Review: Indigo Awakening (The Hunted #1) by Jordan Dane
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Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane
Series: The Hunted #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen on 12/18/2012
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, YA, Young Adult
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About the Book:
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 Awakening by Jordan Dane is an adventure filled with danger, psychics, and a little bit of romance.
In Indigo Awakening, the first book in the Hunted series, Lucas Darby has escaped from Haven Hills, the local mental hospital where his older sister, Mia, has been keeping him locked up, supposedly for his own good. Lucas is an Indigo child, an individual born with psychic abilities. After their parents died, Mia put Lucas in the psychiatric hospital, unsure of what else to do with him.
Lucas’s other older sister, Rayne, has emancipated herself from her sister, unhappy with the way Mia began to treat herself and Lucas after their parents died. Hearing that Lucas has escaped from Haven Hills, Rayne takes it upon herself to search for her missing little brother and protect him from their older sister. Along the way she meets Gabriel, another Indigo child who has visions which he promptly draws. He offers to help Rayne on her search.
Meanwhile, Lucas meets another group of Indigos: Kendra, Rafe, and a bunch of younger children that have been hiding out in the tunnels under the city. The group is hiding from the Believers, a group of adults who are trying to hunt and capture the Indigo children.
This first book was pretty enjoyable, I liked the concept of Indigo children and how they all banded together to help one another out. The novel is multiperspectival so you get to follow the story through a bunch of characters. While this worked pretty well, there are about eight characters or so that you follow, so it was difficult for me to get attached to any one character for too long. Also because of all of the different perspectives, not a lot of time actually passes through the book, which isn’t bad it’s really just up to your preference.
Probably my biggest problem with this book is the relationship between Rayne and Gabe. When Rayne first meets Gabe, she quickly realizes that he could be the one chance she has at locating her brother, and that gives her hope. That’s fine. What gets me is how quickly she decides she has fallen in love with him. Like I mentioned, not a lot of time passes within the novel, and I want to say she’s only known Gabe for a day or so before she decides she’s in love with Gabe. It just seemed to me like she was taking the hope that he gave her for finding her brother and calling it love when that isn’t really what it is. Just my opinion, other readers might not see it that way.
Gabe was probably one of my favorite characters. He has his own issues to deal with, such as living on his own in an abandoned zoo, on top of being an Indigo child and not being able to control his visions. But the fact that he really does want to help Rayne is very sweet, and he takes a lot of risk to himself by helping her locate her brother.
All in all, I’m giving Indigo Awakening 3 out of 5 controllers. It was a pretty amusing read, but it just didn’t grab me. Rayne’s feelings for Gabe really got on my nerves, and it was hard to really get attached to any specific character because of how often the perspectives changed.