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The Black (Morpheus Road #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,342 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
At the end of The Light, Book One of the Morpheus Road trilogy, Marshall learned the truth about what happened to his best friend Cooper. Now in Book Two, the POV switches to Cooper and we get to see his side of the mystery. What does his story have to do with Marshall and the journey along the Morpheus Road? It's time to learn more . . .
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Aladdin
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This is such a cool book!

The Black is the first book, The Light, but in Cooper Foley's perspective. It takes all those question marks and blank spaces and fills it with Cooper experiences. We get to see the how's of what really happened to him as well as find out his link to Gravedigger, meet new important characters and continue on with the mysteries down the Morpheus Road.
I loved the way this was written since I've always been curious as to what really happened behind Coopers character, so it
Pranta Ghosh Dastider
I am not sure if I am going to write a full review of this one. The story felt dragged at many places. Characters like Grandpa or Maggie still feels less needed. Last half of the book was much better but that doesn't make up completely for the first half.

It was a 3.5 for me. No more no less. Mysteries were revealed and things gone from bad to worse. I am reading the final book with much hope. Lets see.
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Didn't like this one a much as the first one, was expecting more scary but received more explination hopefully the last book in the series returns with a bang.
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Filled in the gaps.

This answered a lot of questions from book 1. Glad I persisted and read it. Now I'm ready for book 3 to see how this all wraps up. The author has done a nice job with this story.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book and almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes. I am so glad I didn't! I won't spoil it but when I saw what he was doing with the story of this book I though to myself, no way am I going to stick around for that... I am so gad I did. He pulled off beautifully what seems to me a tactic that could have easily turned out lame. Loved it!
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My 12 year old son and I love this series! He was so excited to move on to book 3! He said "YEAH! Now "The Blood"! The only thing I didn't like about this book was a lot of it was a retelling of book 1 but in another view. However the rest of the book was great!
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread
I remember reading this book back in high school, and I also remember having a few complaints about the book, but I don't remember what they were.
I need to reread this book.
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
This is simply horrible. It's horrific. I can't even describe how horrible it is. English doesn't have enough words for me to do so. I guess I could add in some Spanish, Latin, and a touch of German (angry Germans sound so cool) but I can't be bothered.

First and foremost, this book is nothing new. This is actually book one from the PoV of Cooper. Nothing is new. Well, almost nothing. You know all the boring bits authors cut out because they're really boring and the reader is smart enough to put
Osahon O
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Osahon Obanor Period Three
English Language Arts October 25th, 2011

Morpheus Road #2 – The Black

It started when seventeen year old, Sydney Foley, defiantly went against her parent’s will and got a tattoo during the summer. Her parents threatened her by not paying for her college tuition, but Sydney was tired of being told what to do; even though she was the most popular girl at her school, so she did it anyways. Unfortunately, the tattoo became infected, probably because the creep that did the en
Feb 19, 2011 rated it liked it
It's D.J.MacHale. Do not expect a classic or a masterpiece. But, maybe, expect some fun. Also, don't judge me for my occasionally juvenile shelf.

I do like this book considerably more than the first. Marsh was never the interesting part of the story, and it was a push to pretend he was. Cooper is the more dynamic character, on the side that acts, in a world that's unfamiliar. Granted, all of MacHale's lead characters narrate and act pretty similarly, but you take what you can get. It's an easy, q
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
D. J. MacHale definitely took a twist to this series. Instead of having the second book continue Marsh's story, we get the same story, but from Cooper's point of view. This could have gone either really wrong or been very cool. Fortunately, it went more towards the cool side.

It was really interesting to hear Cooper's side of the story. It explained things that were left unexplained in The Light. I think, of the two characters, Cooper had the more exciting story. Which is understandable, given t
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I've been reading MacHale's book since I was in my early teens with the Pendragon Adventures and now that I'm an adult, my mind is still blown by this authors cinematic style of writing. Its just so easy to get into.
The Black picks up right from the beginning of The Light; Cooper Foley is now dead and finds himself in a spirit world called The Black. Everything in the Black is pretty much like at home, except with people who have already died and haven't quiet moved on. Cooper meets his grandfat
Reading Teen
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I last read a D.J. Machale book. The last one I read (Morpheus Road, The Light) was awesome and is on my favorites list. You can see my review if you click the handy little link over this word.

I've said it many times before. If you haven't read something by a certain author in a while, you forget just how good they are. I read the Pendragon series a few years ago. Those books are great. But, it's been a while since I've read them and, being now thirteen, I've grown as a r
Megumi Okaya
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
The second installment of D.J. MacHale's Morpheus Road trilogy is mainly seen through Cooper Foley's perspective, going back to the events even before his accident in the lake, when he passed on and lived in The Black, and up to the moment when he (view spoiler)

Surprisingly, this book was much better than its predecessor, and it never crossed my mind that I would
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog:

First thing's first: I love it when I can read a sequel out of order and not feel as though I'm missing most of the story by not having read the first book. THAT'S what will make me want to go out and buy the previous one, and, in this respect, The Black did not disappoint at all.

FIRST SENTENCE: This isn't what I expected death to be like.

Cooper Foley is dead. We know this because he tells us so right from the start. W
Joshua Kubiak
Morpheus Road the Black
By D.J. McHale
April 2011
In this story a young boy named Cooper Foley and he is the main character who is always getting into trouble and is now….. Dead. The boy is in a world beyond ours called The Black. He is being torn between the decision to open a portal to the real world or protect it from evil. The setting takes place in the world of decision between going down or to heaven. This is where he meets an evil spirit that is trying to make him do very bad
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the second volume in the Morpheus Road trilogy. The first one, The Light, is told from the POV of Marshall Seaver. In this one, the POV is that of his best friend, Cooper Foley, who is dead but still quite active.

In fact, The Black covers the same time span and rough events as The Light. When I first discovered this, I was a bit disappointed- why go over the same stuff twice? Turns out that Cooper’s story- which was behind the scenes in The Light- was very different from Marshall’s.

M.C. Crocker
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Entering into The Black I knew that this was in some ways a retelling of the first book only from the perspective of Cooper. As D.J. MacHale says in his foreword, he always wanted to explore the reasons why the dead when communicating with the living were always cryptic rather than spelling out clear messages. He said it was a fact that always bothered him despite how good of a plot device it was, such that he himself used it. In the end D.J. did a wonderful job. He gave an interesting sight int ...more
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved The Black. I liked that you got to see Cooper's perspective on everything that happened in The Light. It explained a lot of the questions I had about some of the more supernatural aspects of the two books. I like the difference in the characters, and the way the story was narrated because of that. Cooper has more of go big or go home attitude about his existence whereas Marsh is more conservative and likes to have a plan. It changed the way I viewed some of the more important ...more
The Black is the second installment in the Morpheus Road series which tells Cooper Foley's story. This book answers many of the questions from the first book and gives more insight into the realm called the Black. Once again I chose the audiobook version of this series which is performed by Nick Podehl. I enjoyed the Black but not quite as much as the first book. This book seemed to drag a bit perhaps because many of the events had already taken place in the first book but were now being told fr ...more
Nathan Stringham
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading the first book in this series, I had high hopes for this one, however, I did not expect it would be even better than the first one. This novel, like the first, had many great aspects to it with very few drawbacks, though unlike the first, also had even more new types of material I had not seen that I felt was just overall better. This is my reasoning for giving it a high four-star rating. This book in the series goes very in depth with the afterlife and the journies Cooper faces th ...more
Connor Ryan
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Peter Heinrich
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Peter by: Debby Allen
I wasn't going to continue with this series, but took a chance on the second book based on a recommendation.

I'm glad I did; this one fills in a coffin-load of details and provides a completely new perspective on the story. Literally—this is essentially the same story told from a different perspective. I don't know if this is supposed to be MacHale's Alexandria Quartet (for kids), but the format worked on me. With understanding comes appreciation, and knowing just what was meant by the Light, Bla
May 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is told from the POV of Cooper. It reiterates over events from the light, seen whats happening behind the curtains.

I didn't think this book was as good as the first, even though this book has higher rating. That doesn't mean I disliked the book, just i thought the first had better suspense.

I liked the idea of the afterlife/black/purgatory concepts before moving further along the Morpheus road. Also liked the idea of visions. I couldn't understand coopers want/desire to return to the
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely love this book! At the end of The Light, there is a preview to this book and when I read it I thought, "No! I don't want to read the same story from Cooper's perspective! That's going to be so boring!" Anything but. I actually love this book so much more than The Light.

DJ MacHale is one of the most creative authors I've ever read from - the way he writes makes you feel like you are there with the characters, and I became so attached to Cooper, and especially his new friend Maggie.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is #2 in The Morpheous Road series.

I listened to this one and the narrator was very good and I think I understood this one more than the first one. I even enjoyed it a lot more than the first one. Maybe because I understood more about what was going on.

My only wish would have been to read them closer together. I had forgot some of the things that happened in the first one. Even though he did tie everything together very nicely, I would have liked to see the parallel as it was happening mo
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dropped
It did not live up to my expectations.

I had chosen this as my audiobook for a long car ride, and I was disappointed.

All in all, I found that everything happening didn't seem to have a culminating point. I only got so far before I decided to drop it. The idea sounded good. The paranormal elements, the setting, and the mysteries of the story I feel would have been great... except they weren't, because I got bored.

I felt like plot was stuck in between the opening and the major conflicts. Things be
Alicia Dempsey
Oct 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Finished this book last week. I will admit, it took me quite a while to get into it and finish it. I had been so excited to read this one too...The previous book, The Light was really a fun read. I love the author, and I had been expecting this to be just as good. However, it felt like the dragged a bit. This is the same story as The Light but told from Cooper's point of view. Don't worry, you really don't get many of the same events replayed. Just the ones Cooper was involved in. It is mostly h ...more
Debby Allen
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good supernatural thrillers without resorting to vampires or werewolves. The Light was, well, light. It read well but felt a little 'been there, read that.'. But good enough to continue on to the Black, which started out as more of the same and quickly overcame itself. The rules for the Black are well thought out, and work with the story. I wavered on the Blood, almost gave it three stars but decided to not torpedo it for one failing, however big, huge, really really bad. Except for that, a sati ...more
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Morpheus Road The Light is definitely better than the first book. In this book, Cooper Foley is killed by Damon's illusions. He is then sent to "the black" where he meets Damon. Damon wants Cooper to find golden orbs so he can come back to life. Damon also promised to give Cooper his life back. But then, Cooper finds his best friends dead mom and she explains that if he gets Damon the golden orbs, then Damon will destroy "the black". Now Cooper has to choose between getting his life back or neve ...more
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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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“Damon Scares me,' Maggie said. 'Maybe you should do what he wants.'
'Why not?'
'Because he killed me. That kind of pisses me off”
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