Review: Indigo Awakening
INDIGO AWAKENING by Jordan Dane was released in the U.S. on December 18, 2012, in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order in all formats online at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.
Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 304 pages.
INDIGO AWAKENING is the first book in author Jordan Dane’s The Hunted series. The second book, CRYSTAL FIRE, is also slated for release this year.
Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.
Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.
A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.
INDIGO AWAKENING is the incredibly imaginative and immensely entertaining first book in author Jordan Dane’s new The Hunted series. A fascinating and somewhat chilling story with a unique premise in young adult fiction, this book will bring readers into a deadly world filled with action, suspense and a touch of mystery.
Set in what could be a modern-day Los Angeles, the story follows Rayne Darby as she searches for her missing brother Lucas. When Rayne reaches a dead end, she finds help from an unlikely source – a mysterious stranger, a boy, who both terrifies her and intrigues her. A boy with abilities that make her believe that her brother may not be crazy after all.
As the story develops, readers will discover a world where children like Lucas are hunted for their abilities and for their differences. Where no price is too great for their capture and containment. And where their lives are meaningless to those who wish to retain the evolutionary status quo.
Once again Author Jordan Dane has brought a refreshingly different subject matter to the genre – that of the Indigo children. With these psychically gifted “children” the author has crafted a story that provokes thought but is still an absolutely captivating and utterly engaging read.
Told from multiple points of view, readers get to see this story from many angles, allowing for not only greater insight into what is happening at each moment, but for tension to mount as events come to a climactic head at the story’s end. While at the outset, readers may find that their connection with the story breaks as it jumps from one perspective to another and moves to different moments in the timeline, once they find the rhythm and the change in viewpoint becomes anticipated, the story begins to flow.
And while readers may not get to make as strong a connection with all the characters in this story, there is more than enough development of Rayne and Gabriel’s characters to keep them the focal point, to make them the most likable and easiest to connect to, and to make their storyline gripping.
INDIGO AWAKENING offers up to the imagination the next evolution of mankind. The Indigo children’s psychic abilities are introduced in this first book in the series, giving readers a taste of what they are capable of, and will likely be delved into a bit deeper as the series progresses and as the characters discover for themselves just what they can do.
With its quick pace, its dark and alluring premise, its edgy and sarcastic heroine, its charming and mysterious hero, INDIGO AWAKENING is an exciting and compelling read that will keep readers on the edge of their seat throughout and as they await just what comes next in the sequel.
Reviewer gives this book…
On a personal note…
I am always excited to read one of Jordan Dane’s stories. I’ve come to anticipate that the story will be thought-provoking, the characters will be my kind of characters – edgy, sarcastic, clever, witty – and that the author will not be afraid to tackle the tough stuff. Her stories are different – in the best possible ways – always memorable and ones that are weightier than they seem upon first glance.
INDIGO AWAKENING is not just some super cool story about kids with wicked awesome powers. It’s not just a series about these special kids being hunted down like animals. It’s a story that has concepts and ideas about human behaviors, their fears and their actions and reactions. It’s a story that definitely provides food for thought.
Of course it’s also that totally entertaining story about kids with crazy awesome abilities that I mentioned. There’s also a swoon-worthy boy with gorgeous eyes and a sexy accent, who is completely shrouded in mystery. There’s a heroine who is absolutely lovable. And there are some really nasty bad guys and girls to detest.
Oh and with the way things end… no, I probably shouldn’t reveal that. Though I had a feeling….
But yeah, I’m definitely dying to find out what happens in the next book in the series.
When I first learned of the idea behind INDIGO AWAKENING I was intrigued. While from just reading the description I didn’t think it sounded too different from the typical story of kids with abilities who were being hunted down, I knew because the author was Jordan Dane that it would be.
And it totally was. Because while these kids have some seriously amazing powers and while the bad guys are horrible for what they’re doing, and have done, to them, I kind of agree with Rayne in that what they can do – what Gabe can do – is definitely scary. And, as the author touched upon in the book, if some of these kids are not so nice, just imagining what they’d be capable of doing with the abilities they have is chilling.
So on some level I understand their enemies fears. Even if I don’t agree with anything they’ve done or might do in the sequel. Which I really can’t wait for, in case I haven’t mentioned it already.
I’m dying to find out what happens next. To see just where this story leads. To see whether justice gets served. To find out what happens with all those threads that were left hanging at the end of the first book… ones I can’t mention here without spoilers.
I loved getting to meet Rayne and Gabe – my two favorite characters. Though Hellboy was a close third. And no, my favorite was most definitely not Dr. Fiona Haugstad. When that one thing happened… let’s just say I couldn’t stop grinning.
But back to my favorite characters….
Rayne is funny and sarcastic, but also determined and devoted and someone who doesn’t let her fears stop her. And although she’s had to develop a certain strength to survive, she does have a vulnerability about her, too. Which makes her very relatable.
Gabriel… well, Gabe is just awesome. What he can do is amazing. The fact that he helps out Rayne when it puts him at risk made him a total hero. And what he did later in the story… yeah, well I can’t reveal that. But the word “awesome” just keeps coming to mind.
I just had this feeling the author would drop a huge bombshell at the end. And while I suspected, I thought my suspicions would be confirmed or denied much earlier. Not right there at the end with no more story left to tell… for now.
And I also knew the author would do something that would just break my heart. While I didn’t know what that would be, I just knew it would happen. And it did. And my heart broke. Even if it wasn’t for the reason I thought it would.
So, yes there was heartbreak. Yes there was a bit of a love story. Yes there was nail-biting suspense. Yes there were some supremely bad dudes. Yes there was an ending that made me want to scream.
And yes there was this story that has totally gotten me to think about things from both sides points of view.
And I love when reading a story makes that happen.
I had a few few favorites. I actually noted twelve passages I adored. There was this certain one about crystal fragments that made me sigh a little… but I decided to go with snark. Because… well, just because.
To make her point, the iguana lashed out its tongue and lunged toward Mia, making her jump. Rayne snorted a laugh.
“That thing probably carries diseases,” her sister said.
“So do you, but hey, for what it’s worth—” Rayne forced a grin and lied “—I think he likes you.”
Mia narrowed her eyes and didn’t say anything more about Floyd….
This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher, Harlequin Teen, through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.