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“Being a Seeker is bigger than you or me, bigger than personal fears.”

Since childhood, Quin, her distant cousin Shinobu, and her boyfriend John have been training for the noble title of Seeker. They’ve been told for years that Seekers fight evil, right wrongs, and make the world a better and safer place. Quin can’t wait to become a true Seeker, but on the night that she finally takes her oath, she finds that everything has been a lie. Seekers aren’t noble, and the things she’s being asked to do are awful. Disgusted with herself and everything her family stands for, Quin wants to disappear, but doesn’t know where to go. She ends up on the other side of the world, but she can’t hide forever.

Like most people, I was drawn to Seeker because of the email I got from Netgalley with comparisons to A Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. I should probably know by now that most (if not all) books marketed with those comparisons are going to fall short. Because the first thing you should know going into Seeker is that it is absolutely nothing like either of those series. Once you get that out of your head and take Seeker for what it is, a vaguely dystopian story about a girl struggling to overcome the path her father set for her, it becomes a much less frustrating read.

I was more than a little nervous going into this one, because about 90% of the reviews I saw were ranting about how awful it is. And, to be honest, I did almost abandon this book at least a dozen times. The pacing is off. The plot muddles along with nothing really happening. The characters’ personalities completely change, not just once, but multiple times. The setting is confusing – it is medieval, modern, or futuristic? Why, after 448 pages, do I still have absolutely no idea what a Seeker is supposed to be? And don’t even get me started on why the author decided to make Shinobu and Quin cousins.

But something unexpected happens around the 75% mark. It gets really interesting. It took me six days to get to 75%, and then I promptly finished. The last part of the book was so action-packed that I’m almost tempted to read the next book in the series, but I probably won’t, for fear that it will suffer from the same problems as this one.

The concept of Seeker is great, and with a lot of polishing, I think it could be a great story. Unfortunately, as it is, it’s not quite worth the time and effort that it takes to get to the (admittedly awesome) last quarter.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the free copy.

Final rating: 

For my 2015 reading challenge, I’m checking off #31: a book with bad reviews.

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