The Indigo

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
273 Pages
Reviewed on 09/10/2022
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Reviewed by Michaela Gordoni for Readers' Favorite

In The Indigo by Heather Siegel, 16-year-old Jett’s mom has been in a coma for two years. Jett is convinced that her mom’s soul is still out there, but just not in her body. Jett’s obsession with learning about astral projection drives her. Her family thinks she is in denial. She lies to her doctor, doesn’t take her pills, and joins a quantum club. Her fears become heightened when her Aunt Margaret informs her that they need to take Jett’s mom off life support. Her desperation soon pushes her to extreme limits. Jett befriends Farold, a boy that believes in astral projection just as much as she does. He helps her in her incredible and crazy journey of discovering astral projection and finding out where her mom is.

Wow! It has been a while since I have enjoyed a book as much as I relished The Indigo. The concepts are wonderfully fresh and unique and Heather Siegel is a remarkable writer. If you swap dreams for astral projection and throw in a tad of fantasy and a bit more drama, then this book would be like the movie Inception, but for young adults. It is an amazing book and well written. I think it could be made into a phenomenal film or even a series of films. I was blown away and reading it has converted me into a huge fan. There are a lot more enthralling elements in the plot that I can’t give away. This is an author to look out for.

Pikasho Deka

The Indigo is a young adult paranormal novel by Heather Siegel. Sixteen-year-old Jett is not ready to let her mother go just yet. In a comatose state since her car accident two years ago, Jett's mom still has shown no signs of recovery, leading her doctors and Aunt Margaret to inch closer to pulling the plug. However, a miraculous out-of-body experience convinces Jett that her mother is still out there somewhere, just out of reach. Determined to bring her back, Jett and her classmate Farold, a science prodigy, seek Professor Gunderson's advice, who reveals to them that Jett could spontaneously project to other realms. Soon, she finds herself traveling through the astral plane. But a nefarious entity is trying to block her every move. Can Jett bring her mother back to life? Or will she be stuck in the way station?

A fascinating story involving portals, quantum physics, multiverses, and astral projection, The Indigo is bound to entice fans of the paranormal genre. Author Heather Siegel tells a moving tale about a tenacious teenager who refuses to let go of her mother and gives her all to bring her mother back to life. The plot takes unexpected twists and turns that you never see coming. Jett is a likable protagonist you find easy to root for. Her devotion to her mother is not only admirable but also very relatable. I especially enjoyed her burgeoning romance with Farold, and it was one of my favorite aspects of the book. Recommended to young adult readers who love fantasy or paranormal stories.

Romuald Dzemo

The Indigo by Heather Siegel follows sixteen-year-old Jett Hart who refuses to accept the diagnosis that her mother is brain-dead when she is plunged into a coma. In a split moment, she has an out-of-body experience and feels her mom’s presence in an indigo-colored place. With time passing and her mother still in a coma, Jett’s aunt begins to think it is time to turn off the life support to her mom’s body. Jett needs to go back to the place where she experienced her mom’s presence and get her back to her body. Time is running out, but only an up-and-coming quantum physicist seems to show interest in Jett’s plan to reconnect with the Indigo place. Will Jett succeed and what can possibly go wrong when she leaves her own body?

The Indigo by Heather Siegel is a splendid meld of adventure and young adult fantasy with strong shades of the paranormal. The story is told from the first-person point of view and it captures Jett’s perspective with clarity, allowing her humorous way of looking at life and the quirkiness in her voice to shine through the narrative. Scenes are beautifully written and focused, and readers can’t miss the sting of humor as Jett narrates her hilarious experiences. An example is when she talks about diving through a hole just because it felt real and then the next thing is getting yanked backward and her whole body stinging as though she were a human rubber band snapping back. Heather Siegel handles the conflict with intelligence, plunging readers into the inner world of her young and complex female protagonist. The writing is superb and the story stands out in its originality. It has a brilliant concept for a spellbinding tale that will arrest the attention of young adult readers.