The Light of Reason

The Light of Reason

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Orah and Nathaniel return home with miracles from across the sea, hoping to bring a better life for their people. Instead, they find the world they left in chaos.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Science Fiction

WINNER: Feathered Quill Book Award - Gold Medal: Science Fiction/Fantasy

WINNER: Readers' Favorite Book Awards - Bronze Medal - Fiction-Dystopian

“But what are we without dreams?”

A new grand vicar, known as the usurper, has taken over the keep and is using its knowledge to reinforce his hold on power.

Despite their good intentions, the seekers find themselves leading an army, and for the first time in a millennium, their world experiences the horror of war.

But the keepmasters’ science is no match for the dreamers, leaving Orah and Nathaniel their cruelest choice—face bloody defeat and the death of their enlightenment, or use the genius of the dreamers to tread the slippery slope back to the darkness.

Kirkus Reviews: "In this third installment, Litwack gives fans a plot both action-driven and cerebral. All around, a superbly crafted adventure. An enthralling finish to a thoughtful, uplifting sci-fi series."

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS the multiple award-winning third book in the extraordinary "The Seekers," a series that has received many awards (for all 3 books) and exceptional reviews This is a series you do not want to miss. [Dystopian, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Religion]

Books by David Litwack:

  • The Children of Darkness (The Seekers - Book 1)
  • The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers - Book 2)
  • The Light of Reason (The Seekers - Book 3)
  • The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky
  • Along the Watchtower

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  • The "Panhelion Chronicles" Series by Marlin Desault
  • The Jakkattu Vector by P.K. Tyler

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622534388
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication date: 11/17/2016
Series: Seekers Series , #3
Edition description: First Softcover ed.
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

AUTHOR: The urge to write first struck at age sixteen when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the wild night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by the northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process -- and without prior plan -- becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.

David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

EDITOR: Lane Diamond has over 120 published books to his editing credit, including many multiple award-winners, across many genres and styles.

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The Light of Reason (The Seekers, #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
What began in the spectacular book, The Children of Darkness, and then continued in the equally-spectacular, The Stuff of Stars, now concludes with this, The Light of Reason. Let us just begin with the fact that this author has most definitely created a memorable ending for this great series that speaks to readers. First, a quick recap: This journey stars childhood friends, Orah and Nathaniel—two kids who grew up in the very small village of Little Pond. Like most who are born in areas that are limited when it comes to things to do, Orah and Nathaniel always wanted to see the world and experience life outside the borders of their town. Little Pond was not always considered a “nice area.” In fact, a thousand years ago the “Darkness” came upon the village; a world ruled by fear and violence commenced, where technology brought about evil. It was the vicars of the Temple of Light who introduced peace and kept it for centuries by utilizing what they called “temple magic.” When Thomas—Orah and Nathaniel’s pal—returned from the Temple after his teaching, he was a depressed, broken young man. And when Orah received her summons to go to said temple to receive her instruction, Nathaniel rushed to save her from becoming just as broken. This journey went into the prisons of Temple City, and allowed readers to join Orah and Nathaniel’s escape as they kept one step ahead of lies and secrets in order to find the forbidden keep. Now, concluding their story, this couple has finally accomplished what they sought out to do...and so much more. They are now on a ship headed home in order to bring about a better, kinder life for the people of Little Pond. They have missed their family and friends terribly, and can’t wait to see their village once again. They are also no longer just friends: Orah and Nathaniel return to Little Pond as husband and wife. The ship they travel aboard was designed by the dreamers, some of which have accompanied them home. The first glimpse of their past comes in the form of a bright light cutting through the fog; a light that blazes from the top of a wooden tower on the seashore that had never been there before. Nathaniel’s father is waiting for their arrival. But instead of being the vibrant man they once knew, he is now a weary soul who looks as if death is only a short distance away. The reason for this comes with a tale that includes the disappearance of a loved one, and a mighty, evil grand vicar (AKA: The Usurper) who has literally strived for power and has been crushing anyone and anything that gets in his way or attempts to usurp his reign. Orah and Nathaniel planned for a fabulous homecoming, where their newly acquired wisdom, combined with a “special treasure” they have brought with them, would usher in a new age for Little Pond. Unfortunately, a horrific battle lay in front of them instead. The seekers are about to become leaders of an army that will have to fight evil in order to see the days of enlightenment begin. In a nutshell: Start with Book 1 and immerse yourself in these incredible seekers, dreamers, keepmasters, and more. You will be completely pleased with this author’s incredible writing, the flow of the dialogue, and will ultimately fall in love with two young people who grew up to be incredible adults. Quill says: Make room on your bookshelves because this is definitely a trilogy you will want to read again and again.
SBEACHER More than 1 year ago
It was a pleasant surprise how quickly I was drawn back into this fantastical world after reading “The Children of Darkness” and “The Stuff of Stars” and that was almost a year ago. The third and final installment of “The Seekers Series”, “The Light of Reason”, had me hooked from the get go, with a rousing story that is got better as it went, and characters who still delight. David Litwack weaves a wonderful tale, filled with all the tropes that make up a good dystopian story and series.. Although with the first book the sweep of the story was not yet epic in scope, it certainly turned out to be and you could practically feel the dark and sinister plot building in the background. There is more to this evil than meets the eye. If, after reading the first book, you are unsure whether to continue, don’t be… It only gets better. Although it sounds clichéd, I honestly could not put this book down and can think of no better way to describe my experience. It inspired me more than most fantasy novels do as it spoke of deeper concepts than I had expected, including trust, loyalty, and the challenge of rising above what we foresee ahead and what we see inside ourselves. It’s not easy to find a new fantasy author that you haven't read that is decent. Especially one that will take you to a world that seems so real that you want to book a flight to take you there. David Litwack is one such author. The way he developed his characters from the gripping first chapter and right through to the end was spellbinding. If there is one thing that is so frustrating with authors that are excellent storytellers is that you finish the book in a week then have to wait for a long time for the next one to come. This series is already all published and I’m excited to have discovered another great Indie read! Although you really wouldn’t know it is an Indie author judging by the quality of the writing, and the high quality formatting, and editing. Well done Mr Litwack. You’ve got me as a fan.
CodyBCB More than 1 year ago
"The Light of Reason”, the third and final book in the “The Seekers” trilogy by David Litwack - picking up right where “The Stuff of Stars” left off - ranks a solid 3.5 for me. There are elements of this book that I've come to really enjoy from Litwack’s writing: strong characters, engaging conflicts of morality and right and wrong…good and evil, dark and light…and deep story-building, but in all honesty, there just wasn't enough of a deep thrusting tension to warrant a higher rating from me. It feels so “safe” to an extent that I don’t have any emotional reaction of fear or worry for our MC’s and know that it will all quickly be just fine, and this diminishes the emotional rollercoaster that is necessary for the feel of a great book (for me). Yeah there is a battle and some people die, but no one who really matters to us, the reader. But while I do enjoy the characters and writing (excellent) I felt the plot was dragging too much and it’s a struggle to become more invested. At the end we only get some minor payoff as it felt sort of easy and predictable. Probably more geared toward younger readers who perhaps aren’t as jaded as I? I nice book and trilogy, just didn’t rock my world.
JeanOJO More than 1 year ago
what I really enjoy most about these books, and what sets them apart from many others in my opinion is how David Litwack has a way of introducing such depth to his characters in ways that are not usually seen in New Adult/Young adult dystopian novels, at least what I’ve seen. They usually feel like representations of the standard clichés, and while there are familiar features here as well, maybe it’s their dialogue, or unpredictable actions, or profoundness of thought and reason, I’m not sure, but they never strike me as just being the type of ‘stock’ players that I’m accustomed to, and that is a good thing. Because without believable characters that you can get behind, you have nothing… all the fantastic world-building and plot layout won’t save the story. Here, in fact when there were times where I felt the story lacked focus with too many tangents and open holes, and at times was too slow for my tastes… would have liked more heightened tension and conflict/consequences throughout, the characters (esp. Orah) kept it together for me and made me want to continue on - because I believed in her and them. But still a series that I thoroughly enjoyed and while I’m sad that there won’t be any more in this universe, I do look forward to more from David Litwack in the future.
MarcellaGonz More than 1 year ago
all these books I’ve read from David Litwack (this is the 4th or 5th one now and the third in this series) have all been way better than I think they will be when I dive in. I should know by now that I will love anything thing this guy writes. “The Light of Reason” was a deeply emotional, fun, suspenseful, action-packed read. This is a really hard series and book to describe because so much happens it is impossible to sum it up properly and do it any sort of justice…for me what I liked the most was the beautiful, high-quality prose that is so literary and just reads so smoothly – even during the long parts of narration that can be dry or boring in the hands of less skilled writers….. Although I do enjoy the dialogue and the way it really brings the characters personalities to life and progresses the plot. And it’s funny too ;-0. Some interesting twists in this one that I didn’t see coming, and with that ending, I don’t know if I’m happy or sad that its all over, but I know one thing for certain – I wish there more. Keep them coming! Recommend for ages 15 and older. The main characters are younger adults (this all happens before Orah’s 23rd B-day) but it will appeal to all ages. I’m nearly 50 and loved it!
DarleneCupp More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I absolutely love this series. The combination of the great characters, gorgeous writing, and the fantastic storylines with great messages of strength, unity, light and good make this book, “The Light of Reason” as well as the two others in the series a true marvel to read. It challenges the reader to put it down. Mr. Litwacks’s prose allow for easy reading, and his descriptions are just enough to help me ‘see’ and ‘feel’ but not enough to bog me down with useless details, which is something that I find to be quite tedious in most sci/fi and fantasy. Once again Mr. Litwack has proven himself to be one of Little Pond’s most talented writers and while I’m bummed that this series has come to an end, which had to happen eventually, I suppose, I can only imagine where his other books will go from here. In my mind this is one of those books that makes you feel better for having read it, It is entertaining, yes, but you also are reinforced with positive messages of life that stick with you long after you are done, and It’s not perfect… but darn near.
LeoG2 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars In my opinion, few indie authors in the sci-fi, dystopian genre today have solid characters and a solid, creative and believable plot interwoven. Usually it is either really good characters who steal the show, or a really good plot that overshadows the characters. In “The Light of Reason”, Mr. Litwack continues to demonstrate his ability to weave the two together seamlessly, as he has the whole way through this awesome series. This allows for a deeper feeling of the book and a better understanding of what is going on. Readers are more able to become invested in the characters as well as caring about what is going on in the story. I tried to take my time in reading this one as I knew once it was over that was it and the series was done. But I didn’t do very well and finished in three nights. The only thing I wish was different was that there was more of a refresher in the beginning as it had been awhile since I’d read “The Stuff of Stars” and I’d forgotten what happened at the end, and what was going on with Orah and Nathaniel and at the keep. But I did find my footing, it just felt like the beginning was rocky for me. But this is a series I’ll re-read back-to-back again some day! Recommend for ages 12 and older.
BenjisMom More than 1 year ago
Personally I think that “The Light of Reason” was the best of the series by far. What a wonderful way to wind up this incredible journey! David Litwack goes into more character detail and story lines, while still fast paced and interesting. Great fight scenes (and dialogue). The action is well written, as are the characters. Enjoyed Orah and Nathaniel as usual (and Thomas, Zachariah, Caleb, Kara, and the rest). The characters and story got better and better with each novel in this series I think! Love the almost ‘supernatural’ vibe that happens, in addition to being an epic dystopian/fantasy. “The Light of Reason” is one of those books that makes you think and is enlightening, but without being too heavy handed. We get Litwack’s message loud and clear, but it’s not contrived or preachy… I always look forward to reading his work and am never disappointed. This book and series overall was no exception. A clean read (minor battle scenes) suitable for teens through adults. Recommend to start the series from the beginning and read the books in order.
JhonniP More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars well, one of my favorite authors does not disappoint, I totally love David Litwack’s books! So much tapestry of magic, good and evil, adventure and treachery, grit I really enjoyed the returning main characters (Orah and Nathaniel) , especially now that we’ve gotten to know them a bit better, and especially liked the glimpses of secondary characters in more interesting more fleshed out roles. I was flying right through this one, it just had a nice natural flow and great pacing up until the ending. The plot in this one gives some answers, and since the flow was so natural as it was, there wasn't any big surprises for me, and I would have preferred some real shocks here and there. But what really stood out, for me, was the character development (particularly Orah as she becomes the leader/fighter). Some of the others haven’t evolved or changed as much as I’d like. Enjoyed the world-building and setup with the various groups and how in a way they represent or modern world and current political climate, even though presented in a fantasy style storyline. I noticed a few minor typos here and there, overall it has a terrific editing job in terms of structure and grammar. Very well done. There is some very mild violence, but nothing too horrible that mature teens on up won’t be able to handle. Not gratuitous but part of the important storyline. Emotionally complex and character driven, recommend.
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
I have a real “love/hate” relationship with these books from David Litwack. I love reading them so much, that I hate that I am done! “The Light of Reason” was an incredible finale to this wonderful series, and now that I have thoroughly lost myself in this magical world of his for some time now, I’m not sure what I will read now that I have finished this series because I want to read more like it. Litwack has set the bar pretty darn high in terms of sheer enormity of plot and STORY, with more angles, levels, and subplots than I ever could have imagined going in to this when I read the first book “Children of Darkness” a few years ago. And It’s been a relief too, I might say, because there is nothing more painful than fighting through a series that bores you or has lost your interest (I always try to finish a series once I start), and if anything I think these books get even better as they go along. I thought “The Light of Reason” to be even stronger than “The Stuff of Stars” as we didn’t have as much setup and backstory, and really start in the thick of things (directly after the end of that book), and it just keeps going full steam ahead. The ending, while granting some resolution for the story arc also provides closure for the series and characters as well, but I wish there would be more! Recommend for fans of light dystopian, sci-fi, fantasy and drama.
GillianH More than 1 year ago
This book, like the others before it, is exceedingly well written---so much so that I have really no other option but to give this book 5 stars. It really is an amazing work, but I can also see how David Litwack has grown as an author over the past few books. Reading his work is always bittersweet for me. I know I’m going to get an amazing story, with unique characters told in a way that only he can… All the wonderful writing comes with a price – and that is that it changes you a little, it’s altered my perception of what dystopian can and should be. Sure there are the books that are all the rage that include killing everyone and everything in sight, but these books are different. In those types of books always feel like I’m observing the story from the outside. David Litwack does an incredible job where he makes it a point to bring you there feeling the pain, fear, anguish, hope, and mortality to your front door and inviting them in. There is no escaping the ‘personal’ experience one has while reading these books, and when it happens to the characters, it happens to you. And to me that is what makes these books stand out from much Fantasy fare these days. A great combination of humanity and ethos and fantasy, told in beautiful narrative that is both rough and profound at times, but always authentic. Great job.
NicolaF More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars One thing that I enjoy the most about this series, and in this book “The Light of Reason” in particular is that there are mysteries and oddities about this world and storyline that are revealed slowly, but didn't give me the feeling that Litwack was hiding the ball just to stretch out the suspense. It's a book that made my brain work a little to follow all of the threads and layers, rather than making me want to skim ahead just to get to the end, which happens more often than not with me and books. At times though, I found myself yearning for more danger and drama and real action, not things that were so quickly settled or easily diffused or happened off screen… and at times questioned the need to have so ‘safe’ especially in the era of dystopians where young adults are frequently facing real life and death situations on the regular. While it happens a few times here, it is very brief, and not very dramatic (wgith the exception of Nathaniel for a bit). But that’s just my opinion and on the whole I thought it was a really intriguing storyline, with enough depth and detail to really suck me into this world and keep me there… for months now. And I’m not complaining one bit. This is the last book in the series and it does wrap up well and I recommend reading the other ones first and in order.
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
sometimes I didn't want to read “The Light of Reason”, by David Litwack but I mean that in a good way. I just didn't want to finish and have this delightful and entertaining series be over already. I have really lost myself in these books over the past several months, and I have been continuously surprised with how much I love it and thought the plot was great, even though I'm not normally so in love with how dystopian as a whole is written. I usually find it a tad bit boring/cliché when it comes to the world-building in this genre, and always so bleak and depressing. I'll admit it...on occasion I felt like this book/series had more substance than action (which I usually like to keep me interested), however, the way the lives of the main characters in this story (Orah, Nathaniel and Thomas, and the others) were interwoven into each other was so interesting, and the interactions with the different ‘cultures’ (good and bad) the Greenies, the Dreamers, The Vicars and Deacons, and so one…that I couldn't help but enjoy reading every last bit of this book. It also helped that Litwack’s literary style is one that is just so easy and pleasing to read. Beautiful prose and narrative and fast paced dialogue. The world building was vivid, and for once I could actually envision the scenes as they unfolded, feeling like I was watching a movie. Some tense moments, but not as much as I’d like. The ending felt a tad abrupt to me but the epilogue smoothed it out. I’m sorry that the series has come to an end, but I definitely enjoyed reading it! Recommend for readers age 14 and up and will appeal to adults as well.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
I absolutely have loved “The Seekers” series, and more than I originally anticipated I would. These books meet the criteria for what I'd like to see more of in epic new adult dystopians and sci-fi (although I’d argue this feel more like a fantasy than a science-fiction to me). There is grand action and adventure. There are plenty of varied and creative characters from all walks of life. There is an element of high danger without it choking out the rest of the story. The books will appeal to a broad base of readers, even people who perhaps aren’t hardcore dystopian readers. This feels like a great ‘beginner’s series’ to me as it is beautifully written with all the familiar themes and elements but with a fresh take and characters that are both relatable and down to earth but also unusual. Nothing here feels dumbed down or excessively contrived. In fact, I'd say these books are more ‘intelligent’ than many I’ve read lately – and seems that the whole thing feels more like a metaphor for dreaming, peace, nature, love and light and freedom against control and darkness. Whether you're new to fantasy/dystopian or it's an old love, I'd say this series is worth checking out. It has a little bit of something for everyone.
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
I know this is going to be a really tough book for me to review, just as the others in this series have been. I did enjoy this book, just like the “The Children of Darkness” and “Stuff of Stars”, but there were definitely some parts of it that I liked less... but then again I really did like seeing them come home to Little Pond and face the usurper and fight for the ‘light of reason’ and grow and be strong . So there were some aspects that I sort of enjoyed MORE I guess… I don't really know…. It just felt overall slower than I thought it should, and with less tension for me when I craved more of a prolonged high stakes hook. Maybe I’m just suffering from action/dystopia overload, I don’t know… Although, it still didn't take me long to read as it was so easy to get lost in because like I said before Litwack’s writing is just downright beautiful and so easy to read. Lyrical and atmospheric and just tells a darn good story. So overall a worthy read, I just hope on the future he takes more chances and won’t hesitate to but his heroines/heroes through some perilous danger.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
I don’t generally read sci/fi or dystopia, so the fact I've read 4 of David Litwack’s books now says a lot about how much I enjoy reading his work. The adventures of Orah, Nathanial, Thomas, even Kara, Caleb, Micha, Zachariah and the rest of the wide-supporting cast through three books of “The Seekers Trilogy” has absolutely enraptured me and taken me to another world that I don’t want to leave. David Litwack can write a story with rare skill. He shows you a world through so many different characters’ eyes and makes it matter, makes it believable, and makes it vital. Some elements of this story are a bit more complex and even surreal almost, but written with a modern style and a literary skill that one rarely sees in the genre, even when it’s dark and gritty and raw. What Litwack does best, is build, develop, and breathe life into relationships and the dialogue. He writes great characters that you can believe in, but it's in interactions that they truly shine. The building action grows at a slow but steady pace through the books and continues to build, taking us to the promised payoff in this one. But even though this is the end of the journey for our heroes (and anti-heroes) and their remarkable story of triumph and truth, what an amazing journey it has been! Recommend.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
after reading maybe a few too many fantasy/dystopians recently, that were perhaps a bit light on the substance, it was a breath of fresh air to delve back into the world of Orah and Nathaniel (et al), in the third book of the “The Seeker” series. Like the two before it, “The Light of Reason” is impressively complex and layered, with an almost psychological edge that makes you really think—just the way I like my fantasies, and I suppose my reading generally. It had been a long time since I’d read the book before this (“The Stuff of Stars”) and these books really should be read in order, I did feel lost in the beginning as I’d forgotten where we were in the story, and I actually wish we could have had more of a quick summary or recap as I do feel like there were important things I’d forgotten. But maybe that’s my own fault. Regardless, it was fun to get reacquainted with these characters and see how much they have grown! I was happy to see them stand up and fight for what was right and that the usurper didn’t go unchallenged. I was hooked into the story and always eager to find out what comes next, especially towards the ending. I expected more of a detailed fight, and thought that it felt a little more tame than what I was expecting/hoping for. I like to have some crazy action in my books, and this one felt more like ‘negotiations’… but still played out strongly and was emotionally riveting right through to the end. Almost flawless editing, just a few weird formatting glitches on occasion but nothing terrible. A solid series that delivers a great message and will appeal to the 16 and older dystopia/sci/fi/fantasy crowd.
TabithaP1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars in some ways I could see hardcore fans of the new wave of Dystopia, fantasy, sci-fi as casting off “The Light of Reason” as derivative, unoriginal, or full of tropes.*shrug* Honestly, I kinda liked that. I read dystopian because I enjoy it. Not every single book needs to be totally genre-shattering. Sometimes I do enjoy the whole epic-quest of good and evil in the search of a grand adventure and the ‘small guy’( or in this case girl) rising up against the bigger, more formidable opponent to protect their worlds.. Course, it helps that David Litwack does it very, very well. The writing quality of all his novels never fails to impress me… the lovely, literary quality of his prose, the descriptive world-building (we really feel like we are right there in Little Pond) and especially the characters. While some feel more fully fleshed out than others (some feel like mere names delivering lines), the important ones all have distinct and powerful personalities. Here we are faced precipice of sorts, and we feel the whole series has been leading up to the events of this book, and the resolution does not disappoint! Recommended for anyone who likes a beautifully written story full of danger and excitement, deep, almost philosophical conflicts of right and wrong, and a strong cast of characters who you can’t help but to fall in love with. I’ll miss Orah and Nathaniel!
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
6.0 stars. Another unbelievably good book by David Litwack. In fact, this whole series has been a completely unexpected delight for me. In addition to creating a superb story with a tight plot (as with all his books I’ve read—not just this one), and unforgettable characters, Litwack advances in subtle but very interesting ways the larger story arc of the series in “The Light of Reason” where we are reunited with characters of the prior story (Orah, Nathaniel, and after a while Thomas) and introduced to many new ones as well. This is the third in the series and I strongly recommend reading the first 2 before as this starts right after the end of the second and you need to understand the setup and backstory of Orah and Nathaniel and their dynamic with the Dreamers, Technos, Greenies, Vicars, etc. This is not a fast read by any stretch, and it will take some time, but it’s totally worth it. I’ve told so many people that they need to read this series. It is so good!!! Such a descriptive and fluid narrative style that is almost poetic and just flows so well you just get swept away. Was a bittersweet ending for me – great resolution, but sad that the series is over! Hope to read more from Mr. Litwack soon.
essieh More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars really great ‘fantasy’ or ‘dystopian’ stories and especially series (as they must carry on the story for longer) have fundamental rules, and they probably go like this: 1) create a rich, imaginative, ‘alternative’ world, 2) put unusual, but relatable and interesting characters in it, and 3) mix up some sequence of interesting things happening around them, happening to them, and being done by them so that they can change this world for the better. Litwack’s latest novel in THE SEEKERS series, “The Light of Reason”, fulfilled all three perfectly. Litwack has managed to create a rich tapestry of characters who are so different, but must come together to resolve their differences for their way of life. The Techies, The Greenies, The Vicars and the deacons, the Seekers, etc, all have different ways they think that their world should be, esp. when Orah and Nathaniel return to Little Pond and find that things aren’t as they hoped. The story builds momentum getting nearly all of them into some form of political, supernatural, or military intrigue and the build to war…. But will it happen? I liked how this all played out and even though I am sad that the series is over it has been quite a remarkable ride. Enjoyed watching Orah grow over the series and will miss her and Nathaniel and Thomas and all the others. Recommend for ages 16 and up.
SherriWarner More than 1 year ago
In many ways, the premise of “The Light of Reason” by David Litwack is a very traditional story of good vs evil and reluctant heroes that are destined to grow into great heroes and ‘save their world’. The saving grace for this book, and the entire Seekers Series, and the thing that separates it from a ton of other books with the exact same premise is Litwack’s engaging writing and his exceptional world building and how even though it is ‘fantasy/dystopian’, it has many, many parallels to modern times and attitudes. The characters have their moments, but most are likeable and the cast is suitably large enough to give the story that epic feel to it. Enjoyed growing with them and was satisfied with the resolution. I do wish there were more action and heightened tension, as there were too many places where everything felt ‘safe and fine’, and everything was just being ‘talked about’. So more literary and character driven than ‘action-packed’. Which is fine, but I think it would have had more impact. I think the “Seekers Series” books are worthy of being read by all dystopian fans. Beautiful writing and characters we grow to love with a noble cause. Recommend.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
while reading “The Light of Reason” – the fourth or fifth book I’ve now read from this author, it really hit me that David Litwack makes writing scifi/dystopian stories seem simply effortless. At first glance, Litwack hardly bothers to do more than sketch his characters, yet they become huge so quickly. Usually characterization has to be done well to create a memorable character, but all Litwack gives them is quirky and authentic personalities that shine through and make them real, not lost in the large ensemble cast of players. I can’t even really picture what they look like individually, yet their personalities manage to carry the plot forward strongly, and I’d definitely consider this more of a ‘character-driven’ novel rather than a pure ‘action-driven’ novel (like say Hunger Games). This one has more of a philosophical, almost ‘profound’ feel at times, searching for the balance between dreamers and the truth, and I appreciate the level of intelligence, compassion and maturity of the characters. Litwack also has an amazing talent for architecture and world-building. We visualize each scene and feel thrust into this world that is richly layered, increasingly complex, and brilliantly realized. Was a bit disappointed with the ending as is did feel anticlimactic in my opinion, as it felt there was a huge buildup coming that never quite materialized. But overall the series is a fantastic success and now that I am done with this series I will miss it. Recommend for Young adult fans of SciFi and Dystopia, but will certainly appeal to adults as well.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
David Litwack is a prolific, multi-award winning author of several Sci/Fi, Dystopian; fantasy novels that are geared toward the YA crowd, but are complex and intelligent enough to appeal for an older audience as well. I’ve read several of his other books, including the first 2 in “The Seekers” series (“The Children of Darkness” and “The Stuff of Stars”), and now this one, “The Light of Reason”. So it’s safe to say that I am a fan :-). In this one, as in the others as well, Mr. Litwack has proven himself to be an author of great talent for weaving complex plots brought passionately to life by the strong, intelligent, and authentic characters, and I like how his novels are just as much character-driven as they are plot-driven. It’s funny because I rarely read much YA fantasy books before, but Mr. Litwack has me hooked on his books and I’m so happy I gave them a chance! Even though the main characters from other book here (Orah, Nathaniel, and eventually Tomas), we meet several new ones as well who help to propel this saga to the next level… and in this case it’s war! Seeking a better life, but that mean fighting against the powerful vicars who have returned to power. Great twists throughout, and fluid, fast paced writing keep you engaged ‘til the very end. Highly recommended read for all who enjoy a great adventure with strong characters. Note: these books really do need to be read in order as the events that happen in this one is a direct continuation of the first two and the author doesn’t really catch readers up on plot or character backstory here. But they are great books and not to be missed!
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
this book “The Light of Reason”, in fact this whole “Seekers” series by David Litwack demonstrates what a truly gifted writer can do with the constraints and conventions of the dystopian genre. It has all the required elements - but in a dark and unsettling, almost ‘too true to life’ way, despite the almost magical-feel of the storyline. Litwack’s world feels real, perhaps because, unlike most fantasy writers, he focuses on the lives of seemingly ordinary (young) people caught up in extraordinary events beyond their control and are just pawns on a grander scale. The changing plot forced the characters out of their comfort zones and into situations that challenge them and ultimately transform, on some level. I remember thinking that at the end of “Children of Darkness” (the first book in this series) I wondered what more the characters could do and how the story would evolve and I was very impressed with where Litwack took us. And while there is really just too much ground covered to properly sum up in a brief review, just know that this whole series has exceeded my wildest expectations and kept getting better and better. Thought the ending was beautiful and I’ll be sad not to have any more to read, but happy to see he has other books out there!
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
This book, and this whole “Seekers Series”, in fact, has everything you could possibly want in a classic dystopian/fantasy: humble beginnings; the rise of young heroes (heroines); reluctant self-discovery; the battle of light and dark, enemies of various types; good guys with heroic and noble motivations; a unique power system; remote, mystical-feeling places; a quest for survival; a creative world with a battle for good and evil... I could go on and on. This, to me, is storytelling at its best. This is such an epic feeling series, you can get completely absorbed in it if you want to. David Litwack’s world is so well-developed as the books progress that I almost believe I've been there with Orah and Nathaniel and the others. I love the feeling of being in this world, and these 3 novels in the Seekers universe lets me soak it all in. Enjoyed the resolution and liked that this one had so much depth and a powerful message of peace and hope. This whole series is an absolute must read for fans of YA/NA Dystopian/ Sci-fi/light fantasy.