For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams
at any given moment is getting old.
Especially the falling dreams, and the standing-in-front-of-the-class-naked ones. But then there are the nightmares, the ones that chill her to the bone… like the one where she is in a strange house…in a dirty kitchen…and a sinister monster that edges ever closer.
This is the nightmare that she keeps falling into, the one where, for the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant…
About the Author
Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy; Cryer’s Cross; Dead to You; and the middle-grade dystopian fantasy series The Unwanteds. She lives with her family in the Phoenix area. Read more about Lisa and find her blog at LisaMcMann.com. Or better yet, be her friend on Facebook (McMannFan) and follow her on Twitter (@lisa_mcmann).
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Comments about Wake:
Its premise is unusual, lending to an original storyline. The main characters are flawed in that anti-hero way, giving depth to what could have turned out to be a disaster.
If I wanted to get technical and pick this book to pieces, you probably wouldn't read it, but judged solely on its entertainment value, it rates high on my metre. Yes, the language is choppy and reads like a teen girls journal (but that is the target market right?) and some of the plot points a little unrealistic; but it is a fantasy, so you need to roll with the punches.
'Wake' was a very quick read – I completed it in one night. Its style is quite abrupt and in your face, so don't expect an eloquent tale of a reluctant hero. I hate to say, but it almost feels like a first draft, where you are scrambling to get down the story before an edit to have it flowing properly. Having said that, I feel the writing style adds to the ambiance and subject matter. As Janie, the main character, is pulled in and out of consciousness, so is the reader.
I can't say I predicted the direction of this novel all that expertly, and it felt as clunky as the writing, and often dwelled in that 'after-school-special' feeling with some of the topics thrown in the storyline. Given all these faults, 'Wake' still captured my imagination.
Janie's narration, her living situation was a little difficult to relate to. I know in YA books the parents aren't that present, but it felt unrealistic in this case and had me glancing sideways at time thinking 'Oh brother!'
Cabel, the new guy (well, re-invented) and Janie have this "come here, no go away relationship," which was annoying, but managed to pay off at the conclusion of the novel. I'm still not certain I wholly liked the development of these two, but I think it came down the writing style of Lisa McMann, rather than the plot. If you can get past the slips of realism they are actually a cute and complimentary pair.
Carrie, Janie's rebellious best friend brings some great colour (and language), although their friendship felt more like it was out of convenience than some deep connection. Nonetheless she is a great voice of reason in the novel and is one of my favorite characters.
I would still recommend this read, such an imaginative premise, dealing with complicated and taboo issues unabashedly. Being such a quick read I can overlook some of the issues I had about its style (hence 3 stars instead of 2) and jumped into the second installment of this series, 'Fade,' soon after. (I will say I enjoyed this sequel fare better – be sure to keep an eye out for that review!)
I good little read when you have insomnia :p
Series: Wake Trilogy
For Ages: 14 - 17 years old
For Grades: 9+
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 24th March 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.955 x 13.970 x 21.59
Weight (kg): 0.204
Edition Number: 1