Review: Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane

Indigo Awakening by Jordan DaneBecause 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 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. Rayne’s only hope of saving her brother is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.

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Review

It’s been years since I’ve heard of, and delved into, the idea of Indigo Children. Once it piqued my interest and as I began reading Indigo Awakening I remembered that interest and I wondered why I hadn’t come across the theory used in stories before. Once again the idea of Indigo Children has fired up my imagination, but I’m not sure if Indigo Awakening fed it enough. There’s a certain level of complexity to the story, but at the same time there were areas that bothered me.

Unless I’m watching Gossip Girl, I find it hard to enjoy a story full of beautiful people. I have nothing against beautiful people, naturally they’re nice to look at, but I don’t find it realistic to have so many picture perfect people in groups where you wouldn’t expect them to congregate. Such as a warren of abandoned tunnels… Maybe they’d be in a fashion shoot or a model slumber party, but not in a warren of tunnels.

I think stunning and beautiful characters make for boring and non-memorable features in stories. All I remember about any of the main character features in Indigo Awakening is someone had amber coloured eyes and long hair. That’s it. None of what I could imagine of their faces or physique has stuck in my mind. This is something that might not matter, and maybe it’s just me, but I find it makes it hard for the characters to leave an impression as their features and their personalities create a package.

Beyond my gripe with character description I found the story to be engaging after I finally got into it. It didn’t really hook me until the end, even though I read the whole story, but I found it was complex enough to make me want to read after a certain number of pages. There’s some pretty twisted ideas present and it’s not overly discussed or gratuitous at all, but there’s enough there to give a sinister underlining and make you appalled with the bad guys. Stupid bad guys.

What I liked about this story with using Indigo Children is that it wasn’t far fetched. I find some stories to leave a doubt in the back of my mind while reading. A doubt directly connected to wondering why adults would hunt those children, but in Indigo Awakening it reminded me of the X-Men and that’s something that makes sense to me. Granted it is a premise that’s been tried again and again, but it doesn’t mean the cliché of hunting down extraordinary human beings, children or no, has stopped hitting a nerve.

I’m not sure if I’ll continue on with the next in the series, I think it depends on where I am at mood-wise, but I am grateful to Jordan Dane for getting me reading again after several weeks. I was having some trouble really getting into the spirit of reading (the amount of books I picked up… ridiculous), but I was able to start, continue, and finish Indigo Awakening.

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