Sunday, April 27, 2014

Wake Trilogy Mash-Up Review

ISBN: 1442499133
Pages: 690
Source: Library

Bind-up collection of the Wake Trilogy by Lisa McMann.
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant.

Hey guys, today I'm going to be doing a review mash-up of the Wake Trilogy by Lisa McMann. I'm going to give my opinions on all three books and then the trilogy as a whole. Just as a quick warning, there will be spoilers if you haven't read the entire trilogy because I will be recounting all three books. :)

The first book in the trilogy is Wake and we're introduced to Janie who has a habit of getting sucked into other people's dreams. She can't help it and lately she's being sucked into someone crazy nightmare. Janie realizes that the person whose nightmare she's getting sucked into is Cabel, a "social" outcast of sorts at the school. They sort of become friends which progresses into something similar to a shaky relationship. One minute they're on and the next they're not. I did like how you got to learn about Janie's power with her and go along on her journey to use her "gift" for good. Overall, it was an interesting concept.

The second book is Fade and I have to say it's probably my favorite out of the entire trilogy. Here, so many things are revealed to Janie and she learns to use her ability for good. She teams up with the local police force and Cabel to find out if there's a sex predator at their high school since the police have been getting anonymous calls that direct to that. There was a lot of action going on and it was so suspenseful you could feel it in the air around you. You get to see Janie grow so much from a girl who unwillingly gets sucked into dreams to someone to jumps into people dreams on purpose. It was super fun to read and again, probably my favorite out of the trilogy.

The third book is Gone and it was a bit of a disappointment. I felt like after the high you get from reading Fade, the slow draw of conclusion that Gone mostly focuses on is a bit of a drag and not the way I expected for the story to end. Gone pays a lot of attention to Janie dealing with the drawbacks to her gift. With each dream that she jumps into, she loses her sight and her "arthritis" in her hands gets worse. Essentially, Janie spends a good portion of Gone just worrying about her life and whether she should stay in the police force and if she should stay with Cabel. I wished it could have been more action-y because it was kind of a slow ending, but it was a good ending nonetheless. 

The format of all three books are the same. Each section is divided by a date and time which gives a sense of time that the story is taking place. Overall, I did enjoy the trilogy, the last book was just a bit of a drag to me. Definitely recommend the first two books, but the last one, again I'm a bit iffy on. :)
Wake: (3.5/5)
Fade:   (3.5/5)
Gone:  (3/5)

Foreverly Obsessed,

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