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  • Published: 30 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143778653
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $22.00

Indigo Moon

Kazuo Ishiguro meets the Hunger Games, following a new generation with enhanced powers and even more deadly challenges.

Book 1 of the gritty, fast-paced, thought-provoking Eternity Loop Series.

Promise you will never, ever mess with time . . .
Both Rigel and Indigo are Offspring, born to virally optimised parents. With dire warnings about the possible consequences of time travel, they have been forbidden from even thinking about it. But Indigo is bored — what could really go wrong? She longs for excitement, which she might just find with the mysterious stranger Billy Raven.

Meanwhile, Rigel has an odd feeling that he can’t shake off. Is it because his dad, Johnno (aka Phoenix), is off on another dangerous mission? Or is it because of what the Foundation did to his mum, Violet? Or is something else going on?

Only time will tell.

  • Published: 30 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143778653
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $22.00

About the author

Eileen Merriman

Eileen Merriman’s first young adult novel, Pieces of You, was published in 2017, and was a finalist in the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and a Storylines Notable Book. Since then, a stream of novels for adults and young adults have followed. She has received huge critical praise, with one reviewer saying: ‘Merriman is an instinctive storyteller with an innate sense of timing.’ In addition to being a regular finalist in the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, Merriman was a finalist in the 2021 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel and Moonlight Sonata was longlisted for the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction 2020. Editions of some of her young adult novels have been released in Germany, Turkey and the UK and three have been optioned for film or TV, including the Black Spiral Trilogy.

Her other awards include runner-up in the 2018 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award and third in the same award for three consecutive years previously. She works as a consultant haematologist at North Shore Hospital.

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Praise for Indigo Moon

5/5 stars. After reading the Black Spiral Trilogy, I have a heads up to some of the characters, but I don't think it's essential to read that first to enjoy this new series - Eternity Loop. . . . Eileen Merriman's writing always seems so effortless, and is always engaging. Indigo Moon is told in two points of view, with her friend Rigel discovering his own enhanced traits as he searches for her across the world. The imaginative is blended brilliantly with the dystopian and a possible future for humankind. Our world is struck by viruses that threaten human existence, and the unethical will do anything to benefit.


Eileen Merriman doesn’t fail to please in the first in a new series which links to her earlier Black Spiral series. Shape-shifting, time-travelling teens bounce across the globe while trying to solve a mystery and save the future of the world.

Services to Schools Staff, National Library

Indigo Moon is the first in a trilogy of the Eternity Loop series, a stunning and quick paced adventure that teenagers are going to love. Merriman quickly moves into her characteristic style that sets the tone for the rest of the novel, ducking and diving around a complex plot which messes around with time and the (un)expected consequences. . . . One aspect of all of Merriman’s writings is her uncanny ability to describe these unfamiliar worlds with clarity and such vivacious imagery. She constructs layer after layer until the reader is immersed in these scenarios and builds more comprehension of how the narrative develops. In this latest instalment she solidifies the fact that with each book she is growing as an author and building on previous work in new and interesting ways. Indigo is such a vivid character, and so richly constructed that, like so many of her previous protagonists, feels so real. The narrative is brilliantly constructed, effortlessly moving between two main narrators whose individual voices are clear and differentiated with wonderful skill.

Chris Reed, NZ Booklovers

Eileen Merriman is a skilful writer, so that, even as her troubled characters shift time-frames, locations and bodies, the reader can still keep track of them. Once again she has created characters who we care about and has confronted them with dramatic and emotionally painful challenges. Her fast-moving narrative alternates, chapter by chapter, between Indigo and Rigel, which gives the reader interesting insights as viewpoints change and perceptions differ . . . this is a science fiction adventure series which young adult readers can relish.

Trevor Agnew, Magpies

Chosen for the Top 10 for teens, curated by the expert librarians for the 2022 Auckland Libraries Top 100.

Auckland Libraries

Christmas book guide for kids 2022: The first in a new series by surely one of the country’s most prolific writers. It’s a gripping sci-fi and we suspect that you’ll be wanting to borrow it as soon as your teenagers are done.

The Spinoff

Awards & recognition

Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction Award

Awarded  •  2022  •  Notable Book Award