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The Light (Morpheus Road #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,787 Ratings  ·  376 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 tormented by this forbidding creature, but he
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Aladdin (first published April 1st 2010)
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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
Apr 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alicia O'Carrick
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
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Halley Hopson
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Finished my second book of Booktube-a-thon 2016! This one fit the challenge of read a book by one of your favorite authors.

I enjoyed this so much more than I expected to. It was much creepier than I had anticipated; very disturbing at times, with a good amount of suspense and action. I loved the use of illusions and the struggle Marshall had trying to constantly decide what was real and not real.

Marshall is honestly a great character; sarcastic, a little snarky, but genuinely a good guy with a
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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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
May 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Zane H
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book because this is a scary book. I also love it because I could visualize everything that happened in the book. The book was so amazing that I wanted to buy the book. I want the book really bad and I hope others want this book. The book is also as scary as Freddy Kruger. This book was like a quick read, like I mean fast
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Oct 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joey Gotti
This book is very good. it starts off with a nice/happy feeling, but changes when a teenage boy goes missing. his friend Marshall goes looking for him and encounters some kind of spirit. He finds his friend, but also finds out his friend had died.

I liked this book because of the scary/horror feel to it. Like when Gravedigger is chasing after him, the feeling is tense, and you don't know if he's going to make it
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pranta Ghosh Dastider
Morpheus Road The light is a book of horror.

Can a book that starts slow make you excited by the end?

Surely it can. First book of Morpheus Road Trilogy, The Light is a perfect example for that. When I started this book about 10-15% in I was very much bored. Nothing much happened since then. But when it took off it rolled like a corkscrew and moved like a roller-coaster.

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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
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
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
سه و نیم!...میخواستم چهار بدم ولی نتونستم خودمو راضی کنم:-"
من زیاد تو کتابا و ژانر ترسناک تجربه ندارم و ترسناک ترین سریالی/فیلم هم که دیدم سوپرنترال بوده..برای کتاب هم فقط چند جلد از کتابای ار.ال.استاین رو خوندم!
ولی میتونم بگم داستان زیاد ترسناک نبود؟!؟..من انتظار ترسناک تر داشتم!...اما خوب بود...خوشم اومد!خصوصا اون چندتا چپتر اخر خیلی باحال شد...یعنی خوشم میاد دی.جی مک هیل همیشششهههههه اصل کاری ها رو میزاره اخر بعد کتاب تموم میشه ادم نمیدونه چیکار کنه://///بره تو شوک؟..دوباره اون تیکه رو بخونه؟
Violet Nightfall
Quando ho comprato questo libro (durante la settimana di sconti indetta dalla Newton) mi aspettavo di trovarmi dinnanzi al solito libretto horror per ragazzi, qualcosa di scontato ma piacevole da leggere, un po' alla "piccoli brividi" di R. L. Stine. Devo dire invece che mi ha sorpresa... in ogni modo possibile, fino al finale che ti lascia col fiato sospeso. Unica pecca? La Newton non ha pubblicato i successivi della serie ed è una cosa che mi manda in bestia... come si fa a iniziare una serie ...more
Apr 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
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.
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
I am not one for the horror genre or ghost stories in general. But this title was absolutely incredible. It was fast-paced, with creepy to down right scary moments that keep you glued to the story. And not only that, the characters were vivid and very likable. I am anxious to find out what happens next.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was amazing thrilling an gripping i could not put it down
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book!
Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
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A good book, a young adult horror story
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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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“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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