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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Review: Fade

Author: Lisa McMann
Release date: 5th August 2010
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Target audience: 12+

Summary from Amazon:
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...

Review:
Fade continues Janie's story as she tries to master some of her tools as a Dream Catcher. This story felt more sinister than Wake. It is less about the angst of teenage life and more about abuses of power. The story begins when Janie and Cabel are assigned a new mission by the Captain. The police have had a tip off that there is a sexual predator stalking the classrooms of Fieldridge High. The story is truly disturbing as the police have reason to believe that this person is a teacher at the school and is using their position to manipulate and corner their prey. Janie is willing to take on the new assignment even if it means she will be used as bait.

The novel is hugely effective in making the reader uncomfortable as Janie waits and watches and records her suspicions as evidence. There is a huge sense of foreboding as Janie follows her hunches and actively seeks out ways to get the predator to idenitfy him or her self. Cabel shares the reader's hestitancy. He feels that Janie is being put at too great a risk. He had my full sympathy. There are moments in this novel that I was completely repulsed - such is its power.

Stylistically, I again loved McMann's very concise choice of words. It is the compact telling of the story which creates such a dramatic and frightening impact. But also moved me too because McMann can equally communicate emotion. I particularly loved this description:

'He kisses her.
She kisses him.
They kiss.'

© Lisa McMann, 2009, pg. 29

It couldn't be any more simple and yet it has such power to make your heart melt.

Overall, Fade is another brilliant story from Lisa McMann. It is thrilling, dark and tightly written. The more I read of Janie and Cabel, the more I want to read. I cannot recommend this series enough to fans of paranormal mysteries. Fade twists and turns and ultimately consumed me. A fabulous book!

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me the review copy.

I am super excited for the final instalment Gone which publishes in the UK in November.

14 comments:

Alessandra @Out of the Blue said...

I really want to read both this and Gone, but I have to re-read Wake first as I don't really remember much about it!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

O the UK cover is grand! Great review!

cj'alhafiz said...

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Library Mice said...

Ooooh, I have never heard of this. I am keeping this in mind for the library. Love the quote!

Rhiana said...

I haven't read any of these books but I like your description of concise and compact! I'm not a fan of over description at all.

Lauren said...

Fab review Becky - this sounds like more of the same, and since I liked the first one so much that can only be a good thing. That quote does have a really beautiful simplicity.

prophecygirl said...

Fade is my favourite of this series. I loved it. You're right that it's a lot darker than Wake (and Gone), and I too think Lisa McMann's writing is fab.

I'm interested to see what you make of Gone when you read it. I wasn't convinced.

girlsinthestacks.com said...

I really liked Wake and Fade (Wake is my fav.), and love her simple writing style too. I will have to check back and see what you think of Gone cause I sure have some opinions on that one.

Becky said...

Alessandra, you will certainly enjoy this. I cannot wait for Gone.

Juju, I agree - the cover is very contemporary. I love it.

CJ, hmmm were you asking me to check out the link?
It's cool if you are, but a little comment as to why would be good...for spam reasons :-)

Library Mice, I definitely recommend Wake and Fade for the library. They are both excellent.

Rhiana, oh really? You should definitely read this series. So great and snappy.

Lauren, you will not be disappointed. This is as equally brilliant as book 1.

Jenny, I thought maybe it was me...it has been a while since I read Wake and I couldn't remember how dark it was. I just remember loving the style and the plot. I think this one is more about nightmares than dreams so perhaps that is why.

I'm hoping I will love Gone but you make me a little worried...

Girls in the Stacks, oooh...I am INTRIGUED. Hurry up November so I can form an opinion too. Yay!

Nicola said...

Oh, I loved Wake and Fade soooo much! It could have been my favourite trilogy in ages. I wasn't thrilled with Gone, though. Usually I like UK covers way better than North American ones but I'm not lovin' that cover either.

Darlyn said...

I ove the UK cover!And thanks for the review too ;p

Caroline said...

I had never heard of this series (I mean, just the title, nothing else!) and I am really interested! The story looks really dark in this one indeed!
I like the quote you put, the style looks really amazing in its simplicity!
Thanks for your review!!!
x

Becky said...

Nicola, I keep hearing that Gone is not as god s the other books. I'm feeling a little disappointed.

Darlyn, I love the cover too. I guess it doesn't have a universal appeal though.

Caroline, Wake is the first book and it is brilliant. For an aspiring writer I think it is great to see such a concise approach to novel writing.

Clover said...

Oh I'm really looking forward to this one! It sounds brilliant.