Sunday, November 8, 2015

Teen review: Horror

The Light
by D.J. MacHale
Horror / Mystery
Series: Morpheus Road
Reading Level: High School

Reviewed by R.M.


Marshall Seaver and Cooper Foley were best friends. They were both living ordinary high school lives until something happened. Cooper goes missing when he goes to the Foleys’ lake house, and Marshall starts seeing things he shouldn’t see. While Marshall is being hunted, he follows his gut instinct that finding Cooper would solve his problems. Joined by Cooper’s sister, Sydney, Marshall embarks on an investigation to find his best friend and bring closure to what’s happening.


As a reader, this book kept me from sleeping peacefully for at least one night. My imagination was really worked up by the events in this book. The book also deals a lot with life and death and beyond, which gives new meaning to what life really means in this series. Because of this, the book brings characters that come from different times and eras, which gives the story a transcendent feel.

What I liked about the whole series is that almost everyone could connect with at least one of the characters, since all of them are unique. One thing that I didn’t like about the storyline is that it reuses concepts of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, just renaming them something else.

The other thing about this book is that there aren't a lot of plot twists. But despite that absence, the series still keeps readers at the edge of their seats.

I also see the series as some kind of a hybrid, because the first two books happen in the same setting, but from different perspectives. But what makes it special is that only the first book is truly a horror book. The rest of the books are more general fiction. This is because the second book explains a different side of the story in the first. This makes a reader appreciate the power of their own imagination, causing them to fear the unknown, only to feel secure after satisfying their curiosity.

Rating: 4.25

Editor's note: We have the entire trilogy available for check-out at BPL.

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