Wednesday, April 29, 2009
~Book Review~ Fade by Lisa McMann
Fade by Lisa McMann is book 2 in the Wake Series. The story centers around Janie, a high school student who has the ability to "Dream Catch", which is getting pulled into other people's dreams and/or nightmares. Janie and her boyfriend Cabel are helping the police track down a sexual predator at their high school. The police have been tipped off that it is a teacher. Janie is used as a decoy to try to lure the suspected teachers into a situation where they will be caught. Janie's dream catching exhausts her, and Cabel is always there afterward, to help her re-adjust when she finally makes her way out of a dream. He is her support system, her rock. Janie gets no support from her alcoholic mother, whom she takes care of, although the mother is not mentioned much in the story. I didn't care for this book as much as I enjoyed Wake. It was a little slow to start, but it did pick up the pace. The chapters seemed disjointed somehow, and I didn't feel as if I was as close to Janie as I was in the previous novel. Janie and Caleb's relationship in Fade took on a somber note. Caleb develops hang-ups about Janie's participation in the sting operation, and when it is all over, refuses to talk to her. This added distraction to the story. In the end, I didn't feel that I had gotten to know all of the characters very well. Also, the scenes with the teachers and students were a little disturbing. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone under the age of 16. Two Stars
Reading level: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon Pulse (February 10, 2009)
Hardcover: 256 pages
For a different point of view, please check out Book Muncher's Review!