Review: Fade by Lisa McMann

12 Apr

Simon Pulse, 2009


For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They’re just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck.

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….

From Goodreads

Sheesh, what can I say about Fade? The second book in McMann’s Dream Catcher trilogy,  Fade was just as amazing as the first book, Wake.

McMann continued doing what she did in Wake: using her writing style to influence the tone of the book.  Seriously, her writing does a terrific job once again of accentuating the plot and Janie’s life in general.

We also get to see some character growth in this book and Janie got a chance to further explore the extent of her gift and what it means for her, her future and Cabe.

Just to go back to the writing style for a moment. With the short sentences and sometimes one lined paragraphs, at times this book leaned more towards a poem-like structure than an actual novel.   McMann doesn’t waste words and you get the feeling that if something was included in Fade, it had a purpose.  The plot and writing were tight, producing an enjoyable story, despite some of the topics discussed.

Like Wake, Fade isn’t a light, fluffy read. What it is is an amazing book about courage, discovering who you are, who’ll you’ll become and dealing with it.

Browse inside Fade.


One Response to “Review: Fade by Lisa McMann”


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