Book Review: Morpheus Road: The Light

The Book:

D.J. MacHale, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pendragon series, has a new adventure for readers in Morpheus Road.

Marshall Seaver is being haunted. In The Light, 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.

The book was released April twentieth, or three days ago.

The Book Trailer:

The Author

D.J. MacHale is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pendragon series. He has written, directed and produced many television series and movies for young people including the cult-favorite TV show ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK. His work has been seen on Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, HBO, Showtime, PBS, Discovery Kids and the broadcast networks. D.J. lives with his family in Southern California.

You can-and should-check out his website at

The Review:

As a Reader:

As a reader I quite enjoyed this book. The voice is that of a modern day teenager, and it’s done well. The story is interesting and it keeps you going from one place to the next. When Marsh is left alone and starts going crazy, you ask the same questions he does: are these things real, or are they just an overactive imagination? When his best friend goes missing, you’re brought with him on a hunt that could just kill him and everyone else involved.

The main character is an interesting guy, partially because in a lot of ways, at the beginning of the book, he’s still childish. He wants to build rockets and launch them over the summer. He wants to play games.

By the end of this book, the character has grown. The ending satisfies but leaves you curious for more. The characters react to the supernatural in realistic ways-more than once asking themselves if they’ve gone insane-and it’s interesting to watch.

As a reader, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a supernatural tale. I wasn’t terrified by the book, but I was interested in the development of both the supernatural and the natural story.

As a Writer:

As a writer I’m always noticing little things that other people wouldn’t-many of which I never used to notice. I read a paragraph and think that I would’ve worded one of the sentences differently. I read important moments and wonder how they would work if written another way.

As a writer, I was able to enjoy this book and look past the literary choices I felt were mistakes for the story. I think the book was overall pretty well written. No book is perfect.

The Giveaway:

This is, I think, the best part of this post. All of you have a chance to win a copy of Morpheus Road, as well as the first five books of the Pendragon series.

In order to win, simply comment on this post and tell me why you want to win the book. You MUST also leave your name and an email address at which I can contact you in your comment.

Multiple comments do not mean multiple entries. You can get another entry by:

~Following me on Twitter, @diannalgunn, and tweeting about this giveaway
~Blogging about this giveaway and giving me a link to the blog post

This competition will end on Friday, May 14th. At some point I will also be posting a Q&A with D.J. MacHale. If timing allows, that will be another opportunity for you to win these books.

Competition has ended.


About Dianna Gunn

I am a freelance writer by day and a fantasy author by night. My first YA fantasy novella, Keeper of the Dawn, is available now through The Book Smugglers Publishing.

Posted on January 5, 2011, in Book Reviews, Reading Related. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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