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.
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Expected publication: February 10th 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
***I received an ARC from Delacorte Books for Young Readers through NetGalley for an honest review.***
Let me start out by saying that I love children/teen/young adult books. I was very excited to be given the opportunity to review a new book for young readers. So, before I ever cracked the proverbial page, I wanted to like this book.
The world created by Ms. Dayton is confusing though. In Scotland, I felt that we were in in a past time, a simpler time. No one had a cell phone and magic prevailed. A magic that no one but a Seeker could wield. To me the cities of Hong Kong and London flipped from present to future and left me slightly confused. While this may have been the intent of the author, I found it a bit disconcerting. Younger readers may be able to go with that flow, but I would have preferred a futuristic past. One where cities have been devastated and rebuilt. Perhaps with varying standards. The other troubling issue is that the true purpose of the Seeker, their originations are unclear. While this information may be withheld for the next book, it would have been nice to have had hints dropped here and there.
I found the story being told in different points of view an interesting way to tell the story giving us a peek into the minds of Quin, John, Shinobu and the Young Dread. While Quin is the apparent heroine, the center of a love triangle, she fell flat for me. Before taking her oath she reveres yet is frightened of her father and at the end of her room with her drunken mother. Never once in the early teen years did she ever wonder why her mother drank. I found it as well as her relationship with her father, hard to believe.
The love triangle between the three teenagers is filled with posturing and falls flat for me to want Quin to be with either John or Shinobu. Actually, I found it more akin to an abusive relationship than anything else. Shinobu self medicated with drugs, something we see in abused individuals or those who have lived through, or participated in horrific experiences. John. Well John made me feel sorry for him at first, but then I wanted to smack the boy and tell him to grow up. While his quest was a noble one, you’d think someone would have said you’re going about it the wrong way. Stop being an idiot. Maybe someone will do so in the next installment.
However, the story does flow quickly and I believe it will be a hit with its targeted audience. The action scenes played out in my mind and I envisioned using the disruptor on the very bad driver ahead of me. An easy read. I would purchase this book for an avid, young reader.
*** I received an ARC from Delacorte Books for Young Readers through NetGalley for an honest review. Expected publication date: 2/10/2015 ***
My feelings towards this book are all over the place, and unlike many, I did actually finish the book. I was intrigued by the premiss of it and thought that it would be a great ride to be on, but that ride ended up being drawn out and jumbled. The very beginning starts of at a great pace, then it slows down, especially because this story is told from four separate POV’s, and I found myself mired in a lot of unknowns: What is a Seeker? We get a vague definition but not the true purpose of the Seeker, but not what that person’s true purpose is. Who are they protecting and how are they supposed to do it? The world is a mish mash of eras. Scotland feels like it’s back in feudal times. Hong Kong, though touted as futuristic feels more like present day and London has a futuristic feel to it. There isn’t a cohesive feel to it at all.
I couldn’t really connect with Quin, John or Shinobu and the only one that really interested me was the Young Dread. Quin is the idealistic girl who wants to do good but when she finds out what being a Seeker is she wants to escape but can’t due to her oath and when she is finally given a choice she chooses to forget. Shinobu is another idealist who follows a similar path as Quin but instead of a full mental wipe he chooses to self medicate to forget. John is trying to do right by his family but constantly goes about it in the wrong way. Of the three I did feel for what he had been though, but soon found myself rolling my eyes at what he was doing to make things “right” because it was the same approach over and over, and it never yielded what he wanted, in fact it went against what he said he wanted. The Young Dread was the only one that had a any depth of character and whose purpose in the world had any solid ground to stand on.
The Quin/John/Shinobu love triangle. Some may find it distressing, but it didn’t move me. Quin is pretty oblivious to it and while there is posturing between John and Shinobu, that’s all it is throughout most of the book.
There is potential for this series to take off, but it just isn’t for me.