Series or Stand Alone: Wake Trilogy, book two
Release Date: February 2009 (Hardcover Edition)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Author Site: http://lisamcmann.com/
My Rating: 5/5
Source: Purchased from Barnes & Nobles
Synopsis [from lisamcmann.com]:
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 even feared...
I actually completed FADE in about 3 hours. Just like its predecessor, WAKE, I was totally unable to put the book down until I got to the end. Lisa continues to write with a unique style that can definitely hook a reader and reel em in. Picking up where the first left off, FADE brings different and more darker issues to light and, in my opinion, has her characters facing more hardships than before. With these issues comes with it some raw language that I have noticed bothers some readers. I don't mind cussing that much or "not-so comfortable" topics as Janie and Cabel must find a sexual predator this time around...so just as a warning to those that it might bother: the book contains some graphic language and/or issues.
One of the best things about FADE was the further character development in both Janie and Cabel. Their relationship is both passionate and rocky at times as the realistic couple are faced with the challenges of Janie's powers and the toll they are taking on them both. The two are officially together now and, like most couples, must come to terms with the fact that they now have someone they truly care about in their lives. They've already gotten used to the fact that they have strong feelings for someone else. Now they must go that extra mile to understand the battling emotions that relationships can cause couples. The two have definitely become one of favorite literary couples to read about. Regardless if they are separated or together, Janie and Cabel are extremely realistic and relatable.
Janie's abilities are further explored and it was actually a real pleasure to see things being pieced together. However, even with all that extra knowledge there were still plenty of questions left unanswered. But that's what the last book, GONE, is for. I'm very excited to read Lisa's third book and I'm also sad that it will be the end of this unique and original world she has created.