Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wake, Fade, Gone by Lisa McMann


I really enjoyed this book. It was very fast paced and had a great story line. I am always a sucker for a great love story in a book and this one does not disappoint. Janie and Cabel are a great pair and their characters compliment each other nicely. The general plot of the book is focused on Janie's Dream Catcher ability in which she is uncontrollably drawn into other people's dreams and how it is messing with her ability to live a normal life.

Janie has known Cabel for a long time but has only interacted with him a few times. It doesn’t take long for Janie to fall for Cabel after he helps her get through a rough class trip in which people fall asleep on the bus and Janie gets sucked in. Despite Cabel’s help she is scared by the dreams she has witnessed from him and she is plagued by the fear that he is not to be trusted.

The way the book is written could be confusing for some since the chapters are not your traditional 1, 2, 3 setup. This book is set up with sections and dates and times in order to organize the story flow. It can be hard to follow at first, but stick with it and you won't be disappointed.

P.S. For those of you who are also Twilight fans and read Midnight Sun, you might be interested to know that on Lisa McMann's website you can read about 12 pages of Cabel's point of view. I was a little disappointed that all it covers is the bus ride Junior year, the skateboard ride, and a little of his time in Canada when finds out about Janie. But hey it is still worth a read!


This was my favorite book in the series. I once again read this book in one sitting. Fade was a lot more adult then the last book in the series. Janie and Cabel's relationship is really solidified in this book. They become more intimate with each other physically and emotionally.

In Fade there are disturbing things happening at Fieldridge High, where Janie and Cabel attend school. A previous attack on a student is reveled through Janie’s dream catching and she goes undercover to discover which faculty member is assaulting the students. Being undercover is difficult more many reasons. Janie and Cabel can not be seen together in public and the stress of keeping their romance a secret does put a strain on the relationship at times. Not to mention the fact that this time it is Janie who will be in the line of fire and there is nothing Cabel can do about it. The sting does not goes like planned and Janie is suddenly in more danger then even she anticipated.

Like I mentioned before this book is a lot more intense then the last book. There is sex, rape, drug use, and various assaults described in the book. Nothing to graphic but just want to make sure you are aware. The story concludes with Janie’s discovery of her bleak future as a dream catcher. Now Janie has some discussions to make and there seems to be no good answer.


This book was a quick read. I started it and finished it in one sitting (few hours). I wish that this book would have been longer. I think that for the last book in the series it was a little short. I am torn on whether or not I liked the ending. Not ever story can have the perfect walking off into the sunset ending and I can appreciate the more practical ending for this book but still I didn't feel the closure that is needed for the end if a series.

Janie thought she knew what her future held and she was ready to accept it but the thought of putting Cabel through it is too much. Janie knows that Cabel will not willingly walk away even though she sees his fears and doubts in his dreams. Have I mentioned how much I love Cabel? He’s amazing! Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves: She has to disappear, leaving him so that he will not have to watch her deteriorate.

All that being said I would still recommend this book for those who have read the first two. If you didn't read those then this one won't mean much to you. I did enjoy this series and I am sad that it is over :(

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