Themes of control, greed, and power made Indigo Owl a heady mix of Hunger Games and Neal Shusterman.

I read Indigo Owl over a few nights and every night I dreamt of the story. Although sci-fi, dystopian young adult fiction is not usually my jam, I loved this book.

Sometime in the future, after Earth has been destroyed by climate change, humans inhabit the icy planet of Galbraith. Galbraith is run along the lines of a corporation where the gap between the haves and have nots is chasmic. Every aspect of life on Galbraith is tightly controlled, particularly fertility.

Enter Scarlet Bergen, daughter of scientists Troy and the brilliant Vivien (incidentally, Vivien is a missing person). When Scarlet is sent to the Arcadia Institute to be trained for her future work placement, she vows to find the truth of what happened to her mother.

Scarlet will begin to discover who can be trusted and who will betray her – from her friend Rumi, the socially-awkward and brilliantly clever student who has her own dangerous and secret plans, to Lexi, daughter of Astor Holmes, a powerful Galbraith executive.

What I most enjoyed about this book was the fluid writing, fast-paced narrative, and vivid descriptions which perfectly captured the harsh, icy environment of Galbraith in my mind.

Indigo Owl easily came to life for me, making this story engaging and entertaining with a welcome hint of romance.

Themes of control, greed, and power made Indigo Owl a heady mix of Hunger Games and Neal Shusterman.

I predict Indigo owl will be a big hit with YA readers and look forward to seeing it become a bestseller.

Highly recommended reading.

Many thanks to Wakefield Press for sending me a review copy.

Publisher’s Blurb:

After Earth was destroyed by climate change and overpopulation, private corporations colonised new planets. On one such planet, Galbraith, the fertility of its citizens is tightly controlled. But at what cost?

When Scarlet Bergen leaves her childhood home to be trained at the Arcadia Institute, harnessing her psychic Solitaire talents, it feels like the beginning of her future. But on the Institute steps, her father whispers a life-changing secret about the past. Her mother, a geneticist who disappeared when Scarlet was ten, had enemies …

Scarlet vows to discover the truth about her mother – and is joined in her mission by fellow cadets with their own family secrets and special talents: tech-savvy Rumi, a tenacious truth-hunter, and Dylan, the aloof classmate who can literally read her mind.

Together, they’ll uncover a planet-wide conspiracy … and discover that there’s little the Galbraith Executives won’t do to get what they want.

Indigo Owl is a fast-paced dystopian adventure from author Charlie Archbold, winner of a 2018 Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book for Older Readers.

Charlie Archbold was born in London. She completed a degree in drama before training as a teacher and has worked as an educator for over twenty years. She has settled in Australia and lives with her family in Adelaide. Her first novel, Mallee Boys, was an Honour Book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. Indigo Owl is her second book.