Book Review: Indigara

Indigara
By Tanith Lee

My Edition:
Hardcover, 195 pages
2007, Firebird
ISBN: 9780142409220

Jet Latter and her robo-dog Otto are dragged by the family to Ollywood, city of dreams, when her sister’s film career takes off. Jet is bored and feels ignored, so she sets off to explore the city alone (well, except for Otto, of course) and finds the strange underworld of Subway. But Jet and Otto soon discover, there’s another city, even deeper than Subway, where the magic of film becomes a reality.

I’ve been neglecting my quest to read more Tanith, so on impulse I grabbed this off my shelf. What fun! I’m not sure if this is considered middle-grade or young adult, as Jet is fourteen and there’s no love interest (not that all YA fiction revolves around a love story, but let’s face it, many do), but there is a bit of spicy language and it has a sort of coming of age theme. The writing is simplistic and the story short, yet Tanith packed in a technology-ridden future world and a vast, fantasy realm.

The story is told from both Jet and Otto’s points of views, interspersed with movie-like cut scenes, outtakes and set descriptions. The latter sections were mainly used to capture moments where Jet and Otto weren’t present or to set the scene for a new location, and they gave a lot of depth to the story, while also providing a writing device I’ve never encountered before (at least, not that I can remember). Jet is a quick-witted girl and I liked the humanity (er…dogmanity?) Tanith infused into Otto.

I read this in a day, chuckled a few times, and was once again fully immersed in the rich, bright world Tanith created. I love her fantasy works, but I have to say, I enjoy her sci-fi work just a bit more. There’s something about the different ways she presents the future that I really enjoy being a part of.

Tanith fans can certainly spare a moment to read this book, and I think pre-teen and teen readers with an interested in a sci-fi/fantasy blend  will love it as well.

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Indigara

  1. Ademar Júnior says:

    Hi Millie,
    It’s been a while since I commented here for the last time. I was robbed and spent almost two months with no cell phone. But I’m back again, hahaha… And I just came here to see your updates. Nice to see this review because I know that Tanith is one of your favorite authors, I’ve never read nothing by her but I would like because of you.
    My best,
    Ademar

    • Hi Ademar! Glad you’re back, but so sad to hear about what happened! I hope you’re okay! It means a lot that you enjoy my blog. I hope that you can read some Tanith someday, and of course that you enjoy it! Have you been reading much lately?

      • Ademar Júnior says:

        Hi Millie,
        Yaay, I’m glad too. I’m okay and already bought other cell phone, so I’m online again. Hahaha
        I didn’t read so much in November and this half of December, but in October I’ve read about 11 books.
        I think I’m improving my English so maybe I’ll read some Tanith’s books soon.
        Thanks!!!

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