- Publisher: Harlequin Teen
- Format: Paperback | 294 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 203mm x 23mm | 227g
- Publication date: 18 December 2012
- Publication City/Country: Don Mills, Ont.
- ISBN 10: 0373210760
- ISBN 13: 9780373210763
- Sales rank: 397,716
"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 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--that could doom them all.
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Jordan Dane makes up stuff for a living. She hears voices in her head and considers that to be a good thing. Her stories weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Her debut adult book, No One Heard Her Scream, was named Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2008. She writes young adult novels for Harlequin Teen: In the Arms of Stone Angels, On a Dark Wing, and a new series coming in 2012. She lives in Texas with her husband and two very funny rescue dogs.
By MissPageTurner 05 Mar 2013
Set in Los Angeles, INDIGO AWAKENING invites us to follow the story of a whole bunch of characters. The story is told by an omniscient narrator, 3rd person point of view. There should be a character for every reader to possibly identify with. Among them are Rayne, Gabriel, Lucas, Kendra, Mia and Raphael. We mainly follow the three Darby kids, Lucas, Rayne and Mia, on their journeys. Lucas is one of them and he's got to overcome major obstacles to fight for his freedom and discover his true identity.
Both his sisters, Mia and Rayne, are searching for him. Both with very different intentions in mind. INDIGO AWAKENING is a lot about the power struggles between these two girls and overall between children of Indigo origin and their terrific antagonists.
Other characters I really liked, were Gabriel and Kendra. They are similar in their strong and determined personalities, but very contrary in their ways of living. Gabriel is the lone wolf and is always on the move, his only comrade his dog Hellboy. Kendra however is living in a community and is the leader of the Indigo children of L.A. And great parts of INDIGO AWAKENING are about this alliance Kendra has built and the relationships between various members.
Now, with such a big character cast, there are numerous opportunities for intertwinings of their lives. There will be love stories to cheer for and rivalries that demand you to take sides. In the end though there were just too many characters and jumping between perspectives for me. I would've preferred to follow only three or four selected characters and dive deeper into their thoughts and pasts. Further I would suggest to cut the scenes telling the story from the antagonists' point of views, like Boelens, O'Dell and Fiona, in the sequel. These parts of the story seemed to reveal too much and take away aspects of anticipation or surprise I would've hoped for.
Jordan Dane introduces us to the concept of Indigo and crystal children who are connected through a collective mind and special powers. It's a fascinating world, but it's not safe. They are hunted by a group of people called the Church of Spiritual Freedom. A great battle is about to break and threaten to doom the Indigo children to a life in imprisonment. I'm really hoping for more detailed information and explanations about them in the next book.
INDIGO AWAKENING - A multifaceted read with spirit and a bunch of Indigo powers in tow!
There is still a lot of explanation to expect concerning the Indigo powers and the origin of these specially gifted children, which I definitely missed in INDIGO AWAKENING. So expect the sequel to INDIGO AWAKENING to be filled with many new stories fans can be thrilled about.
By Gina Scarcella 03 Feb 2013
I did have expectations for this novel, but then at the same time I didn't want to as well, incase I gave too much to expect. My second novel by Dane, and it has been my favourite. I can tell that this is going to be a series that questions what is to come in the future, as well as what is to become of us as well.
I love how this book is full of imagery. Every step of the way, we can picture exactly what is happening, every detail made out in each scene, mixed with our own interpretations. The vivid colours and buildings, shown both from Gabriel's depictions from his drawings, as well as from just the story-telling really bring this all to life, as well as the very realistic fact that we can relate easily to the characters.
The constant change in perspective, may seem to make us lost. It doesn't. All the characters are blended perfectly into each other that only sometimes, we get a little lost because of a completely new character that is introduced. Some of the characters are just plain sick. Like seriously people? HOW THE HELL CAN YOU DO SUCH A THING! (read and find out exactly what), thinking about it now, it seems like a bit much to include, but then when you read, it really does fit. Rayne's sister is a serious nut-case. There is a fine line between family and groups (in my mind...cults). The whole Church cover-up was a bit of a stretch though, and franctly, it does limit the reader group. Many religious people would be offended in a way by this, even though it is a cover-up and their whole reaction over the book could be based on this point alone.
The love connections are very easily spotted..... Basically from as soon as you meet both characters and they start interacting in some way, you can tell. What I really liked, however, was finding out about Gabriel more. Yes, we want to find out about the other Indigo Children as well, but because Gabe is one that is known as the more mysterious, we can't help but be intrigued about his past more than the others.
The shock-horror ending, isn't much of a shock (well to me) because of why? predictions! (does that mean that I have a little Indigo Child in me? haha). I could guess from when Gabriel was talking about his parents what was going to happen, sorry, who should happen. It is a moment that makes us want to find out exactly what happens next, as well as how it will all end as well.