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I flew through Wake by Lisa McMann when I first got the book.  It was one of those books you just had to keep reading because of the engaging storyline.  I was hoping that I would feel the same way about Fade, the next book in the series and…. drum roll… please…I loved it just as much as the first one.

 

Fade picks up soon after Wake ends.  Things are going well for Janie, well as well as can be expected considering the abysmal home life she has with her mother.  Her mother, as in the last book, doesn’t win any parenting awards. Most of her time is spent sleeping and when she is not sleeping, she is drinking. Janie is still going out with Cabel, of course no one knows about it.  One day soon hopefully they can make their romance public.  In the meantime he is her rock especially during the horrific dreams that she gets sucked into.  Those dreams suck her of all energy, and many times it takes a while for her to gain all of her senses. 

 

At first I thought it would be exciting to slip in other people’s dreams. After reading both books, I have come to the conclusion that I definitely don’t want to have Janie’s “talent”.    In this book, through written diary entries, we learn all about the good, bad and ugly (and believe me there is an ugly) of dream catching thanks to the guidance of Mrs. Stubin.  The question is can Janie handle everything knowing what darkness may lie ahead.  Is she strong enough to control the dream catching or will the dream catching ultimately end up destroying her?

 

In this book, the police department once again need’s Janie’s help.  Quite possibly there is sexual predator on the loose among the faculty at the high school she attends.  The only way to know for sure is to have Janie work undercover. Working undercover is not a walk in the park and it puts Janie in some dangerous situations.   Cabel’s own demons and the fact that he doesn’t want to lose Janie causes some tensions between them that can be felt throughout the book.

 

Definitely a little darker than the first book, this tense, tightly written book keeps the momentum of the story going from the first page all the way through the last. Looking forward to reading the last book in the trilogy, Gone, when it comes out next year in 2010.

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