Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J MacHale

Title:  The Light
Author:  D.J. MacHale
Genre:  Young Adult
Publisher:  Aladdin  
Publication Date:  April 2010
ISBN:  978-1-4169-6516-9
Stand alone or series:  Series (Morpheus Road) 
Pages: 352 pages
Book Received from:  Bought
First Lines:  I believe in ghosts.  Simple as that.

Marshall Seaver is being haunted. In the first installment of this chillingly compelling trilogy, sixteen-year-old Marshall discovers that something beyond our world is after him. The eerie clues pile up quickly, and when people start dying, it’s clear whatever this isit’s huge.

Marshall has no idea what’s happening to him, but he’s soon convinced that it has something to do with his best friend Cooper, who’s been missing for over a week. Together with Coop’s sister, Marsh searches for the truth about what happened to his friend, ultimately uncovering something bigger than he could ever have imagined.

My Thoughts
I want to start by saying, this was and wasn't what I expected when I read the synopsis.

Marshall is a bit of a loner.  He does have his best friend Cooper who he's know since they were little but that's it.   Although lately, Marshall's noticed that they've been slowly drifting apart.  While he is happy enough just hanging out and doing his sketches, Cooper seems to be looking for their next biggest adventure.  Girls.

When Cooper gets in major trouble with his folks, they decide to take him up to their lake house to help him sort himself out, leaving Marshall on his own for the summer.  Only two days later he's missing and weird stuff has started happening to Marshall.  At first Marshall convinces himself he is hearing things since his father had to go away on business, leaving Marshall in the house by himself.  But things begin to escalate.

I expected there to be more suspense and spookiness to the story.  Don't get me wrong, it had an air of creepiness but for me it lost some of its creep factor about halfway through the book.

The story line at times seemed scattered and while I did like his writing I did find at times I had to reread a few spots just to make sure I didn't miss something.

While this turned out to be not as good as I expected I am still looking forward to reading The Black, the next book in the series.

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