Monday, 1 March 2010

Review: Gone by Lisa McMann


Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover
Released: February 9th, 2010
Grade rating: C+


Amazon summary:

Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she’d made her peace with it. But she can’t handle dragging Cabel down with her. She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He’s amazing. And she’s a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves: She has to disappear. And it’s going to kill them both. Then a stranger enters her life — and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she’d ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out...

Review:

I can't lie: I was pretty disappointed with this book. I was expecting an amazing conclusion, with a nail-biting outcome. I thought it was the only way things for Janie could end, given her declining health revelations in Fade. Instead, I was left feeling flat, and thinking "Is that it?". It seems Gone suffered from final-book-in-a-trilogy pressure, which was a shame, because the first two books were fantastic.

Janie really annoyed me this time around, with her constant moping and deep attachment to a guy she barely even knew. Everything is slotted together a little too conveniently -- not to mention quickly -- and though it was mostly plausible, it was just too easy. Cabel was almost reduced to a useless boyfriend role in the latter half of the book, with Janie doing everything she could to shut him out. When their relationship was so strong in previous books, I expected more from him in Gone. In order for Janie's end decision to have an effect on me, I needed to see the old Janie and Cabel, and I never felt that I did; they were like different people.

It was good to see Martha Stubin appear again, albeit briefly and, as always, Janie's dream sequences were gripping and horrifying. As a series end it could have been so much better, and I'm sorry to have to say that, as I really do love this series. Maybe my expectations were too high... I don't know. In any case, Wake and Fade are absolute must-reads, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

9 comments:

Lauren said...

I've only read the first one in this series, and I absolutely adored it, so I'm a little sad to hear that you weren't as keen on the final instalment. It's such a downer when a book you've been really excited about just doesn't meet your expectations, but it's useful to be forewarned so I don't overhype it to myself. Thanks for your honest review.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

It's such a shame this didn't meet your expectataions as I knwo how much you loved the first two. Thanks for the honest review, Jen!

Book Crazy Jenn said...

I dont think your expectations were to high, I loved the other books too - I tended to look at this as more of instead of an ending more like an addition too, looking at it like that, I thought it was a good addition, but as for an ending to the 3...it's kinda sad I wish there was going to be more!

I Want To Read That said...

Thanks for the review. It's a shame you didn't like it as much as the first 2 - I hate it when that happens! Bit worried after reading your review that things don't end well for Janie & cabel...

Leah said...

It's a shame you didn't enjoy it much. I was thinking of getting Wake at some point so might still give it a try - especially if Wake is as good as you say!

Nina said...

I havent read the other two books, but if you recommend them I may even give them a try. I'm sorry you didn't like this one, it's always dissapointing when the last book isn't great! :(

LovesSam said...

I still haven't got round to reading Fade yet, which is ludicrous. I'm not rushing too either, since I know what happens at the end of Gone, since I read the last pages when I was round at yours ha.

So gutted it didn't end the way you wanted it to, bit I totally agree, the ending is not what I was expecting either. Its such a shame because this series seems like one of the best out there at the moment.

Lea said...

I haven't read the first two...but if you say they're better than this, then i'll definitely check them out. Great honest review, :)

NotNessie said...

I'm planning to give this book a miss. I liked the first two books in the series, and I think I'm happy leaving the characters as they are at the end of FADE.