Series: Seeker #1
Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Published: February 10, 2015 by Delacorte Press (Random House)
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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.
*** I received an advance copy of this book from the published (Thanks Random House!) via Netgalley for an honest view in return. This fact has not affected my opinion. ***
I have many thoughts about this book. Some good, some bad, but my thoughts are mainly favorable. Seeker is an interesting and unique book that is like nothing I have read before. It was packed with action, had a really unique world, and characters that were all incredibly dubious.
My one major takeaway from this book, is that it is an investment. As the first book in a series it weighs in at an impressive 448 pages and at times it did feel long, and not necessarily because of the pacing. The general pacing of the plot moved at a rapid speed. The book is told from four different perspectives, a concept I usually do not enjoy. And here sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. There seem's to be a sweet spot when it comes this type of narrative style; too long and I get bored, too short and I don't connect. In Seeker, most of the time we would have short chapters from each person's perspective before it would quickly jump to the next person. During the first half of the book, especially at the very beginning when everyone was in the same place, I was feeling like the different perspectives were unnecessary but they were still interesting. Then as the plot developed it became necessary. Even then the short chapters did not often provide enough information or time to connect with that person's narrative. If I was able to spend a little more time with each character, seeing the book from their eyes, I may have enjoyed things a little bit more.
As far as the plot of the book goes, it really sort of felt like two different stories to me. There was the first half that was a lot of exposition. I can see why a lot of people would DNF the book in the beginning. The first section really just attempts to establish the story but intentionally doesn't reveal a lot of information. It can be kind of frustrating. But as much as I hate that about first books for me it kind of worked here. It definitely succeeded in making me want to know more. Then when the story shifted completely and that suspense continued along with a more captivating plot. On the whole the plot of Seeker was action-packed and full of adventure. Even though it was long it never really dragged. It captivated and interested me from beginning to end with the complex look at good and evil, thrilling action scenes, and tons of mystery.
On the whole I really enjoyed Seeker. It wasn't perfect but it was incredibly entertaining. I'm interested to see where the story goes from here.
Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Borrow. Fans of Dystopia and Science Fantasy should check this book out. It reminded me a little bit of The Maze Runner in that the world is left intentionally confusing and things move at an incredibly hectic pace despite not learning about why they are happening. This is probably not the book for everyone but it's worth a read for anyone looking for a unique and action-packed read, if you are willing to put in the investment.
Have you read Seeker? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!