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Fade (Wake Series, Book 2) Hardcover – February 10, 2009
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Grade 9 Up—This intriguing, if not quite stand-alone, sequel to Wake (S & S, 2008) follows undercover investigators and high school seniors Janie Hannagan and her partner/boyfriend Cabel as they attempt to unmask and trap a sexual predator teaching at Fieldridge High. Janie is a dream catcher—she has the ability to be sucked into another person's dreams—and her job is to glean clues to the culprit's identity from her classmates and to act as bait. The latter task annoys protective Cabe, and their relationship, already strained by a scarcity of alone time and the need for secrecy (their last case might be jeopardized if they are seen together), is further stressed. Furthermore, Janie receives documents from her now-deceased dream-catcher mentor promising to detail the fate in store for her, and she's not sure she wants to know the truth. While there are few surprises in the main plot arc, the spare but effective narrative holds readers' attention, especially when Janie delves into the chilling truth of her ability. Teens who like the supernatural-tinged drama of shows like Ghost Whisperer and Medium may be tempted by this series.—Christi Esterle, Parker Library, CO
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This sequel to Wake (2008) follows dream-catcher Janie as she navigates the treacherous world of dreaming the dreams of others. Janie and her boyfriend, Cabel, use their skills to work undercover investigating teachers suspected of drugging and abusing students at class parties. Janie takes on more than she can handle in cracking the case, and Cabel is unable to intervene to his satisfaction, which strains their relationship. Janie also comes to understand more about her dream-catching ability and the consequences in store for her, most notably a heavy, irreversible physical toll. The series is moving in a darker, more dramatic direction, with Janie facing evil and needing to decide if she can sacrifice her own health for the greater good. Series of sentence fragments (“She scratches her head. Looks around. Laughs”) take some getting used to but keep the action firmly in the present tense and build suspense. A great blend of mystery, romance, and supernatural elements, and featuring a strong but vulnerable female protagonist, this episode ends with an irresistible hook for the final installment. Grades 8-11. --Heather Booth
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Now that Janie knows Cabe isn't a drug dealer and is actually an undercover narc, she trusts him completely. She even begins working for the same department he does, trying to find leads in their small town. When a tip comes into a hotline that a teacher might be sexually assaulting students, the Captain sends in Janie as bait, much to Cabe's horror. Through her investigation, Janie suspects one of her teachers, but she can't prove anything. When the teacher invites the whole class to a Chem party at his house, she is nominated to go in and make sure nothing happens. Armed with her ability to read dreams and test strips to tell if there are drugs in any of the drinks, Janie feels safe enough to go to the party. What she doesn't know is that what she suspected was happening is really only the tip of the iceberg. In reality, the situation is much more terrifying and she walks willingly into a situation she might not find her way out of.
This was a much more disturbing follow up to the first story. With Wake, I thought the series bordered on the line of a middle reader series- very innocent paranormal series, but interesting enough to keep a kid's attention. With this sequel, it is clear this series is meant for young adults. The truth Janie uncovers is so terrifying it made me horrified just thinking about it. And the descriptions of how everything unfolded at the party will make you start homeschooling your children immediately. That all being said, this is a good book for a mature student who has low reading skills. It is a short, simple book but the material is anything but innocent.
Janie's character development really intrigued me in this sequel. At first, we knew she was an independent young woman who dealt with her mother's debilitating alcoholism with stoic determination. She wanted to do anything to go to college, and worked her butt off to save for it. Her dream hopping was hidden the best she could, and she kept everything to herself (before Cabe of course). But in this story we see a different side of her, and a lot of that comes from the more she learns about the dream catching. Through a deceased dream catcher's journals, Janie learns the terrifying fate that awaits her thanks to the dreams. The dreams not only take a lot out of her emotionally, but they literally drain the life right out of her. Now she must find a way to steel herself against the horrible truth of what awaits her. Do you think she will be able to live with the truth?
Well, it was very good. But it is so different than the first book and has a lot more developmental problems than the first that it almost didn't feel like it belonged to WAKE.
WAKE was dreamy - an extraordinary world opening up amidst darkness and loneliness - exacerbated by a complicated and hungry teenage love. I read it twice. I was on pins and needles the whole time.
FADE isn't even a little bit like that. It is harder, darker, faster, rougher. The subject matter is shocking and doesn't make the reading fun at all...not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but it is so uncomfortable to read sometimes that it really sucks the dreaminess out of the book entirely. It is hard to fall in love with Cabel and Janie's wonderful romance while having to face the twisted, sick sexual predators Janie is helping the police track down at her school.
Positives: I think that Janie is maturing as a character, really coming into her own. The writing style, sparse and beautiful like a constant weaving of thoughts and moments, is even better this time around. It reads as easy as breathing. Most of the time Cabel remains a great character, and towards the end we get real insight into WHO he is now, and less about who he was THEN. I also like the relationship between Janie and the Captain. The sensual love scene between Janie and Cabel is so beautiful it left me with goosebumps. It was such a beautifully written scene. So many authors either pretend that teenagers don't do that, that it's not appropriate for teenagers to read about, or they write it so awkward and uncomfortable to read that no one can mistake it for sensuality. I think Lisa McMann really took a chance with that scene and the results were a stunning success.
Negatives: There is so much plot in this book, there is very little character development and interaction. Carrie is a nonentity, the mom is even MORE of a nonentity in this book than she was before, almost to the point of implausibility. Even Shay, the girl that we are informed at the beginning of the book is still hot for Cabel doesn't even make an appearance in the entire novel. Instead we are inundated with creepy ass teachers and a lot of in depth analysis of teenage police work. Which is another thing that bothers me- the assignment is almost too horrible to believe. It seems impossible for me to think that the Captain, who seems to care about Janie, would put her in the situation that she does, and even more impossible to accept Janie's reactions to Cabel's reactions. He freaks out, she gets mad at him for trying to control her. And as for Cabel? While he is a fantastic character most of the time, the end is a little too neat. He seems to understand himself in the way an adult would understand their teenage selves looking back fifteen years later. He didn't seem like much of a teenager. Which was too bad. In the first book his teenage habits actually give more life to him.
Like I said, not as great as the first book, but still very good. I am excited to see how she pulls it all together in GONE. It should be very, very exciting.