to hear that it was the first book in a trilogy. After reading Meridian, I can't help but think that maybe Arclight would've worked better as a stand-alone because Meridian is extremely disappointing. Meridian is way too slow-paced and this book
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Jake
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overall, I've enjoyed the Arclight book series immensely. I love the concepts of the struggle between the light and dark, and the world lost after the Fade took over. I thought that McQuien did a great job with Marina's inner struggles of trying to figure out who she was inside. The struggles with having to choose between Tobin and Rue along with unraveling the secrets of the world outside the light. In my opinion, the ending left something to be desired, it seemed like the final conflict betwee ...more
Melanie
Meridian is the sequel to Arclight and it takes off a few months after the events in Arclight. The story is told from two point of views Tobin and Marina's.

The love trainable between Marina, Tobin, and Rue is ridiculous. There is no connection between any of them. There are small moments between Tobin and Marina where they will kiss or say or do something sweet, but these moments are very rare. Rue is only around Marina because Cherish is still a part of her. Rue felt more like a good friend tha
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Coranne
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This series! It is so creepy and so awesome! I loved how the world in Median has expanded and we get to go outside of the Grey, outside of the Dark, and even farther! We get a better idea of the history of how everything happened and are taken on an awesome (and scary!) adventure.

I have to say, I love Marina and who she is as a character. I am NOT a fan of reading about Marina and Tobin from dual narratives. I guess in general I must not like them, because it was a point of the book that I simpl
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Desini Snyder
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
the first one was better.
Lindsey
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I liked it. I hope there is another book in this series.
Kevin
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Eh.

Somewhere between 2.5 and 3 stars.

Second book syndrome. Plus other issues. I'm quite disappointed right now.

Review to come.
Andrew
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
To much switch between the two main characters, they are both in first person, and in the same place at the same time, so the switching back and forth is way too confusing.
Lisa
Nov 04, 2013 added it
No, just no. It was a chore getting through the first one.BORING, just totally detached. Maybe the author stepped it up in this one.
david
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it
The story about Marina continues...

Again, I am fascinated by Josin's vision of a nano-society...Like Arclight, I liked this one, too.
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An ARC of this novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

I'm just going to be upfront and say that if it's been awhile since you read Arclight , you're going to want to re-read it prior to picking up this sequel. Or listen to the audio like I did. Tara Sands is a solid narrator, and I enjoyed my re-listen as much as I enjoyed reading the novel the first time. Also, I feel like I should mention that this is now a s
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Sabina
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

First of all, I'd just like to state that I got this book free from Harper Teen from a giveaway in exchange for my honest review. Here it is.

Let me start by establishing that I thought the first book was pretty good. It was a solid introductory book to the duology and I felt like the author could really go to some amazing places with that base established. That being said, I felt like the second book was just not as good as the first. I mean, it was filled with adventure
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Zoë Danielle
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had been reading Meridan by Josin L. McQuein since pretty much the time I finished the first book in the duology, Arclight, which I reviewed in May, and it took me until the end of July to finish. I loved Arclight, which is about a girl, Marina, who can't remember her past but lives in the Arclight, having been rescued from the Dark and is now surrounded by bright lights to keep out the Fade--who were trying to get her back. I won't share the plot of Merdian to avoid spoilers, but I will tell ...more
Hayley Jones
Feb 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Reviewed for Memoirs of Midnight, a YA book review site.

www.hayleyjones88.wix.com/memoirsofmi...


This book had much the same strengths and weaknesses as its predecessor. McQuein writes the Fade really well and even the big, bad new enemy; the Darkness, comes across haunting and creepy BUT the action sequences are confusing as hell and I find the whole story hard to follow.

The book starts where Arclight left off, with Marina desperately convincing herself that she made the right choice; staying wi
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Elise Hedlund
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The concept, plot, and characters were all exceptional. I didn't realize it was a sequel, so I will definitely go back and read the first book, but I still thought it was very good. I absolutely loved getting to know the characters, but many of the intense scenes weren't as gripping as I had hoped. Overall, though, it was an entertaining, fun read.
Kittie
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Such a disappointing end. No real resolution to anything. Especially the Cherish/Marina conflict. Ending felt like a lead in to a third book, without the third book.
Ellen
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I have no idea what just happened
Aleigh
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Juuusst wondering where book 3 is?! I thought this was a duology... but this did not end like that... I need book 3?!?!
Marie
A quick heads-up: Meridian is the sequel to Arclight, and there may be slight spoilers for Arclight in the review below.

When Meridian opens, the Arclight community is relatively stable. Folks are back to somewhat regular routines. Anne-Marie is now a teacher, Tobin is a perimeter guard, and Marina works in the Arbor. Everyone knows now what Marina was, and what she is now, and most are ok with it. At least they tolerate her. And Marina is discovering that she may not have been 100% "cured" anywa
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