Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane

Title: Indigo Awakening (The Hunted #1)
Author: Jordan Dane
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Release Date: December 18, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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.

This book reminds me a bit of several TV shows - especially The Tomorrow People.  A new breed of human has evolved with special powers.  In Indigo Awakening, the powers are different for everyone - and the "normal" people that know about them are quite scared.  A group knows as the Believers is determined to get rid of them all - they don't care that most of them are just kids.

Enter Lucas and Rayne Darby.  Lucas is an indigo kid and Rayne is his normal sister who doesn't have a clue what is going on at the beginning.  She only knows Lucas is in trouble.  I didn't quite connect to either character - there was too much jumping around to really get attached.  We also meet Gabe - he's something else completely different.  I feel closer to him than most of the other characters by the end - and I really loved his "dog".

This story is full of build up as the Believers hunt for Lucas and try following Rayne and Gabe to find him.  Lots and lots of build up to a knock down fight that just didn't quite live up to my expectations.  It was good - things went bad, things went right, the story move don.  I didn't expect such a major show down so early in the series and since it was seemed so big, I wonder where the author is going to take us next.  I'll find out soon.  Crystal Fire is in my bag and ready to go.

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