Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Review: Indigo Awakening (The Hunted #1)

Author: Jordan Dane
Format: eARC
Print Length: 304
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: Dec. 18, 2012 

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 

When Ryane gets a call from her little brother Lucas, she gets worried. To be perfectly honest, Lucas should not be calling her- you see he is supposed to be locked up in a mental hospital the one that her older sister Mia put him in. Lucas tells her that he is okay but not to look for him, Ryane ignores that part. 

Ryane is not the only one looking for him- so his Mia and the church that she works for. They are not worried about him though- they want him because he is suspected of being a “Crystal Child”. That makes him a more advance Indigo child- humans with special abilities. 

On Ryane’s hunt she meets Gabriel- who is like Lucas in some ways. Gabriel agrees to help Ryane find Lucas. Finding Lucas is hard though because he has a voice in his head that only he can here telling him where to go. The voice belongs to another Indigo child, Kendra. 

There is not a main character in this book as it is written by several different points of view. Almost every character in the book gets its own chapter or two. Okay, so that is an exaggeration but it is how it felt. It also caused the book to be confusing at times. This I think kept me from getting emotionally involved with the characters. With no main character I honestly did not know who’s side I should be on. My favorite character was on the evil side- Dr. Fiona. She put the e in evil. 

There were several characters that when reading their point of view it was well pointless- such as Kendra. She was the least liked character for me. To be honest she annoyed the ever-loving heck out of me. There has to be more to Mia but we never got to see her good side- she has to have one. I felt bad for Lucas- being drugged for so many years and then hunted. I had a hard time believing Gabe and Ryane were hooking up. 

My Rating 2 out of 5 stars 

Favorite Quote "At the risk of sounding like I'm stalking you, you want extra celery?"

Other Characters 

Mia- Evil Big Sister 
Ryane- great big (middle) sister 
Lucas- runaway little brother 
Gabriel- loner who helps Ryane 
Dr. Fiona- ambitious doctor at the Institute 
Benny- normal human 
O’Dell- evil hunchman 
Rafe- indigo child, in love with Kendra 
Kendra- indigo child, who collects other indigo children 

Other’s liked the book more than I did: 

Alice gave it a five out of five stars.
Savannah gave it a four out of five stars.

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