This author first reached out to me(Libertad) after she saw that I review multicultural fiction. I'm so glad she found me because her book was filled with everything I typically hope for, but most of all It was filled with a lot of diverse characters that didn't fall into the stereotypical mold. She really made a conscious effort to include teens and young adults of different ages and cultures and for me that was what I really liked about the book. In our conversations together, she confessed that incorporating diverse characters in her writing was always how she envisioned her writing would be. So imagine being offered her book to review, I was floored!
First things first, the author and title of the book. This book was written by Jacinda Buchmann and cleverly named "Indigo Incite", which doesn't make sense to you unless you read the book, which I encourage you do!!!
It follows twins(I can never pass up a book about twins, whether it features diversity or not...It's a twin thing :D )Tyler and Toby. Tyler and Toby had always been different. Different how you ask? Well for starters they've been raised by foster parents that aren't the nicest to them but most importantly they have unusual abilities. Like X-Men abilities. But after Toby gets kidnapped by some unknown government force, Tyler goes on a search to find out a way to save him. With the help of his clairvoyant brother(the two are able to contact each other telepathically, no matter the distance); Tyler is able to meet other teens and young adults who could be helpful on the journey to help find his brother, but fair warning, it's no easy task.
What I really liked about this book was it's effortless display of characters of different cultures. Half the main protagonists were POC(one was chinese, another native american and mexican and another was a mixed race african american girl.) and they didn't "talk"with stereotypical voices. I'm really cheesy but I especially liked that both the twins went for the swirl (informal term for interracial dating XD )
What I liked most about it is that there weren't any race issues attached to liking a Chinese american or African American girl. It was just two people liking each other with none of the issues you see in "race"influenced books. That made it really easy to forget about their outside appearances and just see two people that wanted to be together. Thumbs up Jacinda!
The story wasn't overwhelmed with relationships and love which was a breath of fresh air. The main objective was to find Tyler's brother, Toby. And being a twin myself, I know I would cross lava with bare feet if I knew that a captured Guinevere was on the other side XD I really liked Tyler and Toby's relationship. They seemed close and because they had no one else, they really relied on each other.
I read one review that said they reminded them of X-Men because of their abilities but I thought of the show Heroes while reading this book. It has a very likeness to Heroes because the story mirrors more of "our" world rather than X-men's world, ya know since some X-Men are evil and hate humans. The indigo children(what they are referred to in the book) are very much humans just with special abilities. So if you're into Sci-fi-ish, fantasy fiction with a few love stories that don't make you wanna hurl, do yourself a favor and check this book out!!!
About the Author:
Jacinda Buchmann lives in Arizona with her husband and three children. She graduated from Carroll College, in Helena, Montana, with a B.A. in elementary education and later received a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University, in school counseling. After spending several years as a teacher and later a school counselor, she now spends her time writing, any free chance she can get, that is, when she’s not spending time with her family or creating a new concoction in the kitchen.
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