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The Seer by David Stahler Jr.
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Aug 16, 2009

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bookshelves: teen-sci-fi, teen-action, teen-fiction, read-in-2009, story
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I didn't read the first in the Truesight series, which might have been helpful but wasn't necessary as they set up the story pretty well. Jacob grew up in Harmony, a colony of people who choose to be blind to avoid the greed and corruption of the world. After gaining sight at age 13, he became an outcast--a Seer--and was forced to run away. In this book, he escapes to the city Melville to find his friend Delaney, only to discover that the city has its own set of evils. With the help of a new friend, he goes to rescue Delaney and make his own way. Reminiscent of themes from the Giver, but not as well done.
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A book reminiscent of The Giver without being its equal by any means, The Seer, the second book in the Truesight Trilogy, is still a worthwhile book to read. Jacob has grown up in a colony of people who choose to be blind, but when he is stricken with sight at age 13, he escapes to the futuristic city of Melville to find his friend—and his identity. However, he is disappointed by the greed and hostility that he was always warned about in the blind colony and feels helpless in a world beyond comprehension. A gruff but kind hermit, Xander, saves him from a Melville gang, helps him find his friend, and begin a new life. But will Jacob ever feel at home anywhere? A story of friendship and community, this book feels familiar and is outdone by other similar books, but the pacing and characters make it hard to put down.
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