Escaping Indigo, by Eli Lang
Series: Escaping Indigo, Book #1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: July 17, 2017
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Micah thought he’d always be in a band. All he ever wanted was to play drums and make great music, but when his best friend and bandmate passes away, Micah is left adrift. The thing that’s always lifted him up is now a reminder of everything he’s lost.
In an attempt to put his life back together, Micah takes a job as roadie for his favorite band, Escaping Indigo. He’s always admired the lead singer, Bellamy. On stage, Bellamy is confident, glittery, and radiant. But as the two grow closer, Micah realizes that in person, Bellamy is quiet, introspective, and a little uncertain. And that’s the person Micah is falling for.
Micah is determined to know all of Bellamy, both the rock star side and the side hidden from the audience, the side that creates music that touches Micah’s heart. Bellamy has secrets of his own, though, things he doesn’t want to share with anyone. And trying to uncover Bellamy’s truths might be the thing that ends up pushing him away.
Cover by: Natasha Snow
This book was… not what I expected at all. I read the first half sitting outside on the perfect summer morning, sipping on coffee, enjoying my quiet surroundings and the quietness of the story. It is a slow, slow burn and as the sun rose overhead and my skin started to warm up, so too, did the tension between Micah and Bellamy.
Something I noticed and liked early on is that Escaping Indigo is not your typical rock band. I’ve never been in a band before but I imagine that not every group falls into the stereotypical raucous party animal, drug-taking, groupie-groping category. So it was kinda nice to experience the life of a band who spent most of their free time focused on the music, the shows, and just hanging out with each other.
“There was something that made a festival different than any other concert. An atmosphere that was charged. It always felt, to me, that I was connected to all these other people in the most normal but also the most incredible way, We were all there for the same thing. We were all riding the same energy frequency, and you could feel it. It reminded me of the festivals I’d gone to as a teenager, how they had made me feel as if I was escaping into something, like I could stand in the middle of them and wrap the music around me. Like I was free for a few hours.”
It all sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Well, unfortunately, this is where I take off my rose-colored glasses and talk about why I didn’t end up loving this book. I wanted so badly to be able to tell you to throw your hands in the air in celebration, but I can’t, so let me break my timeline of feels down for you.
At 37% I was still really liking the story but the number of times that Micah asks Bellamy if he’s okay was grating on my nerves. It started to feel like this was the opener for every interaction these two had. There’s more inner monologue than dialogue but I didn’t mind it much because I felt like I was getting to see the mix of emotions that Micah is going through as he deals with his grief, trying to find his place now that his best friend and bandmate is gone, and reconciling that while touring with his favorite band.
By 53% I was officially bored from waiting for something to happen and when it did shortly after I was skeptical that Micah and Bellamy were even a good match. They pussyfoot around each other so much that I was becoming impatient.
“I was starting to wish we’d all just come out and say what we meant, what we felt, what we wanted, instead of this goddamn hinting around.”
You and me both, Micah.
At 80% I resigned myself to the fact the entire book was going to be about Bellamy’s anxiety and Micah’s grief and that nothing else was going to happen. It’s very sad and depressing and it seemed that even when something positive happened one of the characters would say something to bring down the mood. I wanted character growth but what little I got happened so slowly that by the final conflict I no longer cared if these two could work it out.
Maybe it’s because I liked this book less the longer I read it but it almost felt like it was written by two different people. In the beginning the beautiful narrative flowed with detailed descriptions of how the characters felt about playing music and about the things holding them back from happiness. But by the end, more often than not, I couldn’t sympathize with Micah’s lack of confidence, Bellamy’s inability to even consider an alternative to how he’d been handling his disorder, and both of their issues with stunted communication. They just didn’t connect or try very hard to do anything but talk about the same things over and over again, and so the repetitious writing just wasn’t enough to hold my attention.
I am sad to say that this book didn’t work for me and I don’t know that I’ll continue with the series.
Eli Lang is a writer and drummer. She has played in rock bands, worked on horse farms, and had jobs in libraries, where she spent most of her time reading every book she could get her hands on. She can fold a nearly perfect paper crane and knows how to tune a snare drum. She still buys stuffed animals because she feels bad if they’re left alone in the store, believes cinnamon buns should always be eaten warm, can tell you more than you ever wanted to know about the tardigrade, and has a book collection that’s reaching frightening proportions. She lives in Arizona with far too many pets.
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