Saturday, 18 September 2010

Fade by Lisa McMann

Dream Catcher #2. Contains spoilers from book #1, Wake.
"Some nightmares never end.
For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck.
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.
Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability - and it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd even feared..."

I  loved Wake, the first book in this trilogy, and was told by one of my very good book buddies that Fade was, in her opinion anyway, even better. Honestly, I wasn't sure, because I adored Wake and good as second/third/whatever books in a series can be, quite often (with me at least) first books which hook me far harder than expected, leave too big a lasting impression for them to be easily bettered. Turns out, my bud was right, because Fade was immense and I loved it even more than Wake!

It's been a month since the huge drug bust Cabel and Janie got to the bottom of with the undercover cops they work with and Janie is only just recovering from the affects of it. But now the Captain has a new case for them. She's certain something is going on at the school, something dark and sinister, but she needs Janie, with her dream catcher skills, and Cabel's easy way of blending in and getting people talking, to try and get to the bottom of it. But it's not a simple task. And dangerous for Janie. Meanwhile, she's also searching through Martha Stubin's old files, trying to learn more about what she can do. But that too carries dark, dangerous secrets for her.

Yeah, I so totally got sucked in within moments of starting this book! I love the way Cabe looks out for Janie, but how they're both still so vulnerable, not used to affection, that they find it a little difficult and awkward negotiating some of their relationship. I love how Janie wants to help others in their dreams, but that it comes at a cost. Nothing in life is free or easy and Janie's abilities are no exception. It adds a realness to the book I really like. Janie and Cabe are both awesome characters to follow, together and apart, dealing with their own issues and insecurities. I came to love them even more with Fade, and I think we get to know them a lot better. I also loved the developments of Janie's dream walking, how it affected her, how she's learning control and the cost. I was willing Janie on as she worked to figure out what was going on in her school, and I was so, so proud of her for how she handled things. I wasn't too sure what to really make of the Captain in Wake, but I enjoyed getting more on her in this book, and I really like her now as well, particularly for the role she played towards the end of the book.

Fade continues themes from Wake, but it's also a whole new crime story as well. One that thoroughly creeped me out at times I have to say. But I kind of love books that creep me out without making me love the rest just the same. It's fast paced like Wake, with some good twists and is written in that same short, gripping style than helps with the can't-put-down factor. I very literally couldn't put this book down from about halfway, and I'd barely put it down before that. I just had to find out what happened. I just love everything about these books. The darkness, the realness to Janie's relationships, how she, and Cabe, grow from what they've learnt and faced. I love the protectiveness and love between them, the soft caring nature of their relationship. Suffice to say I can't wait to read Gone, book #3 of the trilogy. No cliff hanger here, it was a very satisfying conclusion to this stage of their story. And yet I wanted more soon as I was done anyway. Sadly, I have to wait a week before I'll have Gone in my hands. This was an awesome read, great characters, fast pace, even some great humor in places taking the edge off the darkness for a moment or two. One of my favourite reads so far this year.

Rating: 10/10

1 comment:

Clover said...

I've been hearing that this is better than the first as well.. It makes me even more excited to read it :)