Hype is going to kill this book! Ignore every blurb comparing this book to something else — it isn’t what they lead you to believe, but it is a good book in its own right. Think female hero’s journey in a time and place that feels medieval then modern then futuristic and back again. Imagine houses battling for an object that can transport through space and time using an ancient magic. Imagine being torn between giving something to the one you love most or fighting to keep it from them because it will destroy them. Engaging SciFi/Fantasy.
Trained from birth to fulfill her destiny as a Seeker, Quinn believes her hard work and sacrifice will set her on a path to bravery and noble deeds. When her first mission leaves her disillusioned, Quinn must decide how far she will go to escape a horrifying future. Quinn’s cousin and her boyfriend each have a stake in her decisions, and as the line between ally and enemy blurrs, Quinn must choose between the two people she loves the most. I enjoyed this book very much once I quit resenting it for not being the book I thought I wanted. It isn’t perfect — I was annoyed with characters and their weaknesses. Quinn’s cousin made horrible decisions, and I just wanted to take a sword to a couple of die-hard baddies myself. There is also some work involved in reading this book — the changing settings and unfamiliar powers wielded by the characters required some time to understand. However, I was definitely engaged. I think my high school students will be as frustrated, surprised, and ready to talk about this book as I am, and I want to get a copy in their hands right now! Language and situations are appropriate for 9th grade +. Characters do commit violent acts, try to escape guilt through drug abuse, and contemplate suicide, but each of these actions are shown to have negative consequences.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Look for it in our classroom library after March 19, 2015