Hey everyone! I’m here today to talk to you about Seize Today by Pintip Dunn! I am so happy to be apart of the blog tour for this book and was thankful to be given the chance to do so!
For those that don’t know Pintip is the author of the Forget Tomorrow trilogy! I’ll insert some pictures down here, as well as her author profile link here: Author Website
Seize Today by Pintip Dunn
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Summary: Seventeen-year-old precognitive Olivia Dresden is an optimist. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can literally see the path to goodness in each person—if only he or she would make the right decision. No one is more conflicted than her mother, Chairwoman Dresden, and Olivia is fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.
But when the Chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, a boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia is forced to reevaluate her notions of love and faith. With Ryder’s help, Olivia must come to terms with who her mother is in the present—and stop her before she destroys the world.
*Thank you Netgalley for the e-Arc*
So I liked this book more than I did the first one. I don’t know why, because it’s usually opposite with me. But I found Olivia really interesting and I thought she was a really great character! It was interesting reading about her loyalty to her mother, who really is a horrible person but she refuses to really see that about her. I think it was great that we had the story from her POV because I liked reading about the different directions things could go in and seeing how her talent worked.
I did like that we saw Callie and Logan again in this book, as well as Jessa. I didn’t click with Callie and Logan in the first book, but this book was better with them in my opinion.
I think I just connected with Olivia more because her story was so much more emotional and it really pulled at your heartstrings. Olivia didn’t have a great childhood and you always felt so horrible for her.
I think it also warmed my heart that while Olivia’s mother, Chairwoman Dresden, Olivia would always hope that her mother would make the right choice.
It still sort of boggled my mind how she could be so loyal to her mother when she never made the right choices.
I think a main complaint I had was that Ryder wasn’t as active in this book, which bummed me out because I wanted to hear more from and about him so I wish that he was included more in this book. I did think that this trilogy was tied up well, and it didn’t feel like any loose threads were left. It’s always good because it gets frustrating when things are left unsolved, because you never got the answers you wanted.
Going back to Ryder, I think he really was interesting because he tended to contradict himself a lot. He was also a very angry character. It’s understandable considering what he went through, but it just always interested me that he was that way. He was also very closed off and didn’t trust anyone really. Again, understandable. It was interesting because his relationship with Jessa really changed in this book and it was shocking at first seeing how different he was with her.
I also thought this story did well going into the whole science of precognition, as that was always an interest of mine. But I think this book as definitely sci-fi heavy and I thought the author did a really good job with that!
Overall this series was interesting, and I felt that it got better as it went on. If you’re interesting in sci-fi then I think you’ll really enjoy this book and series. But I recommend this series to everyone who finds it interesting!
Let me know in the comments your thoughts and if you’ve read it before as I would love to know!
I’ve also included an excerpt down below for you all to check out!
Eleven years earlier…
I pull the lever of the cage, switching the tunnel onto a different track, trying to confuse the mice.
I know exactly how the future will play out, of course. I know which mice will fall down the trap and which ones will smack into the see-through glass wall. I know which mice will get hopelessly lost. I even know which ones will run the maze correctly on the very first try.
I like watching them anyway. They wriggle over one another like worms, and their whiskers twitch when they’re at a corner between two paths. But what I like most is how they come to me when I call.
Picking up a mouse, I run my fingers over its soft fur and warm body. It looks at me with unblinking pink eyes, and I think it could be my friend.
Of course, I can see which mice will come, so I know which ones to call. Rodents are predictable like that. Humans, not so much. They have too many wants, too many feelings. I don’t see any one future for people. Rather, I see them all—every single pathway their futures might take, flickering before my eyes.
So I have to guess which of my human classmates will want to play with me. Most of the time, I guess wrong.
“Are you bothering my mice again?” a little boy’s voice says. “Fates, Livvy. How many times do I have to tell you? Leave them alone!”
Startled, I let go of the mouse and look up at Tanner Callahan, the other six-year-old who hangs around the scientists’ labs. I’m here because my mom’s the head of the Future Memory Agency, or FuMA, and he’s here…I guess ’cause he has nowhere else to be.
He’s got black hair that pokes up in the back, and his skin sticks too closely to his bones. I thought this meant he wasn’t eating enough, but MK, our child-minder, said that grief over his parents’ deaths had burrowed holes through his resources.
This makes me think of the mice digging through the straw, and my chest aches. I flash forward to his futures. He still has hundreds of branches remaining, but in most of them, one thing is the same: he will be sad and lonely until he kisses our classmate Jessa ten years in the future.
I don’t know why kissing should change anything. But I do know how it feels to be lonely and sad.
We don’t have to be like this. I could be his friend. I just have to figure out the right thing to say.
“Jessa and I are going to rule the world one day.” It can’t hurt to bring up the girl he smushes lips with. Maybe if he thinks she and I are friends, he’ll like me, too. “You know Jessa, right? The girl with the teardrop eyes? She’s my best friend.” Not true. I think Jessa only talks to me because she’s nice. But he doesn’t have to know that.
“Oh yeah? Well someday, I’m going to be the inventor of future memory,” he shoots back. “And then we’ll see who’s more important.”
I bite my lip. That wasn’t what I meant. I wasn’t trying to brag or compare or compete. The futures containing our friendship begin to fall away, one by one. I guessed wrong once again.