Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wake Trilogy

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....

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 behavior 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...

Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she'd made her peace with it. But she can't handle dragging Cabel down with her.

She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He's amazing. And she's a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves--she has to disappear. And it's going to kill them both.Then a stranger enters her life--and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she'd ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out...

I think this is the second time in my entire life that I have read a series from start to finish. Mainly because I am the one waiting for the next book to come out, in this case the book Gone I won in a Paper Back Swap Game. The individual was nice enough to send me the first 2 books and thank goodness she did!

For a teen read I found this a bit gritty. There is cussing, sex, drinking, drugs and very adult situations. As an adult I am fine with this and to be honest as a teen I was not deaf dumb and blind to these things. I just have to hope that the teens reading these books do not find them cool…and Lisa does not paint them as acceptable behavior. She also glosses over the sex quickly, no details and if you are not paying very close attention you may miss it.

Lisa McMann’s characters are very different which I really liked. Many times I feel like I am reading the same personality but with different names. I also really liked that none of her characters were perfect…perfection is something that simply can not be achieved. Her characters have strengths and weaknesses, pasts that haunt them and futures that they look forward to yet dread at the same time like most teens and adults.

You are introduced to all of the players in Wake and they are developed through all three books. Each book has its own separate story/mystery to solve and the continued storyline. I never once felt like the book left to much open, but that may be because I got to read them straight through.

Who would I recommend this series to…Mature Teens that are confident with who they are and any adults that love a bit of science fiction. I would say that this is also a good series for both sexes. Yes the point of view is feminine but she is not overly girly and the male character plays a very strong part in her life.

If you would like more information…or have questions for me please drop me a comment and I will do my best to answer you without “spoiling”.

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