Monday, April 30, 2012

Abducted by Fade


After I finished Wake by Lisa McMann I could not wait to listen to the rest of the series. I didn't waist any time jumping right into the sequel Fade. But I promise you that there are no spoilers here. So if you haven't read the first book yet, don't worry, you are free to read on...

In the first book we meet Janie and Cabel. Cabel is a dreamy bad boy with lots of secrets and demons. And Janie is very special girl with a very special gift. I loved that when we met Janie she knew she had the gift to be inside the dreams of others but she didn't know what power and strength could come with it. She hadn't realized its full potential in her life. A lot of YA books that involve MC's with special gifts, we usually meet them when they have just been given the gift. Like how in The Name of the Star Rory didn't always have the ability to see ghosts. Or how Percy Jackson was only just learning that Greek myths were no myths at all. But that's not how it is with Janie.

In Wake we were given a glimpse into this very isolated life Janie has been living since she realized her gift when she was eight years old. It was sad to hear about how she had always had this ability and had never been given the opportunity to even reach out to her own mother for an explanation or direction. That is why Wake spends most of the book developing the relationships in Janie's life and allowing her to meet Cabel, someone she can finally share her secret with. In that book Janie barely even begins to realize how she could use her gift to solve mysteries.

And that, my friends, is exactly where Fade picks up.

In Fade, Janie learns that a teacher at Fieldridge High is molesting some of the students. A couple of anonymous drunk phone calls have come through to a special hotline that the police are taking very seriously. Now, Janie must sift through the dreams of her peers to try and gain some clues. And as Janie gets further involved in the case, she also learns that her gift may come with very serious consequences.

I loved the whole mystery aspect of this book, although it did start to creep me out. Not only does Janie use her gift to suggests certain teachers as suspects, but once she suspects them she uses herself as bate to see how they will react to her. I was kind of shocked that those parts came so easily to Janie, but I also felt that it displayed that there really is hidden strength inside of her.

As far as all of the consequences go...


Well, okay, I really can't get into it. I have very very strong feelings about them and there is absolutely no way that I can write about them without including spoilers.

I have checked out the audio version of Gone (the last book) from my local library and I will be starting it on Wednesday. Part of me can't wait to finish the series, but another part of me is scared about the how it is all going to tie together. But as far as Fade goes, I loved it. Certain parts were hard for me because I loved these characters so much. Looking back, I think the parts that I struggled with were when Cabel and Janie were having their most human, realistic, moments. In every relationship, and with every gift, there are going to be good sides and dark sides. But I really don't want dark sides for them! I want them to have everything! They deserve everything! They shouldn't have to have consequences! They have paid enough with the cards that life has dealt them, I promise you!

I'm going to give Fade by Lisa McMann an abduction rating of...

4 comments:

fakesteph said...

These sound good. I'm glad you liked it. I love creepy mysteries! What did you think of the audio versions? Should I get them or grab a paper copy?

Kate@Midnight Book Girl said...

I skipped this review since I haven't read it yet, but I know it's full of your usual wit and awesomeness. I promise to read it once I get to Fade!

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase said...

I'm dittoing Kate's comment, since I haven't even read Wake yet! I'll have to come back once I read both books.

Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books said...

I still haven't read any of this series. There are like a million bazillion books I want to read right now that I feel like my head is going to explode! I need more hours in the day, though if that were to happen I'm sure it would end up being extra working hours. I will read them someday, I promise!

 
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