Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Fade by Lisa McMann

Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open -- but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability -- and it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd feared....

I love this series. It's brilliant. I remember finishing Wake, and immediately emailing Lisa McMann to tell her how much I liked it. I must admit, I've got the urge to do exactly the same here.

Fade picks up a short time after Wake, and begins with a new case. A sexual predator is on the loose at the high school, and Janie and Cabel are working to determine his identity.

I love the simplistic narration that Lisa McMann uses, as well as the characters and themes. Janie and Cabel are realistic, and their relationship is intense. I got so wrapped up in their personal lives that I often forgot about the other events in the book, and could quite happily have read another two hundred pages of Janie/Cabel scenes.

Although the sexual predator plot was slightly predictable, the suspense leading up to the conclusion made me read with an eagerness that I don't experience often, and kept me up until 3.30am finishing the book.

I loved reading Martha Stubin's notebook entries, and was completely enthralled by what she'd written. I'm glad we finally know more about dream catching, even though the revelations of what the future holds left me in a stunned silence.

My only problem with Fade is that it wasn't longer. I got so involved in the characters that by the time I reached the last page, I was wishing I'd read slower. I can't wait for the third and final book, Gone, and just wish it was released sooner. February 2010 seems a long way away!

4 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really need to read this and Wake. Everyone seems to think that it's amazing.

Chicklish said...

Wow, great review! I've been wondering whether I'd enjoy this book and the one before, and I think you've convinced me! :)

Ladytink_534 said...

Just about everyone is talking about this book lately. They sound SO good! I think I'm going to wait until the third one comes out though since I hate waiting so much.

Ana said...

Nice review. Yeah, Fade was just as good, if not better, than Wake. Kudos to Lisa McMann for writing such a great book. I agree that the Janie/Cabel scenes and relationship was, at times, more powerful than the rest of the events of story.