Title: Indigo Lost
Author: S.R Summers
About the author:
Living in Leamington Spa, West Midlands, S.R. Summers owns and runs the popular ZouBisou cafe. Previously, she has enjoyed a career working within broadcast media whilst living in Belgium and within the field of e-commerce. She also holds a degree in History from the University of Cambridge. When not managing her cafe, you’ll find her busy writing and working on the final book in her Infinity Squared eight-part series.
The First book in the Infinity Squared Series. Don’t think. Just run. When what lies ahead is less fearful than what lies behind, and west-coast unknowns less terrifying than east-side tragedies, there is no choice other than the one through the window at the end of a third-floor police station corridor. Without another thought, the girl runs. Her jump will take her to the street below, to encounters with humanity that will both shock and save her, to the girl she becomes the one who knows how to fight, but also survive, even shine, in the darkest places. She does not go unnoticed. The mob boss, the ruler of Vegas, has seen her. But she is not ready to be seen. And this time there is no corridor, and no window.
Indigo Lost by S.R. Summers is a captivating dark fantasy novel which delves deep into meaningful themes and actions. The author captures this through the vivid contrast between Mysty and Daryl’s upbringing and lives. I enjoyed the pace, the content and the overall writing style of this novel. It is the exciting start of a new series which will capture readers by the heart. Indigo Lost was published in November 2017 by Shield Crest Publishing.
I enjoyed Indigo Lost; the characters were raw and realistic as Summers did not attempt to make them anything more than who they already were. I hated Daryl and I hope that I was meant to; his treatment of women is just shockingly sexist and masochistic. He has all the makings of the ‘poor little rich boy’ which just made me despise him further. I felt that his story offered a sharp contrast to Mysty’s which really resonated with me as a reader, as earlier chapters offered breaks from her intense narrative.
Mysty herself is a strong, heroic character, however she does not conform to the typical heroes in many fantasies. She makes mistakes, doesn’t always act appropriately and is a great character for teenagers and young adults who are in sticky situations trying to make it work. She is someone to aspire to be like as she is not naive or innocent in any way; she has seen and experienced a lot of bad in her life and therefore knows what she can handle.
This novel deals with many topical issues, and I believe that there is a little bit of everyone in at least one of the characters. You will be able to find yourself somewhere amongst the levels of discrimination, privilege, challenges faced and childhood darkness. This is what makes this novel rather special, as it handles many everyday problems admirably and without making them the sole focus of the narrative.
Overall, I would recommend this novel to readers of fantasy and dark fiction. The raw behaviour and actions often reminded me of Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling, but with a slightly lighter subject matter. I would recommend this book to young adults from 15+, as it does deal with a lot of issues of identity and how to claw your way out from a tough childhood. Thank you to Kate Appleton from Authoright for my complimentary copy of Indigo Lost in exchange for a post on the blog tour!