Thursday, April 16, 2015

Review: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Series: Seeker #1
Pages: 448
Received: Received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley

Release Date: February 10, 2015
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Goodreads Synopsis:

Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’.

Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin's new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her.

My Review:

Wow, this book was truly one of a kind for me, there is so much that happens that it is hard to describe the story, though I will do my best. This was such an action packed book with a lot of world building to really bring readers into everything that is happening.

Quin is taught to believe one thing about her destiny to be a "Seeker", it is a noble position that she works hard to get to, but when she finally passes her tests and becomes one, she learns that not everything is what it may seem to be. I loved following the character of Quin, she has a way about herself that draws the readers into her story, she is someone with a lot of morals and thinks that she has taken on a great job to find out that her whole life has been a lie.

I will say that normally I do not like a book that has so many perspectives, but the way that Arwen Elys Dayton had these different voices coming through really worked for this story. Quin was raised with two other boys, John and Shinobu, both who are very close with her but John is sent back, and slowly we learn more about his past and why he is so intent on becoming a "Seeker". Dayton keeps a lot of things from readers and slowly reveals everything as the story continues, and I believe that the second book Traveler will reveal a lot more of the story.

Though one of the characters is the "evil" one, at the same time I was kind of rooting for him to get what he wanted, especially when I understood his story a little more. Readers find out a lot of the story along with Quin after she has lost her memory and as it slowly comes back that is when the story becomes very interesting. I can truly say that though the beginning of this story may be slow going, you will find yourself immersed and rooting for some unlikely characters.

I want to see how Dayton will continue the story after everything ended, a great book for fans of science fiction/fantasy novels. Dayton knows how to slowly bring readers into the story and then just turn everything around and have the story go in a direction that will surprise you and keep you wanting more.

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