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Readers' Comments for SEEKER

 

 

In December, a select group of readers who participated in one of our Sneak Peek Contests won copies of SEEKER by debut novelist Arwen Elys Dayton. Take a look at some of the readers' comments to give you more insight into this book, and watch out for spoilers!

 

 

 

 

Ali G. of Winslow, AR
What did you think of SEEKER?
I loved SEEKER. I was completely engrossed in the story of Quin, Shinobu, and John as they learned that life does not always turn out the way you expect. Their struggles, while obviously in the realm of fantasy, were still quite relatable. I read this book cover to cover in one sitting, and I cannot wait for the sequel.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
Definitely 5!

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Yes, I would recommend SEEKER. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I know that other fantasy/fiction lovers would also like it.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
SEEKER is about three friends, Quin, John, and Shinobu, who are in training to become Seekers, protectors of those in need. Unfortunately, when it is time to take their Oaths and become fully-fledged Seekers, things do not turn out as any of them expected. Friendships are tested and lives will never be the same after the events in SEEKER.

Yasemin B. of Rutherford, NJ
What did you think of SEEKER?
[Spoilers] SEEKER was a good novel because I kept thinking about it long after I read it. However, some scenes were rather vague compared to others where details were abundant. The beginning could have been better written. As the novel progressed, the writing improved.

I felt that Quin's love for Shinobu should have been hinted at early on. Quin's love (later hatred) for John stemmed so deep that Quin should have expressed how she felt for Shinobu in the beginning. I felt like Quin's love was a little forced as if she suddenly turned on a switch that made her love Shinobu... not very realistic. However, I was rooting for them the whole time. I thought the tension in Quin's family was well written. The strong relationship Shinobu had with his father was also very heartfelt. I enjoyed the setting and how the characters were able to navigate their way throughout their travels.

Overall, this novel was successful in capturing the reader's attention. I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for the next installment in the series.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend and I already have. My friends like Harry Potter, Divergent, and The Lord of the Rings. They are into books with sci-fi and adventure. SEEKER plays around with the sci-fi genre that makes it a good read.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
Hey (insert friend's name)! I read this cool new sci-fi-ish book! You would like the setting because it takes place in various places (London, Scotland, Hong Kong, London). It has new characters that have not been overshadowed by mainstream books such as the Hunger Games. It hasn't made my list of favorite top five books, however, I can't stop thinking about SEEKER's graphic details and plot. I honestly can't wait for the next installment to see what the author has planned next. It was sooo good. You should read it.

Daiane C. of Brooklyn, NY
What did you think of SEEKER?
I thought SEEKER was an amazing read! I was hooked in the story in the first chapter and the characters were introduced in a smooth way. I would definitely recommend this to my friends and to book lovers who enjoy The Hunger Games and A Song of Ice and Fire.  SEEKER was one of those kinds of books that you pick up and you can't put down. It's like you have to find out what is going to happen next and you can't wait. I think the author did a great job writing this book. Surely, this book will become a bestseller and many readers will love it. I am very glad I was one of those lucky readers that were chosen to read it first.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
5 :)

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

I would definitely recommend this book to my friends! Many of my friends have read The Hunger Games so I think they would also enjoy this book because it is similar in many ways. After I finished reading, I immediately told some friends how obsessed I was with the book. They are so curious about what the book is about and why it has captured my interest. Since I have an ARC of the book, I can lend it to them to read before the book comes out. I think they are excited by me telling them what the book is about :) I think this book should become a bestseller soon enough. Also, like The Hunger Games, this book will also soon become a major motion picture and I am definitely looking forward to that!

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
This book is similar to the The Hunger Games. The main character takes her oath and becomes a Seeker, just like how tributes are chosen to be part of the Hunger Games. In both series, these choices change the main characters' lives. In SEEKER, Quin Kincaid takes her oath and becomes a Seeker. Being a Seeker is much different than what Quin thought and now it's too late to make the right choices. I would only tell the summary to my friends so it would capture their interest and I wouldn't spoil the book for them.

Ashley D. of Ft. Leavenworth, KS
What did you think of SEEKER?
I thought SEEKER was an excellent book. I was definitely a page turner. I had a very hard time putting it down. The story itself was incredibly interesting and it kept me wondering what would happen next.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
5

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. In fact, I already have. I will however continue to recommend SEEKER. I would recommend it because it’s an adventure, a fantasy and a real page turner.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
SEEKER is a book about a girl who believes she does the right thing but ends up creating new issues. Throughout the book she faces many challenges which all keep you from putting the book down.

Ginika N. of Pullman, WA
What did you think of SEEKER?
I loved it! Although it started off kind of slow after about a hundred or so pages in it got really good and I couldn't put it down. I stayed up past 2:00am reading it. I literally had to force myself to put it away and go to sleep. I loved Shinobu's character and despite his unhealthy lifestyle I totally ship him and Quin. John is annoying and needs to die.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
4.75

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Yes, I would. It was an amazing blend of something somewhere between fantasy and dystopian and I really enjoyed it.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
Although it starts out kind of slow, this book gets really good FAST. If you enjoy books by authors like Allison Goodman and Marie Lu, you'll love this one. It is an amazing blend of action, romance and adventure, and you have to read it now!

Laila C. of Hempstead, NY
What did you think of SEEKER?
[Spoilers] SEEKER was simply amazing. There was action, an intense plot and a love triangle as well. The beginning was a bit slow and I thought I wouldn't like the novel. However, this turned out to be a great read! I felt that some parts were missing though. For example, in the beginning, when Shinobu and Quin were taking the Oath. It says that they were on “all fours” and were bloody, not their own blood. The scene that scared Quin and led her to believe Briac is brutal should have been added. It took away from the book. Besides that, however, this novel was very interesting, I couldn't put it down. I certainly know that I can’t wait for the second in the series, TRAVELER.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
4/5

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Yes, I have already recommended this book to a friend. My friend loved Divergent and The Hunger Games, so I am pretty sure she will enjoy SEEKER as well.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
I would describe it as such: The plot is amazing. It expands over two years and so much happens over those years. There is definitely a love triangle and you'll fall in love with the characters as you read the novel. It’s totally original and a fresh breath of air.

Linnea P. of Elk Grove Village, IL
What did you think of SEEKER?
I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. I thought the world was amazing and beautiful. Usually I have some trouble getting into books, but this one started off incredible and action packed. I guess my one problem with the novel was the love triangle, but overall it was truly fantastic.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
4.5.

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Yes, I would. I would recommend it because I think this world is something everyone should get to experience and it has something in there for everyone to enjoy. You have some fantasy elements, some sci-fi aspects, and of course a romance.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
I would describe this novel as a sci-fi/fantasy novel with a gripping romance. From the very beginning you'll be entranced with the action, never experiencing a second of boredom.

Cassandra H. of Walnut, CA
What did you think of SEEKER?
[Spoilers] Page-turning read. At times, I couldn’t put the book down. However, I thought the plot was lacking because Quin seems a very passive protagonist, only setting her goal halfway through the novel. In addition, I wish that the author had revealed what happened in the late-night assignments earlier in the book. Some parts of the book are redundant, repeating facts or statements the reader already knows or can infer. Other than that, SEEKER was very enjoyable. These characters are so richly drawn. I appreciate the setting of the book as well as Shinobu and Brian’s Asian heritages. Hong Kong’s street life and Shinobu’s ventures into the drug bars are so vividly written. John was an unexpected and unlikely villain, and though I hated what he was doing to Quin, I loved his inner conflict and his greed that turned him into something like Briac.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
4

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Yes --- I would definitely recommend this to a friend who is looking for a good fantasy/adventure novel that will keep them up at night.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
SEEKER is fast-paced and has something for everyone --- fantasy, coming-of-age-themes, nail-biting adventures, and epic fights. Couple that with well-written characters and real conflict and you have a book to curl up with on a Friday night.

Nicole T. of Beech Creek, PA
What did you think of SEEKER?
I think SEEKER was amazing. Around page 100, when I truly got into it, I couldn't put it down. I feel as if it was a good start to the series.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
4

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Yes, I would recommend because first it will be a series so more books. Next because the plot was there. The author did a good job at world building while helping readers get to know the characters.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
This book will keep you on the edge of your toes. A good opening book to what seems to be an epic series. If you like historical steampunk books, this is for you.

Keegan B. of Charleston, WV
What did you think of SEEKER?
The unusual concept caught my attention immediately and I couldn't put it down.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
5

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Yes, because the storyline is something everyone will love.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
SEEKER has an unusual concept but it still tackles right and wrong and the gray areas in between. I never knew what to expect when I was reading it.

Pawanpreet K. of Fremont, CA
What did you think of SEEKER?
I love how the author goes from the present and goes into the characters’ pasts. It was a very interesting book.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
5

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

I already have. My friends were asking one day what I was reading, and I said SEEKER, so one of them asked to read the first pages and she said she couldn't wait for it to be out.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
It's about two families that have children who are meant to become Seekers, but they don't know the secrets that come with it, and if it’s really worth it. And there is another child who was meant to be a Seeker, but because of those secrets will have problems in this book.

Kate F. of Peoria, IL
What did you think of SEEKER?
I think SEEKER is a clever, unique novel that explores how the events of a person's past can have a profound effect on their future and their ability to decide right from wrong. I loved how the author switched perspectives to tie together all the events that happen in this novel.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
4

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Yes, I would recommend SEEKER to a friend because it has elements many different people would enjoy, such as action, adventure and romance.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
SEEKER is about three teenagers who have been trained since a young age to become Seekers, noble protectors of the world. However, they soon discover that all their life they have been lied to and that being a Seeker is not honorable at all --- it is cruel. The characters struggle to deal with what they have done and to right the wrongs of the past in different ways, but inevitably they find themselves all together again, tangled inside a web of deceit that has been in place since before they were born.

Kaitlyn T. of Gower, MS
What did you think of SEEKER?
[Spoilers] When I saw the cover and read the description of this book, I was sure it was “just another fantasy.” I mean, not that I wasn't impressed and intrigued by the cover art or the plot summary, because I was. But, I was quick to think that this book was probably your average action/sci-fi/fantasy novel. Too many of those novels feel like the same story being told a hundred times over. But, when I picked up the book and read it, I discovered it was very different. Yes, it has fantasy, yes it has action. But this book has an amazingly realistic feeling to it, a feeling that makes you feel like you're there, in the story. Not only sitting there, watching behind-the-scenes, but there, actually with Quin and Shinobu as they practice fighting their instructors with their whipswords. There, alongside Quin as she is finally made a Seeker. There, when she discovers being a Seeker isn't all it's cracked up to be. Every living, breathing moment spent reading this novel feels like a trip to another world, and yet it feels so real and believable. It's an exciting thrill ride, action-packed, and also dark and even a bit scary at times. And there are some touching moments in there, too, which always get me hooked into a story that is otherwise dark. I enjoyed reading this novel so much more than I expected. If you liked Divergent and The Hunger Games, you're sure to love this new series! I know I did.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
4

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Yes, because it's a great story that deserves to be told more than once.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
"Here's a really great book that I recently read, and I think you'd like it too. It’s a utopian/dystopian society kind of story, and it's about a girl who works all her life to achieve the goal of becoming a Seeker, only to find out that being a Seeker isn't at all what she expected, and she can't do anything to turn it around. It's pretty dark and mysterious; I really recommend it."

Annabell A. of Bartonville, IL
What did you think of SEEKER?
I thought it was a pretty good book.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
4

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Maybe. Many of my friends don't read books unless they are forced to. But if some of my friends showed interest I would recommend it to them.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
It involves a love triangle with lots of hardships. It includes lots of action, and always keeps you waiting in suspense.

Destiny T. of the Bronx, NY
What did you think of SEEKER?
I thought it was very interesting and the world was very unique. The characters were very unique and strong. Each voice was different and each back story was great. I also loved how there were different point of views per chapter. Although some parts dragged a little bit.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
4.8

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Yes, and I already have. This book is something that many readers would enjoy especially if they want something that is fast-paced and complex. I also think that this is something that many people can discuss it with others about plot twists and all that.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
I would describe this as a book where everything is not as it seems. It's mysterious and dark while also being very fast-paced. It's like “Inception” to the mind.

Aliza M. of Denver, CO
What did you think of SEEKER?
I thought it was really interesting and exciting.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
3.5

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to a friend because it is such an interesting and new story.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?

SEEKER is a book about a group of students who begun to realize that what they've been taught their whole lives might not be completely true. They struggle with this realization as they try to decide what to do with their lives.

Elizabeth T. of Staten Island, NY
What did you think of SEEKER?
I thought SEEKER was a very enjoyable read. It was an intriguing book filled with action, betrayal, romance and adventure. The story-line developed very well throughout the book and kept me wanting to know what would happen in the next chapter; I couldn't put it down! I really like all the characters, they were interesting, especially Quin, who is brave, but at the beginning very oblivious to what's occurring around her.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
5

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

I recommended this book to my sister and she began to read immediately. I told two of my friends already as well. I told them that this was a book worth reading and that it will captivate their attention and want them to keep reading it.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
SEEKER is a great book! It has everything; it contains: romance, adventure, action, betrayal and fantasy. It is worth reading; you have to read it!

Jennifer I. of Richmond, MI
What did you think of SEEKER?
I loved the characters. I thought the book was timeless, even though there were references to time in it. The author exposed details about many of the characters, rather than focusing on only Quin and John. There were twists and turns which I did not see coming, and for me that makes reading a book worth it. I don't want to read something where I can figure out what is going to happen so easily. This book left me turning pages.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
4.5

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?
Yes, definitely. I am going to have my 13-year-old twin daughters read it as I think it's a book they will love. I also want my 15-year-old son and my husband to read it.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?

This book has characters you will grow to love and hate. It's a fantastic epic fantasy/dystopian thriller which can be read and loved by all age readers (middle grade and above).

Aspen R. of Sebastian, FL
What did you think of SEEKER?
I thought that it was an amazing book full of twists and turns, and the storyline was really well thought out. I think that it was an explosive book, and I can’t wait to read more of Ms. Dayton’s stories!

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
5

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Yes, I would, and I already have to all of my book clubs! I recommended this book because it was interesting, and it was a great fantasy novel. It would appeal greatly to fans of novels that we had previously read.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
Quin, Shinobu, and John are apprentices, but only two will become sworn Seekers. Seekers have been around for centuries, and Quin, Shinobu, and John are some of the last apprentices. But there is a darker side to being a Seeker, and when they find out, everything changes for the worst.

Alla I. of Hampton, VA
What did you think of SEEKER?
I absolutely loved it! The characters were incredibly well written and had depth to them, and the plot line was spot on. It was a truly wonderful read that I have suggested to all of my friends. They keep badgering me to let them borrow it.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
No doubt: 5.

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Already have, because they are open to all genres and styles of writing and they will especially love something as unique as SEEKER was.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
It's about this girl named Quin who has trained her entire life to become a Seeker, someone who fights for "the weak and wronged" in order to protect them. When she takes her oath, her life should be going great, but she realizes there's so many things that she was left in the dark about. Being a Seeker isn't what she was taught it was, and the people she's known for her entire life aren't what they always seemed to be. If you thought you knew plot twists, you haven't seen anything yet.

Ashley R. of Emeryville, CA
What did you think of SEEKER?
[Spoilers] Overall I was intrigued by the concept of Seekers, and the steampunk fantasy vibe. It feels like it took the author a few chapters to fall into stride with the prose. The first few chapters in Scotland I couldn’t get my groundings time-wise, and it was hard to imagine the estate ---  think it relied too much on the reader’s familiarity with stories set in Europe. Once the story moved to Hong Kong, I could vividly imagine the Bridge and everywhere the characters explored.

I appreciated how dark and gritty the story got --- drugs, sex work, death, losing your sense of self --- and the author portrays these real struggles in detail while always keeping the humanity of the characters. Each of their transformations from who they were as a child was believable and understandable. I like that none of them is perfect, and each deals with trauma in different ways, sometimes drastically and not always successfully. There’s no black and white, right or wrong, and they all have to feel life out and make mistakes. And despite the lines being blurred there’s still an understanding of what’s going too far.

Of course there is the usual love triangle trope between the hot new guy and the loyal best friend and the clueless main character. I’m really tired of that. But I was excited to see that this wasn’t another book pushing the idea that first love is true love, and the better, nicer guy gets a chance in the end. And because the characters change throughout the book, it was believable that the main character’s feelings could change, or more that she became more aware of her feelings and the people who were best to keep around her --- that despite her attraction to John, he wasn’t good for her and never would put her first.

One of my favorite features of the whole story are the Dreads, and I hope the next book keeps them as a main part. Maud was a lovely, flawed, dynamic character. And I think she goes through one of the hardest personal tests, having to fully realize who she is and her own strength. She had an honest heart, and saw everything more clearly than I think any of the Seekers did.

I’m still not sure I understand the full purpose of the Seekers, besides their sword-for-hire, mercenary modern purpose. I wish there had been more specific myths in the text, rather than just mentions of them. What were all these myths and legends that so inspired and blinded Quin and Shinobu that they got to the point of their initiation without any suspicions? How could John’s attitude and treatment by Briac not have made them question their way of life? Why were they the only apprentices? Hopefully there will be more answers in the next books.

One more thing I’ll mention that really bothered me. I loved and appreciated that Shinobu was mixed-race and got more than equal time as a narrator. And loved the different settings and how much research must have gone into writing about Hong Kong. But on page 365 near the bottom, Quin says “there was a strong sense of Asia” in the basement. What does that even mean? And as the following sentences explain, it’s not a strong sense of Asia, if anything it’s Japan --- which would be more appropriate and specific to say, especially since they are in Hong Kong and not Japan.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
4

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

I have already recommended it to several friends and had my dad read it. Arwen Elys Dayton is skilled at world building, especially when it comes to metropolitan futuristic settings. I loved the mix of cultures and old and new technology.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
A dramatic steampunk/fantasy adventure and thriller with flawed, dynamic characters. The author isn’t afraid to get gritty and real about life. The prose starts off stilted but you just have to give it a few chapters before you’re sucked in.

Rachel D. of Miami, FL
What did you think of SEEKER?
Though it did get a bit boring for me at times, I think this book was very enjoyable to read.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
4

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Maybe, I definitely would not recommend to my friends who enjoy slow-paced and overall enthusiastic books.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
This novel is a fast paced book told in multiple points of views. It had a bit of a steampunk yet futuristic feeling throughout, which I really enjoyed.

Exavia B. of Charleston, SC
What did you think of SEEKER?
I thought SEEKER was a great read. It was intense, and full of detail. I had an easy time being immersed into this world. The places are clear but the time wasn't, which added to the theme of time being a man-made concept and, therefore, nonexistent between realms.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
4

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?
I have already recommended this book. I think it is a great read. The events are told from multiple perspectives; each, through his or her own actions, showing how it impacts their decisions and feelings. This gives the characters great depth, which adds to the plot and happenings. That makes for a pretty good read. But SEEKER is also original, captivating and well-written. It grabs hold of you and pulls you into their world. You experience what they experience and you feel what they feel. Why wouldn't I recommend it?

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
SEEKER is a story of love, justice, and loss; a true show of what measures one will go to survive and save others as well. It's a world that exists within our world, where time is insignificant but timing means everything. The people of this world has impacted and shaped ours for the greater good since the beginning --- or... maybe not.

Nabeehah S. of Bloomfield, NJ
What did you think of SEEKER?
[Spoilers] SEEKER was a thrilling read. It felt as if I were on a roller coaster with all of the twists and turns in the book. If the person who is reading this read the book SEEKER, I consider myself on Team Shinobu. I think Quin and Shinobu make the cutest couple. The author truly enhanced the book by adding in the Dreads, who I would consider the watchers of the Seekers. This book is also a read for not only young adults.I feel like 20-year-olds will also be interested in it.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
4.5 because when the author tried to show flashbacks in the book it became kind of murky when trying to understand the book.

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

This book has already been recommended to my cousin because she is a fan of fantasy novels and this book added in romance with fighting, which in my book equals to awesomeness. 

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
To a friend I would say, rrepare for the fastest thrill ride of your life. This book has romance, action, wit and revenge. Anything you can think of this book has!

Alison S. of Yardley, PA
What did you think of SEEKER?
[Spoilers] I have mixed feelings toward SEEKER. Though I adored some aspects of this novel, I found other plot/character elements kind of frustrating.

So I guess I’ll start with the good. When I first realized SEEKER would take place in Scotland, England and Hong Kong, I doubted that Dayton could pull it off. But the first five chapters or so dispelled any such worries --- even though the action may jump halfway around the world in the span of a chapter, Dayton manages to establish a really strong sense of place in each of the three main settings. I especially love her vaguely futuristic take on Hong Kong, which consists of the island of Hong Kong, Hong Kong’s city on mainland China, and an enormous bridge stretched between the two. In fact, the Hong Kong bridge is probably one of my all-time favorite settings --- imagine downtown Amsterdam, only plunked down on a bridge (the creepy lower-levels of the bridge and eerie tangle of rafters don’t hurt either).

Additionally, SEEKER balances external conflict (i.e. conflicts between characters) and internal conflicts (characters’ guilt/doubt over their own actions) really well. Even though I’d consider SEEKER a fairly action-driven novel, Dayton allows plenty of time for the main characters to agonize over their morally-gray decisions, yet introspection never intrudes the actual plot. On second thought, there might be a few instances (one or two) in the entire 428-page novel when the characters’ inner torment stalls the action. Still, the depth these internal conflicts add to an otherwise action-based book more than compensates for a couple of pauses in pacing. I especially enjoy Dayton’s examination of how the characters (unsuccessfully) attempt to quiet their residual guilt once they escape the estate. One (though I’m not telling who) develops an aversion to blood and a cleanliness obsession, as though fanatical cleaning could somehow cleanse their "unclean" past.

In a few other novels I've read, the supporting characters have seemed more reminiscent of plot devices than of people. In SEEKER, however, each supporting character has a memorable personality, not to mention some hilarious bits of dialogue. Furthermore, Dayton instills organic, believable chemistry between the book's couples.

Now for the not-so-wonderful aspects of this book. While I don’t consider fifteen-year-old Quin a Mary Sue, it took me 100-plus pages to arrive at that conclusion. Though I admire Quin as a character, when the first chapter of the book features her kicking butt against a grown man, and the following two chapters introduce not one, but two attractive guys who are head-over-heels in love with her, my gut reaction is to classify her as a Mary Sue.

Moreover, the book’s main conflict --- I’ll try to keep this as vague as possible --- stems from two characters disagreeing over the morality of a particular weapon. This conflict held my interest for the first 250 pages. Around page 251, however, I started to get bored with this specific clash of opinions. By this point, it’s obvious that neither character will alter their opinion of the weapon's ethics, and, for the book's middle section, most of the plot points boil down to the same basic formula: Character One one seeks out Character Two, Character One attempts to coerce Character Two into changing their stance on the questionable weapon, CharacterT refuses to relinquish the weapon to Character One on moral grounds. Don’t get me wrong, the scenes themselves weren't boring, since each occurs in a different location and features a different cast of supporting characters. And it is fascinating to watch Character One’s loss of innocence as he comprises moral after moral in pursuit of the coveted weapon. I suppose that, after 250 or so pages of Character One proclaiming, “X weapon is noble! X weapon is our destiny!” and Character Two responding, “X weapon is evil! X weapon is our downfall!,” the plot doesn't feel like it's progressing. Since each character’s opinion remains the same, and the weapon never changes hands for any considerable amount of time, the story arc seems a tad stagnant. Granted, because Character One’s desperation, which eventually triggers the book’s climax, intensifies during this portion of the story, the middle’s not truly stagnant. It just felt that way to me --- another reader could easily favor the book's middle to its beginning or resolution. Then again, the resolution will captivate you.

Overall, I enjoyed SEEKER immensely. There’s no such thing as the “perfect” book, and SEEKER’s no exception to that, but the novel’s imaginative backstory and impressive complexity wowed me. Furthermore, SEEKER expertly merges fantasy with the modern world. Because Dayton tells the story in multiple points-of-view, it took me a little longer to get invested in this story than usual. I don't consider this a flaw with the book, however, since SEEKER's complex plotline necessitates multiple POVs. Furthermore, Dayton's use of multiple viewpoints deepens the novel’s moral complexity and heightens the plot's suspense.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
4

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?
Maybe. I’d recommend SEEKER if my friend enjoyed books with extensive action/fight scenes, since Dayton stuff SEEKER full of hair-raising, creatively constructed fight scenes. Though I didn’t dislike SEEKER’s plot, if my friend asked for a book recommendation based solely on the strength of the plot, I’d recommend a few other books before SEEKER.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
For her whole life, Quin's father has trained her to fight tyranny and protect the innocent as a Seeker: one of a centuries-long line of warriors who, using a mythical sword (an Athame), influence the course of history in the name of righteousness and justice. Quin soon discovers, however, that her father and uncle, supposedly noble Seekers, are little more than glorified murderers-for-hire. With a fancy sword. Though Quin rebels against her father’s abuse of power and escapes his estate with the Athame, her dad, as well as her beguiling first love, John Hart, chase her across countries and even continents to claim the sword for themselves.

Amber G. of Naperville, IL
What did you think of SEEKER?
I thought it was fast-paced and loved the strong female character, Quin, but the storytelling was a little disjointed and could be difficult to follow.

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4

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Maybe --- only if they liked science fiction/fantasy.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
This book reminds me of some of Tamora Pierce's books with a touch of The Hunger Games. If you prefer historical fiction or nonfiction books, you might not like it. But there are enough human elements and romance that even if you aren't that interested in the science fiction, it might appeal to you.

Carissa K. from Garland, TX
What did you think of SEEKER? 
SEEKER was really good! It was a little confusing at first simply because the book was complicated, but after a few chapters I understood it clearly. The romance was the one thing I didn't like and that annoyed me. In the first chapter, the main character, Quin states solemnly that she loves John. It was just... weird. Especially for YA. That's just my preference though. The characters were very... dark. I liked Quin but I feel like I couldn't connect with her. Again, this is probably just my own preference towards first person speaking.

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4. I really enjoyed SEEKER, but I didn't love it, which is still really good since I'm sort of picky about books.

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

I already have actually. Even if I didn't LOVE the book, someone else might. :)

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend? 
Quin, Shinobu, and John have been training practically their whole lives to become Seekers, guardians of the good, but now Quin and Shinobu will take their oaths without John. When they do, they discover that Seekers aren't who they though they were --- and now they are Seekers. Soon Quin and Shinobu are trapped in the cruel world of Seekers and Quin must decide who and what is good.

Maggie D. from Sioux Falls, SD
What did you think of SEEKER?
SEEKER has one of the most unique premises I've read this year. I thought it had a brilliant plot.

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4

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Maybe. But not because it was a horrible read, just because I don't have many bookish friends.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
SEEKER is set in a not-too-distant future, but is not your typical dystopian. With magic and assassins, SEEKER is one of the most unique books you will ever read.

Megan R. of Milton, WI
What did you think of SEEKER?
I thought that it was very well written.

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3.5

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

One of my friends saw the book when I brought it to school and I told him about it. He was very interested in it. I would recommend this book because it was a good book with a very good plot, and very well written.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
I said that it was very interesting it kept you interested in the book. I also said it was like the The Mortal Instruments series which he had read.

Maya B. of Rockville, MD
What did you think of SEEKER?
SEEKER began hinged on the basis of many teen dystopian novels. It began with three teens reaching towards the fate that had been buried in their family’s history for possibly thousands of years. Only, surprise, surprise, that fate isn’t what they thought it would be.

However, there are twists to the story that split off the traditional path of popular teen novels. For example, Dayton constantly plays with time and space, blending all types of travel together.

I have read about a dozen teen dystopian novels and the writing is very similar to the others. The sentences are short, general and simple. I was waiting for something more shocking, with more problems that are true to life. The book leads with family and relationship drama that we have all seen before. SEEKER does not dive into any dicey topics.

SEEKER would have been perfect for me if I was three or four years younger. It is more geared toward the younger teens and tweens, and they would enjoy it more than I.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
3.5

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Maybe. If it was a twelve-year-old girl that likes the City of Bones series, I would.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
Three teens trained their whole lives to become Seekers, those who travel through space to save good people from evil people. When two of the three teens finally became Seekers, it turned out to be a shady business dealing with money and power instead of the good things that their parents promised. Now sworn as Seekers, these teens could not run away from their new identity and the fate that they always thought they wanted.

Harman K. of Buffalo, NY
What did you think of SEEKER?
It was well written, and I did enjoy the majority of it, but there were scenes that were very unclear, and it made getting through the book somewhat frustrating. There were times I did just want to set the book down, but the urge to see what happens next was strong. I did enjoy how the book isn't just one genre: it's a mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and some historical fiction.

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3

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Yes, if the friend is a VERY big fan of sci-fi/fantasy I would recommend it to them. I definitely wouldn't recommend it to a friend who is highly critical of books. They would ponder over everything that was unclear.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
The female protagonist and her love interest and cousin are preparing for the goal of being a Seeker, but it turns out to be something that they never imagined it could possibly be.

Liz H. of Jacksonville, IL
What did you think of SEEKER?
I liked the overall concept, but I couldn't relate to the characters, the world-building was very confusing, and the most important part of the book was a chapter that didn't exist.

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3. I wanted to like it, but couldn't get past the missing chapter.

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Maybe, but I honestly can't think of any friends who wouldn't react the same way I did.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
Set in a possible post-apocalyptic world with awesome weapon-changing by thought technology, Quin has been training since the age of 8 to become a Seeker. The time has finally come for her and her friend, Shinobu, to take the Oath and learn the Seekers' secrets, but her mysterious friend, John, did not pass the final test. With Shinobu, his father, and her father, Quin makes the leap through a portal to somewhere and comes back with blood on her hands with no explanations, just horror at what she's done.

Christa O. of Wichita, KS
What did you think of SEEKER?
I thought SEEKER was very interesting and different from the typical high fantasy book. I thought that things were fast-paced.

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3

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

I would maybe recommend it to a friend. Of course it always depends on the friend's taste. I would recommend it to a friend who loves fantasy with more romance. Someone who likes fast paced books to read.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
I would describe this book as something that is unpredictable. It's just a fun fantasy book with lots of interesting concepts. It's very fast-paced. The characters really drive the novel.

Samantha B. of Ramona, CA
What did you think of SEEKER?
Overall, I think SEEKER is a great read. I was lost at first over the very obvious omission of a vital point in the story, but I was impressed by the wonderful descriptions and the storytelling overall. Although, I'm not quite attached to the characters I did look forward to seeing what they did next. I can't wait to read more into the whole world of Seekers.

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3

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Yes, especially for readers who like sci-fi and alternative history.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
SEEKER is a book filled with intrigue, amazing descriptions and imagery, and a whole new look into a world and history we're so used too, all the while offering awesome fighting scenes, a more than reasonable love triangle and romance, and characters who fight for what they believe in. Seeker has everything a sci-fi book could have with the familiarity of the Earth we know.

Emily P. of Seattle, WA
What did you think of SEEKER?
I thought it was an exciting, page turning adventure yet included thought-provoking elements.

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3

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

Yes! The book reads easily, is interesting and a bit different.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
Quin Kincaid, a serious, devoted young adult, is about to take her oath to become a "Seeker," who is supposed to be a kind of protector of peace and justice. She soon learns the evil purposes behind the organization and the danger posed by and to her family and those she loves. Quin will go through many challenges and adventures to reorient her life and attempt to spread healing in a broken world.

Pragyan P. of Tempe, AZ
What did you think of SEEKER?
[Spoilers] The story seems like a mash-up of epic, sic-fi and steampunk, but with no strong sense of genre. That does sound good. But the book is too slow. I couldn't help but had to take time. In-between I read two other books. Just couldn't commit myself entirely reading this one at a stretch.

There is no world building. We are jumping around the world, with no semblance of coherence of cultural timeline. People are medieval enough to wear leather helmets and armors and talk about love and honor, but also modern enough to have crazy modern weapons which change at will and there are TVs and hovering houses which are impenetrable, and they go around assassinating people to have power and money.

It could have been still fine, but I expected a little more depth to characters and their choices. And who are Seekers? what do they do? There was too little history and information about their good deeds to compare to. Even the interlude doesn't help. And explanations to certain things are given at places where they seem out of place. It's fine to intrigue readers with mysterious circumstances, but not all scenes can be treated that way.

In any case the book is being adopted to be a motion picture. So there will be enough spectacles and bangs. And I hope that the second book is better with grueling details. Because in the description of the book in GoodReads it's mentioned that readers of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games will appreciate it, and I am not convinced.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
2.3

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?
Maybe. The book is okay. It needs more conviction, better world building and character depth.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
It is an ambitious book. But it’s slow. Hopefully the sequel will be better.

Janessa K. of Aurora, IN
What did you think of SEEKER?
It could've been better. A lot of it was confusing and the book seemed out of order.

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2

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?
No, because it was not that great.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
Three teens have spent their whole lives training to become Seekers. When the time finally comes, they realize there's a lot more to being a Seeker, a lot darker than they thought.

Rebekah M. of Dallas, TX
What did you think of SEEKER?
[Spoilers] The overall concept of this book is interesting, but the novel itself didn’t appeal to me. The Seekers’ ability to create doorways and travel through another dimension is sort of reminiscent of the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. I prefer character-driven stories, however, and Dayton shied away from opportunities to explore her characters’ psychology and development.

Quin and her father Briac were the weakest characters by far. Quin didn’t have much of a personality before she decided to forget her past --- then she chose to forget her past, and after it was like having to grow accustomed to a whole new character. Briac was an incompetent villain and his dialogue was cartoonish. On the other hand, I thought John’s descent into antagonism was interesting. Shinobu and Maud were the two better characters out of the four point of view characters. I thought Shinobu’s drug use was a realistic response to the traumatic things he’d done and seen, but I was annoyed by the magical tea that made his withdrawal symptoms go away just in time for the final fight.

As far as the plot is concerned, the pacing was off and important moments that needed to be included were not. Quin and Shinobu’s first assignment as Seekers was a pivotal scene that set the rest of the plot into motion, but the author skipped right past it. Quin’s realization that either a) her father has been lying to her or b) has twisted the family legacy into something monstrous was an important moment that was only referenced to in snippets via flashback or nightmare. There were also lots of plot holes. For example, it is established that the Dreads are supposed to be able to move very fast (fast enough to dodge bullets), but Quin, Shinobu, and John are still able to run away from them on foot somehow.

The author’s references to Japanese and Chinese culture made me cringe. I think she indulged in too many stereotypes. I can tell there will be other books in this series, but I wouldn’t read them. I also noticed some typos on pages 176 (Chapter 24) and 350 (Chapter 49).

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2

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

I have a librarian friend who is a huge fan of this genre, so I told her about the book when I found out I was receiving a copy.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
Quin, Shinobu, and John are close friends who are training to become Seekers, warriors who travel through another dimension to fight evil. On the day that Quin takes her oath, she learns that her father has been using the Seekers’ power to enhance his personal wealth and position. Her boyfriend John has also had a secret agenda all along.

Cheyenne C. of Sioux Falls, SD
What did you think of SEEKER?
SEEKER definitely fell flat, unfortunately. The characters had very little substance, especially the main character, Quin. Quin is a predictable, uninteresting character that, as a reader, I simply didn't care about.  She's like every other teen heroine --- pretty, white, kind-hearted, never really makes any mistakes, tough but in a "cute" way, etc., etc. Absolutely nothing makes her stand out.  Also, her relationship between the other characters seemed forced and uncomfortable. The plot was also dull and predictable. The overall idea was interesting but very poorly executed. The writing was okay --- nothing special. The saving grace about this book was the side characters, most particularly Maud and Fiona. They were interesting and had great back stories.   Unfortunately, neither of these characters showed up often.

This book is like a million others. I imagine it will sell, simply because this is the type of book that sells. However, that does not mean it's a good book. It was obvious that the author did not push herself very hard while writing this and did not give anything of herself in the writing. It was a disappointing read, a book that perpetuates the stereotypes that YA literature has no value or merit.

Please rate SEEKER on a scale of 1-5.
1

Would you recommend this book to a friend (Yes / No / Maybe / I already have / Other)?
Why or why not?

No. I have no interest in endorsing a book with such little literary value. My friends are mostly seniors in high school or freshmen in college. Many of them have little time to read, and so when they do pick up a book, they want it to be good. This would be an utter disappointment and waste of time for them.

In two or three sentences, how would you describe this book to a friend?
SEEKER is a book about a teenage girl who wants badly to do good and make the world a better place. Unfortunately, being a Seeker is not all she thought it would be, and now she wants nothing more than to escape it. While the idea sounds good, the writing is flat and the characters are boring.