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Review: ‘Seeker’ by Arwen Elys Dayton

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Seeker’ by Arwen Elys DaytonSeeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
Series: Seeker #1
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on February 10th, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
two-stars
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.

About Arwen Elys Dayton

Arwen Elys Dayton is hard at work on the SEEKER series, a grand YA story for Random House.

Arwen began her career as a teenage staff writer at a foundation that produced Peabody Award-winning educational shows for PBS. Soon afterward, she began writing screenplays and novels, including Sovereign’s Hold and Resurrection, the #1 Amazon bestseller in Sci-Fi in both the US and the UK.

She spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid (which she explored by flashlight when researching Resurrection), Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland. She enjoys creating complete worlds inhabited by characters who charm, frustrate or inspire.

Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States.

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review

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DNFing it halfway through, but I decided to just finish the rest because I already read most of it.

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First thing that I noticed was the world it was set in. The world is mash-up of the future and science fiction in a medieval like setting until you get to the middle part where you’re not in Scotland anymore but in Hong Kong. I just didn’t know if it was because they were in rural Scotland or if it was done on purpose. So I was pretty confused when they would have these complicated weapons and they lived in such small homes with very little electricity. There are also several points of views and once you get used to it then it gets easier. Also the second half of the book is where all the action and “story” is. I kind of felt that the first half could be skipped, because it would have been loads better if we were lost just like Quin is when she loses her memory. It would have been interesting, it would have pulled the reader in.

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Another thing I noticed about the writing style, it’s all about the telling. The character does this, the character does that. There’s hardly any thoughts or emotions the character goes through. And there’s no story or plot. I thought it was all about becoming a Seeker and then after that was over in the first few chapters, nothing sort of happened. We only get pieces of what a Seeker is and I only assumed they were assassins but I can’t even tell because I got no clear cut explanation.

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This also reminded me of Cloud Atlas where there was no story-line, just characters living their daily lives. I don’t think the first half of the book really sets up anything at all, just makes you know things the characters don’t. Seeker had potential, but I wasn’t a fan. I wanted the story to start from the get-go, but it didn’t.


quotes

When you love, you open yourself to a dagger. When you love deeply, you have thrust the dagger into your own heart. (18)
There will be many things that try to pull you from the path. Hatred is one and love is another. (90)
They have tried to make us nothing. They will only be happy when we’re nothing. (175)
I don’t think I’m even a person anymore. I’m a ghost eating to die.
I feel the same. Except maybe I’m a ghost waiting to live. (263)
You’re the monster. And I’m through with you. (413)

reading progress

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rating

2/5

two-stars

4 Comments

  1. K

    March 7, 2015 at 4:42 AM

    I was so excited when I got this to review but I’ve read so many negative reviews! I read the first few pages and I also thought it was set in a medieval time, it’s weird that it’s actually set in the future? :/ Great review!

    • giselle

      March 8, 2015 at 7:58 PM

      I was excited too even though they had negative reviews. I think the first part of the book should be eliminated.. The second half is finally where it comes together. I think it’s both because the first part is set in rural Scotland..

  2. Joycedale Chapman

    March 5, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    I haven’t read this but I’m actually glad to see that not everyone is in love with it.

    • giselle

      March 8, 2015 at 7:59 PM

      Yeah it was probably one of the slowest books I’ve read from a YA book. Sometimes adult books are like this

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