Release Date: April 20, 2010 (Today!)
Pages: 344 (ARC)
Publisher: AladdinMost Appropriate For Ages: 10+
Where I Got It: From publisher
Marshall Seaver is being haunted.
It begins with mysterious sounds, a fleeting face outside a window--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 is quickly convinced these strange incidents have something to do with his best friend, Cooper, who has gone missing. Together with Cooper's beautiful but aloof sister, Sydney, Marshall searches for the truth about his friend while ultimately uncovering a nightmare that is bigger and more frightening than he ever could have imagined.
The Light can be rather slow at times, but overall was decent.
I personally wasn't scared at all. I guess everything that happened to Marsh was too far-fetched for me to be afraid of. The plot did drag along at some points too. I thought that the book could've been shorter, and that maybe more questions could have been answered earlier in the book. However, the plot was interesting and left me guessing.
I kind of connected with the characters. I did like Marsh and could feel for him, as well as Sydney. But I never really loved them. I did want the two characters to develop feelings for each other, but there was hardly any romance in The Light.
The writing was OK. Marsh's narration was amusing, but other than that I found it to be lacking. For a bestselling author I felt like D.J. Machale could have been more descriptive. He's a good storyteller, though.
So I didn't love The Light, but I didn't dislike it either. It was enjoyable, and I think that fans of teen horror would agree.
And check out the awesome trailer for The Light: