Seeker isn’t what the PR machine promised, but I liked it anyway

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Seeker isn’t what the PR machine promised, but I liked it anyway

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.

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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

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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