I was very excited to jump into another young adult epic Fantasy series when I received the opportunity to review Keeper by Ingrid Seymour. The book starts out exciting enough, but as the novel moved on, I became as confused as the Sam, Greg and Ashby about the Human World and the Morphid World.
What I Liked About the Book
- I liked Sam and Greg. I found their relationship to be believable and real. I also found their confusion about life in the Morphid World vs. the Human World understandable. Perhaps because I was going through the same confusion.
- I like the idea of Morphids and their special skills. I wanted to know more about how they existed in the Human World and more about their skill specializations. That’s one of the reasons I kept reading.
“Love was too vicious; it had fangs and claws that tore the tenderest parts of you.”
What I Didn’t Like About the Book
- Ashby. Ashby’s personality tends to clash with everyone he encounters. There’s not a person in the entire book he gets along with and as a result, I don’t see a reason to even try to like him. All of his actions are driven by the fact that he’s has “more knowledge” about Sam and the Morphid world and he feels his knowledge entitles him to things that may not necessarily be right or even belong to him.
- As much as I like the idea of Morphids, their special skills and their place in the Human World, I also dislike it. For me, there was not enough information about the Morphids and how their society functions within the Human World. This left me confused. What was also frustrating is that the Morphid characters in the book didn’t know much about their own society either and as a result, nothing was explained in great detail for the reader.
In the end, I’m feeling a bit middle of the road about Keeper. I did finish the book as I liked 2 of the 3 main characters and I wanted to see how they would weather the storm. I did like the idea of Morphids, but the lack of definite explanations about their world and their special skills left me frustrated. I’m glad I finished the book, but I don’t feel a driving force to read the rest of the books in the series.