Friday, March 17, 2017

#Friday Review - Disruptor by Arwen Elys Dayton (Young Adult, Science Fiction) @arwenelysdayton @DelacortePress

Series: Seeker # 3
Format: Hardcover, 352 PAGES 
Release Date: FEBRUARY 7, 2017

One house will rise.
Quin has spent her life as her father’s pawn. She was trained to kill and manipulated to guarantee her family’s power. And now that she’s broken free of that life, she’s found herself trapped again, hostage to a plot that has been centuries in the making.
It’s taken generations for the pieces to come together, and finally all is in place. Shinobu’s mind has been corrupted, the Young Dread has aligned with John, and Watchers are being awakened and gathered. Now there is nothing that can stop the force of time.
But Quin will no longer be a pawn. Quin is a Seeker. She stands for light in a shadowy world. She will face the vengeance of the past and its enemies and save herself and the ones she loves, or she will die trying.

Disruptor is the third and final installment in author Arwen Elys Dayton's Seeker trilogy. If you've read the previous installments Seeker and Traveler, do go on. If not, I'll do my best not to spoil anything in my review. If I happen to put something in my review that is spoiler-y, please let me know.

For this story, the author weaves her story through the narratives of Quin Kincaid, John Hart, Shinobu MacBain, and a fourth person who gets plenty of storyline, Nott, one of the Middle Dreads watchers. Disruptor picks up right where Traveler left off. As a summary. Quin was left in a place called There. A place in-between reality. It was a betrayal of epic proportions since she trusted the person who did it. Meanwhile, Shinobu has fall fallen out of control because of the focal he wears, and finds an even dangerous person to pull his strings. 

For John, things have come a very long way. He's not the person readers met in the first book who nearly killed Quin, and was so obsessed with her, that he went to diabolical lengths to make life a living hell for her and Shinobu. That was until he met Maud, aka the Young Dread who has taken him under her wing. I have to say that I've actually come to like John, and especially Maud, for what they do over the course of this story. Maud may not fully understand John, but she knows that there is a bigger picture that still hasn't been revealed that needs to be exposed.

As Disruptor picks up, we are introduced to a new character, Dex. Dex is the one who finds Quin There and takes her on an interesting path. Dex is the one who spins quite a tale that has lasting impressions on the reader as well as Quin. Dex even also calls Quin the name of a girl he once knew. As for Quin, she has some puzzles to solve before she can find a way to help Shinobu, or even forgive John for his past aggression's against her. Those puzzles mean that readers get some pretty important insights to the beginnings of the Seekers, and those who came first. She gets more background on who developed the Seeker weapons, how the Dreads came to being as well.  

Because of Dex, and his history lessons and tours of various places Quin never knew existed, they spend a great portion of this story separated from the others. Quin previously discovered some really bad things about the Middle Dread, as well as her own father. Quin, as a seeker, has been trying hard to put the pieces together, and now with Dex, she may finally have what she needs. Quin is a fascinating character. She's a Seeker and a healer who can see the lines of electrical flow. She can manipulate the flow as well which helps save people like Dex.

I am going to say this to my followers, and authors, and everyone else. If you want to get an example of how to wrap up a series, please follow the direction that author Arwen Elys Dayton gives you. She creates a fantastic background, vivid characters, and a world that is pretty damn scary unless you understand what is happening. The questions are answered and the story wraps up with one amazing piece of action and adventure where everyone, villains, heroes, and everyone else is involved gets an opportunity at a happy ending if they choose the right path. The Epilogue is perfect. I can't tell you how awesome I felt after reading the final chapter of this book. I want to encourage others to pick up this series and hope they get the same enjoyment out of the series that I did.

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