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Review: Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J. MacHale

Title: Morpheus Road: The Light

Author: D.J. MacHale

Genre: YA Horror

Publication Date: April 20, 2010

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1416965165 (Aladdin)

ISBN-13: 978-1416965169 (Aladdin)

Synopsis (Goodreads):

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 is – it’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.

Quick & Dirty: A highly entertaining read that is sure to give you nightmares.

Opening Sentence: I believe in ghosts.

Excerpt: Prologue

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 is a ladies man and is always looking for trouble. Marshall is really looking forward to spending the summer with his best friend, but Cooper’s parents decides that he needs to get away from his troubles so Cooper goes to his family’s cottage.

Marshall creates his own comic book character, the Gravedigger. He begins to have hallucinations and starts to question what’s real. He starts to see the character that he created – Gravedigger and believes that Gravedigger is stalking him. To make matters worse, Marshall discovers that Cooper has gone missing, so he teams up with Cooper’s sister, Sydney, to help get to the bottom of the mystery.

Morpheus Road: The Light is an interesting story that deals with many themes, such as identity and growing up. This engaging tale certainly has its share of creepy and scary moments. Mr. MacHale is an excellent writer.  He does an amazing job building tension. The secondary characters and villains are well crafted, interesting, and unique. The plot is surprisingly complex, with numerous subplots, but this in no way detracts from my enjoyment of the novel. Mr. MacHale disdains cliches and creates multidimensional characters in both Marshall and Sydney, who grow over the course of his book.

Overall, Morpheus Road: The Light is a good read. Mr. MacHale delivers some great twists and lots of suspense. Readers will be chomping at the bit to see what happens in the next installment.

Notable Scene:

I heard more than saw what happened behind me. The heavy stack of glass hit the floor and exploded. Bits of glass flew everywhere, filling the air with a storm of sharp, shiny fragments. I glanced back in time to see a wave of broken glass headed my way. I ducked quickly and covered my face before I got sliced. I felt the sting through my clothes as I was pelted by the glass, but I didn’t dare budge. After a couple of seconds I cautiously peeked over my arm to see the carnage.  The four climbing ropes were hanging straight down, swinging gently, no longer animated.

You can visit D.J. around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

FTC Advisory: Big Honcho Media provided me with a copy of Morpheus Road: The Light.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.


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