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Why the inability to make a simple decision? Perhaps because the flow of the plot was a bit disjointed, I mean we start in the present, and then we end up somewhere in the past which is told from several character’s perspectives only to flung into the future with the rest of the story being told a year and a half after wherever we left of. It is no wonder I am confused. I spent a while certain that I had managed to skip some pages despite evidence to the contrary.
Also I was left with the question of what actually was a seeker? What do they do? Who are? And how did they come about? Are they a secret group of people? Are they good? Are they bad? Whatever it is that actually defines a seeker and makes them sound awesome didn’t really happen. I was left confused and unsure who was the baddie of the story, who were the heroes and why were people changing personalities? These questions should have been simply answered but it is amazing that it took me this long to figure it out.
And then there is the characters – Quin, John, Shinobu and Maud. Quin and John seem to be the main characters. John spends the majority of his time chasing Quin, saying he loves and urging people not to hurt her, while managing to hurt her, he is also obsessed with a weird dagger thing. It was weird and were we meant to sympathise or hate him? I’m sure. With Quin I wasn’t sure want she wanting, why she was fighting for. She felt a little fake, there for a certain role.
I liked Shinobu, he was someone I could sympathise with and his back-story made everything about his character make sense. But he was developed too late and by the time I could get to know him, the book was basically over. Which was a pity because he was doing really well to fix this story.
Then there was Maud. At first she seemed like a secondary character but then she becomes more involved, more integral with the story. But again her full appearance and backstory appeared to late, and seemed to be more of an afterthought than a key point. I did think that she could be an integral part of the story but the more I thought about the more I realised that I was not sure what her role was. She appears to be a guardian of something but what she really is guarding remains a mystery.
I wanted this book to be good, hell I was forever hopeful throughout that something would change, click with me and all the confusion and questions would disappear. That, unfortunately did not happen.
I not even sure that I could give the sequel a chance to make up for the issues in this book. At the end of this book I was left unsure about my feeling but after much consideration I decided that there were downs than up, more things that I could moan about than think positively about. The should have been a great story instead it left me wanting…
The Seekers are very much of the world. They don't exist in an alternate world or parallel universe, so in a sense they are both of this world and separate because of their ability to travel via an opening in time and space using a magical tool. The best way I could explain it is that it is similar to a wormhole- a shortcut in space that allows travel from one place to another in seemingly the blink of an eye (but you sure don't want to lose your way in one).
John is the most mature of the bunch- and for good reason. He watched his mother attacked by another family of Seekers when he was very young. More than the other two, John is burdened by his heritage. He is already very aware of the real truth of the Seekers but loves Quinn too much to open up. He is also very aware that his grandfather is becoming less and less capable of holding the family business together. This is a young man pulled in many different directions and, at sixteen, that can equate to confusion, impetuous actions and an overwhelming sense that no decision is going to be a good one. And he is right. When Quinn and Shinobu find out the real truth about Seekers, the close friendship of the three will be shattered.
I enjoyed this book. There is romance, but for me there is so much more. These are kids who are going to have to reevaluate tenets that they have always held as true. Questions of honor, honesty, family obligations, the difference between right and wrong and more are going to be the real test for them and none of the answers are going to be easy or totally satisfactory. Like the rest of us, they will have to learn that sometimes the path to adulthood is making the best decisions they can and then putting one foot in front of the other and hope that their world won't implode.
My thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author for making this copy available for me to read and review. I enjoyed every minute.
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