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Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton Audiobook {4 Stars}

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton is a story of friendship, betrayal, and coming back from life-shattering events. Seeker is also a book that is hard to pin into a genre since it takes place in a near-future possibly-alternative world with weapons that the characters don’t fully understand. Therefore there seems to be some magic thrown in with the sci-fi setting, though isn’t technology that you don’t understand basically magic anyway? Seeker is a book that doesn’t spoon feed information about how things work, so if you don’t like being confused, you might not enjoy it much. However, I loved discovering the world slowly while watching these three young heroes work through some serious damage in sometimes self-destructive ways. I just love broken characters too though ;-). Also the narrator freaking rocks!

Note: I received an audio copy of Seeker from the publisher. Listening to a book definitely changes my experiences with it!

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton Audiobook {4 Stars}

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
Narrated by Katharine McEwan
(Seeker #1)
Published by Delacorte on Feb. 10th, 2015
Genres: Genre-bender, Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 448 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • I mentioned the narrator’s awesomeness right? So Seeker starts in Scotland and all three MC’s have been raised in Scotland so the narrator’s lovely Scottish accent was really enjoyable to listen to. She does a great job of different voices all with an accent along with Chinese accents once the show moves out of Scotland. I definitely found the narrator putting emphasis on parts of the dialogue that made me like the characters more than I might of if I had read Seeker physically.
  • The setting of Seeker is definitely confusing at first, but I ended up really enjoying exploring the near-future world with airships and whipswords :D.
  • I’m sure that the characters in Seeker are going to annoy some readers since they definitely make a fair number of mistakes. However, I really like broken characters that react realistically weakly when bad things happen. After the horrible events at the beginning of Seeker, I wasn’t surprised when Quin suffered PTSD memory loss or Shinobu turned to drugs to dull the pain.
  • One of the unique aspects of Seeker that was fun was the time travel/stretching element. On top of the secret society of Seekers, there are three Dread that are even more powerful and must police the Seekers. One of the points-of-view is from the perspective of the younger Dread and so we find out how the Dreads can use the inbetween space of teleportation to stretch their lives out to many centuries to watch over the Seekers. So cool! And there is a lot more to the Dreads left to discover in book two :D.
  • I didn’t find the love triangle to play that much of a role since Quin had a lot more to worry about than which guy to fall for. Seeker is more about friendship and betrayal and how difficult it is to make the right choice when there is only grey morality choices to make.

Weaknesses:

  • Seeker definitely is confusing at first and it looks like that is what distressed many readers. If you don’t like being confused and not having all the information, Seeker probably isn’t for you.
  • There is technically a love triangle since both guys have feelings for Quin, though again, that isn’t what the plot is about.
  • The plot is, however, mainly reactionary. Quin is forced to react to the actions of others and if she had a choice, she would just forget any of the bad stuff happened at all. I prefer my main characters to make decisions and move the plot forward themselves more.

Summary:

Seeker was a really enjoyable audiobook and I definitely recommend it to fans of books that don’t really fit in any one category ;-). There are lots of questions left for book two to answer, but that has just made me all the more excited to get the sequel as long as they keep the same narrator :D.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

© 2015, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. Quin’s mental and emotional state sounds very similar to Katniss Everdeen’s, with the whole PTSD and leaning towards suicidal tendencies. I do love tragedy and think I will still give this one a go, I’m hopeful now to know that you liked it! :D
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    • Yeah I’d agree though I think that Quin does it for longer so it is more noticeable than Katniss’ ya know?

  2. Hmmm I think I’m going to have to try it for myself. I’ve read some really awful reviews, but all the things you say appeal to me. And love triangles and confusion are not deal breakers for me at all. I’m a sucker for broken characters too. I’ll have to make a point if listening though! Great review :)
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    • Yes, try it! I honestly am a bit baffled at a lot of the reviews so I think that trying it is the only way to figure out if you’ll like it, hehe.

  3. I was hoping to receive this one for review, but it seems to be one of RH’s bigger releases and I typically don’t get those. I’m not really sure it’s for me anyway, so that may be a good thing. I like the idea of it, but I’m not really one for confusing or reactionary stories.

    • Yeah, they were pushing it pretty hard for a while. It sounds like it probably wouldn’t be for you though, so perhaps it’s a good thing?

  4. This book did not work for me, mostly because of personal taste, but you do make me wonder if I might have been more inclined with the audio. I also think I would have liked the book more if it had focused on the Dreads who I found to be the most interesting part of the story. I won’t be reading on in the series but glad you enjoyed it!
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    • Completely agreed about the Dreads, they sound so interesting! Did you end up finishing it since there is more about them later in the book. I’m really excited to find out more about them in future books, so maybe I’ll put together an info post for those who don’t want to continue the series but want to know more about them haha!

  5. I don’t know if this one would be for me. I’m not usually one for reactionary characters or ones that turn to drugs for any reason.
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    • Yeah, if you don’t like drug use then this is definitely not for you since there is a lot of that D:

  6. Sounds great! Yeah, some technology in fantasy/sci-fi looks more like magic. I love broken characters too. And Scottish accents, so I’ll definitely look for the audiobook instead of the printed book in this case.
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  7. Wow, huge difference between our reviews! This book wasn’t my cup of tea, I’m afraid. But I agree how an incredible narrator can turn a book completely around – this is why I typically prefer listening to my YA reads.

  8. Very good review! So glad to see you liked this one. It sounds like a book I’m going to love.

  9. Great review! It does sounds like this book starts of a bit confusing, but glad to hear it worked for you and got better later on. I don’t mind it when characters make mistakes in books and often find that they can learn from them, unless they are really stupid and make the same mistakes over and over again. I don’t really mind love triangles anymore, I used to hate them, but as long as they are done well I don’t really mind them.
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    • Hehe, agreed about love triangles, I used to hiss and gnash my teeth whenever one was mentioned, but I’m realizing that they can work when they aren’t done cheaply to cover up a lack of plot!

  10. The Scottish accents make me wish I had listened to this one, because I have a serious soft spot for most British accents, mainly Scottish and Irish!
    The mix of science fiction and fantasy at first threw me for a loop and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not, but despite all the unanswered questions I quite enjoyed this one!
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