The Quest by Dani Hoots
Genre: YA Scifi
Publication Date: October 1, 2016
Format: I was given a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review
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Eleven Years ago, my life was ripped away from me. My father, my brother, my humanity. Everything. I was thrown into the Kamps, created to become a mindless machine. But I fought against it, not letting them take away my memories of the past. And I succeeded. It has been seven years since I was taken out of the Kamps and made into the Emperor's Shadow. Now I only take orders from him, and him alone, without question. That is, until my brother, whom I thought was dead, shows up and kidnaps me in order to help him find some long lost planet that our father used to tell stories about. According to the legend, any who find the planet Sanshli can rewrite the past, and my brother wants to use it to destroy the Empire. My loyalty will always be to the Emperor, but what if this planet is real? And the longer I stay with my brother, the more I begin to find that the Emperor has been keeping secrets from me. But I can't turn my back on him... Or can I? *This is the second publication of "The Quest" by Dani Hoots*
This review is so, so overdue. I read the book back in November around Thanksgiving but I just couldn’t seem to find the time to actually write the review for the book so it’s been a while since I read it but this review will still reflect my thoughts from then. This review is also a little shorter than most of my other ones.
So Dani reached out to me a long time ago and asked if I was interested in reading The Quest, and after reading just the summary, I was hooked. This isn’t the type of book that I’m usually into reading but I’m really glad that I read it.
The main character is Arcadia, a freaking headstrong girl, which is something I love to see in a female main character. Everything was torn away from her 11 years ago when an attack hit her planet and she was taken and trained to become basically a machine for the Emperor. She’s not one of the most powerful people and the only female at that. But then, when her brother, whom she thought was dead from 11 years ago suddenly shows up and is prepared to fight the emperor for the planet their father told them about, Arcadia is left with the most difficult choice ever. Is she going to stick with family, or the emperor.
Just within the first few scenes after the attack, we see just how powerful Arcadia is because grown men are having to follow her words. Of course, not all of them like to, and some try to ‘take back their rightful power’ just because they’re male, and a female should not be in charge.
This book also focuses a little on family honor, in such that Arcadia was torn between helping her family, because, well, they are her family. I found this book to be different from other sci-fi ones that I’ve read mainly because of that.
There was just something that was missing for me in the book. I can’t quite pinpoint it but it just seems like a tiny little something is missing. But with that said, this book was well written and made me like it (and if you’ve been on this blog long enough you’ll find that I don’t usually like to read sci-fi books). I believe that this book is the first in the series so I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Overall, I give the book a 7/10 (4/5 stars). It was a well written book and I enjoyed it quite a lot. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series because I really want to know more about what happens next/ what the future holds for all of the characters. If you like sci fi books, then I recommend that you give this one a try and I’m pretty sure that you’ll like it a lot.
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