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Seeker    by Arwen Elys Dayton order for
by Arwen Elys Dayton
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Delacorte, 2016 (2016)
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*   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Seeker is unlike any YA I have ever read. Arwen Elys Dayton has really created a unique concept that is chock full of action and adventure.

Quinn, her cousin Shinobu, and her boyfriend John, have been training to become Seekers for most of their young lives. Now that the time is finally upon them, only Quinn and Shinobu pass the final test. John, angry over his failure and past transgressions against his family, goes on a rampage. Quinn, her mom, and Shinobu manage to escape to Hong Kong, but life there is no better. Quinn forgets her past life, but Shinobu goes into a downwards spiral. When John finally catches up with them almost two years later, they are faced with an impossible choice that will forever change their lives.

Seeker really is action-packed, but sometimes to its detriment. So much energy is spent on keeping the story moving that many important world-building elements are left out, leaving the reader feeling foggy. Mainly, two very important elements of the story - what Seekers really are and what exactly a disruptor does - are not fleshed-out. Unfortunately, the whole story hinges on these two concepts.

There is a sequel to Seeker, Traveler, and hopefully some of these points are addressed in it, including more on the reason behind the airship Traveler, which belongs to John's family. Unlike the world, the characters are well-developed, but they are just not likable. Quinn is annoying, John is despicable, Shinobu is distant. The most likeable is Maud, who is not part of the trio, but rather a Dread, a component of the Seeker world that actually is discussed in depth as the story progresses.

I really wanted to like Seeker, but it just left me feeling lost. We will see if Arwen Elys Dayton resolves these issues in Traveler.

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