Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Indigo Awakening - Jordan Dane

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted, #1)Indigo Awakening - Jordan Dane
Grade: YA
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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 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 — even though he scares her.

They discover Lucas is running from the Believers, a fanatical church secretly hunting psychic kids — gifted 'Indigo' teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind. Now Rayne's only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power — a force darker than either of them imagine. A force that could doom them all

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Indigo Awakening is a rather intense read. Its dark, full of mystery and has a touch of romance- some of my favourite elements in novels. Saying that I still can't quite figure out how I feel about this book.

I'm usually not a fan if multiple POVs in novels. I find that as soon as I start getting into the story, the POV changes and I'm forced to try and get into someone else's head all over again. It loses that connection you feel towards the main character because you're not with them for long enough. But the way this book is written, with so many different players, the multiple POVs are necessary in order to get all the information. And there's A LOT going on.
It begins with Lucas Darby weaving his way through the streets of LA following the orders of a voice in his head said that's telling him if he stops the 'Believers' will find him. This voice gives pretty accurate instructions to be a figment of Lucas's imagination. You later find out that these 'Believers' are the people from the mental hospital in which Lucas has escaped. They are also known as the "church".

The "church" is in fact an organization whose goal is to "save the masses from a future they aren't capable of understanding". This means seeking, capturing, studying and eventually killing the Indigo kids-- pretty intense stuff.
What are Indigo Kids? Well apparently they are intelligent, gifted teen psychics who are frequently misdiagnosed with behavioural disorders. Going by this novel, some Indigo Kids claim to see ghosts, others can manipulate minds and some still can mentally "talk" with one another.

Later on, we also get the POV of the head of the "church" as well as the missionaries the organization has hired to capture Lucas.

Rayne is one of Lucas's older sisters and is the only one Lucas truly trusts. She is determined to find him and keep him safe from their older sister (a church employee). On her quest to find her brother she meets a guy called Gabriel, whom she has an instant connection. Gabriel is someone who is also hiding a dark secret and is essentially running from his past, but in order to help Lucas, he is forced to stop running and takes control of his life.

We also get to read the POV of other Indigo Kids in hiding. As I said before there's A LOT of changes in perspectives in this novel.

I liked that this book was based on something that could very well be real in this world. It makes you question whether that person you know who you thought was a little.... eccentric.. could in fact be an 'Indigo Kid'.

I'm actually looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book. The ending of book indicates some interesting things are in store for book 2.


Originally Posted on Goodreads


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