Saturday, 24 October 2009

Wake by Lisa McMann

From Amazon: For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams at any given moment is getting tired. Especially the falling dreams, and the standing-in-front-of-the-class-naked ones. But then there are the nightmares, the ones that chill her to the bone...like the one where she is in a strange house...in a dirty kitchen...and a sinister monster that edges ever closer. This is the nightmare that she keeps falling into, the one where, for the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant...

I first read Wake quite a while ago, but after being sent a new UK copy, I decided to re-read it and write a review. This series is one of my favourites (Fade review here), and I think Lisa McMann does a really good job of drawing the reader straight into the story.

Janie's gift is fascinating, and to be able to see what other people are dreaming about is both scary and interesting, taking voyeurism to a whole new level. Being a dreamcatcher has its pros and cons; the pros being the chance to help people and solve crimes, with the cons leaning more towards physical ailments and the loss of privacy. The sense that people's deepest, darkest secrets are hidden in their dreams is a constant problem for Janie, because how do you draw the line? How can she keep herself grounded? All are questions the reader is faced with, along with a couple of moral questions of our own.

Cabel is a fantastic male character, and compliments Janie's personality perfectly. He understand her, he helps her, and ultimately becomes her go-to person when she's in trouble. Their relationship progresses as any normal one should -- with a certain amount of trepidation and hesitation. These are characters that can't afford to slip up or make a wrong move: too much is at stake, and this definitely shows through in their attutudes towards each other.

Lisa McMann's writing is simple but stylish, and is the only time I've come across this particular prose. She brings something new to the YA table, and makes sure to target a wide audience by having her story include many different components. Romance, danger, and the difference between right and wrong are just a few of the elements waiting for you within the pages of Wake, and if you haven't yet read it, give it a go -- I don't think you'll be disappointed.

14 comments:

Lenore said...

What an interesting cover!

barnsdale11 said...

I don't like the UK cover, but i love the books ^_^

And I totally agree with your review... actually, I wrote a review of my own a while ago and this first book was also a 4 out of 5 ;)

elnice said...

It took a second (cover through me off) I have heard of these before. They are on my list, thanks for the review

bookalicious said...

I like the sound of the story, it does sem very interesting, but I'm really put off by this UK cover. If I were to buy it, I'd definitely go for the US cover!

Becky said...

This sounds so good. I will definitely read it. I haven't seen it in any local bookstores though. It'll have to be Amazon I guess. Thanks for an enticing review.

Thao said...

I just got my copy of Wake. I'm looking forward to reading the whole series. The UK cover is very fun hehe.

Lauren said...

I absolutely want to read this series. It sounds like Lisa McMann has a unique style, which is always interesting. They sell the US cover in my local bookstore but this one's growing on me.

LovesSam said...

Great review - I just love this book

Janssen said...

That is a gorgeous cover.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This really didn't live up to the hype for me, though I'm glad you loved it so much! Great review, as always!

Chicklish said...

Great review, and good to see this book out in the UK!

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Kate said...

Great review. This sounds like a really interesting series. The plot is just really intriguing. I have really weird dreams so I hope no one else ever saw them. They really are weird e.g. I've killed zombies, died, had stalkers standing outside my house...

In fact I don't remember having many happy dreams. Then again, I rarely remember my dreams, just a few poignant ones.

Multimemo said...

Great review !! And this book is definitely going to wishlist ;)