Sunday, August 2, 2009

Fade by Lisa McMann

Much more exciting than Wake. If you read my review of it's predecessor, you must know how disappointed I was.

When you first hear about the book, 'A girl who can travel into peoples' dreams.' Wow! What an original concept. Fade has to be what makes me want to continue this series. The characters are wonderful. The only exception are the predators, that McMann has Janie and Cabel hunting in this one.

As you know from the conclusion of Wake; Janie and Cabel have become a team in the fight against crime, as undercover investigators. She is taking up the position of dream catcher that was once held by her deceased mentor. Who as it turns out, still has a connection to Janie and has left her something invaluable behind. In addition to trying to catch sexual predator(s), Janie has to decide if she really wants to know what she's capable of and if knowing what's to come is something she can bare.

This book wasn't as predictable to me. The way McMann weaved the storyline, dialogue, and dream imagery together, made it difficult for me to catch the predator(s). It's like she let you know who it was, but at the same time it was such a shock. Anytime an author can surprise me, the way she did, I have to give them credit.

It was so believable what was going on at Fieldridge High. Add to that the strain on Janie's life, and it came out perfectly. Her attempts at finding a balance between work, her ability, and her relationship with Cabe made this more exciting. I felt an empathy for the characters that I don't think I've ever really felt before. Strange really. I loved it. Again, it wasn't amazing, but I quite enjoyed it.

Note: I'm still not sure if I'm using empathy right. Or if it should be sympathy. If I'm wrong please let me know.


  1. I think it's empathy. Roughly, sympathy is where you feel sorry for someone, and empathy is where you can empathize, understand how they're feeling? So I think what you've put is right. Not completely sure =]