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Disruptor (Seeker, Book 3)

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Disruptor (Seeker, Book 3)

In the final book of the Seeker trilogy by Arwen Elys Dayton, Quin awakes and the last thing she remembers is Shinobu leaving her There (the in-between of space). She soon meets Dex, a mysterious teenager who seems much older than he looks. Dex reveals his memories to Quin as the story progresses, providing unexpected twists and turns about the past. Meanwhile, John has aligned with Maud, the Young Dread, to stop the Watchers, who have come together under the guidance of a malicious woman named Maggie. Maggie’s only goal is to kill the Seekers whom have done Maggie and her family harm. Quin, John and Shinobu cross paths once again to find the true meaning of fighting as a Seeker and history unfolds. The line between good and evil is blurred for John, yet his future becomes increasingly clear as time passes. Quin faces the darkness of the world, unknowing of whom to trust and battles for vengeance of the past.

"Overall, the Seeker trilogy ends on a thought-provoking, strong and prominent note....The dynamic characters are shown discovering their own paths in the resolution, tying up DISRUPTOR with a fitting and near perfect ending."

As the last novel in the series, unanswered questions are finally brought to light. The history of the Seekers, the Watchers, and the disruptors are revealed in the novel in a puzzle-like fashion. Dayton creates intense predicaments for John, Shinobu, and especially Quin. These characters seem worlds apart, yet by fate and time, the enigma is eventually pulled together. The introduction of the new character Dex may seem rash, as if he is used only as a character to uncover the secrets of their world. However, his personality differs from any other character in the novel. Left alone for years on end, Dex is accurately characterized by Arwen in the little things that he says or does. Every detail is eventually shown in definition.

DISRUPTOR is written in different points of view, which reveal even the thoughts of secondary characters such as Maud, Dex or Nott (a recurring character). This allows for easier comprehension as well as the opportunity to view certain situations from a different perspective. Some chapters are short yet powerful, which leave the reader in complete suspense and anticipation. Quin, the main character from the past two novels, seems to monitor John and Shinobu throughout the journey in There. Although she does not contribute much to the battles, she and Dex make up much of the book with the slow divulging of Dex’s complex history. All characters, by the end of the trilogy, are well developed and unique in their own way. Some fight for a common goal, while others fight because they have no other choice. It is a true clash of the worlds brought to life.

It is imperative for the reader to know the beginning of this long journey by reading both SEEKERand TRAVELER. Without this information, much of the terminology (focals, athames, anomaly, impellor, whipsword, etc.) as well as the history of Seekers mentioned in DISRUPTORmay seem confusing. The beginning of DISRUPTORbuilds on a past cliffhanger and can leave readers drawing blanks on some of the events in TRAVELER. After a few chapters, however, the story will entrance the reader and draw them back in this complicated, yet fantastic universe.

Overall, the Seeker trilogy ends on a thought-provoking, strong and prominent note. To my satisfaction, it leaves almost no questions unanswered and the past unraveled. The dynamic characters are shown discovering their own paths in the resolution, tying up DISRUPTOR with a fitting and near perfect ending.

Reviewed by Jeremy H., Teen Board Member on February 21, 2017

Disruptor (Seeker, Book 3)
(Seeker #3)
by Arwen Elys Dayton