Ten years ago, disaster struck the remote town of Indigo Falls. A horrific event drove the residents underground, into shelters that keep them safe from the danger on the surface. No one speaks about what happened that fateful day, but even the youngest still remember the fear and, most of all, the searing pain when sunlight touched their skin. Now, a handful of families inhabit this bunker together, guided by a charismatic leader named Dr. Imogen Moran. There are many rules Dr. Moran has instilled to govern life belowground. You must always tell the truth. You must avoid the light of the sun. You must never touch skin to skin. But the most important rule, the one that was drilled into their heads from the moment the hatch slammed shut all those years ago, was at the very end of the list. It rattled around in their skulls when all was silent, echoing in the quiet, lonely dark. You must never go outside.
There's hints of something sinister really happening and readers don't find out the 'truth' until later in the story. I admit the pacing was slow at the beginning, but realize this was in order to show the world these teens live in and the harshness of their living conditions.
The cult-like environment is shown in very realistic ways such as how easy the parents look the other way whenever one of their children dares to question Dr. Moran. So are the doctor's rules and punishments for those who defy her.
The pacing does pick up after Gabe finds out the doctor isn't being totally honest with them. Here's where a paranormal-like element comes into the storyline. The teens confront the doctor and then some harsh truths come to the surface.
At times I was on the edge of my seat, especially when the teens hear noises that Dr. Moran brushes off on faulty pipes. I only wished for more suspense and action earlier in this otherwise engaging story.
Psychological horror thriller where teens confront the truth of their existence while living underground for ten years.