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Quest was a pretty lacklustre book, to be completely honest. It featured ‘boy gentleman’ Sam Silverthorne, a young boy living in 1800-England, embarking on a quest to find his father, the famous Arthur Silverthorne, as he sets out to find the mysterious silver bird of paradise.
Arthur had been gone for months and Sam was left under the care of his Aunt and the horrible Lother Quint. After meeting a lovely girl, Alice, Sam believes his life is finally getting better. However, his Aunt kills his pet birds and serves them for dinner when Alice is invited over, causing him to set off to find his father in a fiery bout of anger.
The plot was pretty dry. When Sam left to find his father on a ship, he got from England to South Africa in the space of four pages and in that time interval went from a noble boy gentleman to an unlikeable, disgusting sailor boy. The characters were not fleshed out at all either and were plain unlikeable, especially Sam.
Sam bugged me. Sam doesn’t seem to be a very old fashioned name, which caused him to stick out like a sore thumb. His thinking was stupid, especially considering he was actually an intelligent boy. He decides to venture on a ship to find his father. He doesn’t even know where to go. Why?
The secondary characters were boring as well. Alice had a lot of potential, as did Lother Quint. In the end they were both brushed aside so Sam could save the day singlehandedly. Sam didn’t even mourn at the ‘death’ of his best friend, which I found to be strange.
The ending was rushed and anticlimactic. The book really doesn’t end that well at all; what happened to Quint?
The descriptions used in Quest were utterly awful and the use of commas in particular was very confusing. All in all, Quest was a rather awful read. I suppose it might’ve been aimed for younger readers, but then why was it in the YA section?