Release Date: 12/18/12
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.
My thoughts on the book:
I had high hopes for Indigo Awakening, and I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed. Sure the characters are all realistic, and Dane addresses some important issues, such as learning disabilities, but I just couldn't get into this novel. I can't really put my finger on what I didn't like about it. It just didn't draw me in. This book took me forever to finish, and I put it down several times in order to read other things. I just wasn't blown away by this one.
The characters are likable enough, but I really couldn't make myself care about any of them. Crazy church going to capture Lucas? Oh well. Gabriel is mysterious? What love interest isn't. Rayne is strong and actually likable? I still didn't care. I'm aware, from an objective standpoint, that the characters are very realistic and well-developed, but I just didn't care if any of them lived or died. I can't tell you why, though, because I don't really know.
The plot was interesting and intriguing, but again, I just couldn't get into it. I've heard of Indigo children before, but I've never read a novel about them. I thought that'd seal the deal for me. Also, there was plenty of action, suspense, and mystery, with a touch of romance. Generally, that's a winning combination for me. The pacing was perfect, too. Furthermore, this is a Harlequin Teen book, and I LOVE their stuff. However, this book just could not hold my interest. It could have been that I needed more back-story. I'm not sure.
Overall, I'd say check this book out from the library and give it a try. I didn't like it, but most people do. Also, as I stated, from an objective standpoint, I can see that the book was well-written and developed. However, it just didn't grab me. In this case, I'm going to say that it's me and not the book that has the problem.
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