Thursday, 7 October 2010

Fade by Lisa McMann

August 2010, Simon and Schuster
260 pages (roughly), Paperback 
Review copy, part of UK Book Tours

Young Adult

Moderate use of strong language, moderate detail and occurence of adult relationships, adult issues including rape and unwanted physical contact , tissues needed

Summary from Simon and Schuster
For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams.
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 behaviour has grave consequences for them both.

And if that isn't bad enough, Janie has discovered Martha Stubin's journals, and what she learns through them chills her to the bone. For not only is her fate as a Dream Catcher sealed, but what's to come is so much darker than she'd ever feared... It seems that some nightmares never end…

Nayuleska's Thoughts
I adored this book. Knowing the background meant I jumped into the book running. I wanted to see Janie's skills in action (and Cabes. He gets more than a little be protective of Janie,which does add tension to their relationship). I loved how she was able - with a lot of work - to have more of an influence in her dreams. She needed that for gathering information on the case she and Cabe are working on. It felt that roles were reversed a little: in Wake it was Cabe who was the key player in the job the Captain gave them, in Fade it is Janie who is in the limelight. A lot of that limelight had me screwing up my nose in a mixture of anger and disgust. Men who eye up girls and then lure them into inappropriate acts are Evil. I was glad that Janie had a such a case, but where it led her made me feel bad inside. Because unfortunately this happens in the world, and there aren't dream catchers like Janie to save people. Normal detectives do a great job, but there are a lot of cases that slip through the police radar. 

As a character, I think I liked Janie more in Fade than Wake because I understood her a bit better. I could see why she chose the path she did at certain stages in the book - it wasn't the right one, but she had her reasons.  Janie wasn't the best communicator in certain parts of the story, which did affect her relationship with Cabe. It shows how important it is to talk to people, whether they are partners, friends or family. It isn't a happily ever after, because there is a darkness in Janie's future. I'm very fearful for her future, and I'm looking forward to hopefully reading Gone. Although Cabe loves her, I'm not so sure whether he will always reach through to Janie and give her the comfort she needs. He can't be with her every second of every day. It is in those moments that she will be consumed with fear. 

Final Conclusion
Entering people's dreams isn't as fun as it sounds, not when there are side effects...

Make sure you've read book one, Wake

Lisa McMann can be found on her website here.

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