Wake – Lisa McMann [TSS]

Title: Wake
Author: Lisa McMann
ISBN: 9781416974475
Pages: 224
Release Date: March 4, 2008
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Teen, Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5

From the back cover:

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….

I’ve been hearing great things about Wake and its recently released sequel Fade, so I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of the first book in the series. I read it in one sitting, quickly and eagerly, racing through the pages in order to find out what happens to Janie at the end of the book.

I have to say, I loved the premise of Wake. I feel like fantasy, especially urban fantasy, is an up and coming genre right now, and a lot of ideas are being recycled. Wake seemed very creative and unique; the story was edgy and pushed the limits of teen fiction. I also liked how the story was a little bit gritty; Janie doesn’t come from the best circumstances, but she’s doing whatever she has to in order to get by. College is also a huge priority for her, which is great to see in a teen book. I wouldn’t say that Janie is exactly a role model, but she is a realistically drawn teenager.

I also appreciated that the dreams in the novel and the actual occurrences in Janie’s life were in two different fonts. It makes it a lot easier to keep track of what exactly is going on in the book. I have to say, though, when I was in high school, people definitely did not fall asleep right and left as much as they did in Wake. Is that a new thing these days, or was it used to advance the plot? The writing style was also difficult, not smooth at all. Also, I didn’t really think some of the reactions at the end of the book were realistic, but I don’t want to give away the ending! All I can say is that these issues kept a good book from being great.

The end of the book was definitely set up to turn Wake into the first book of a series, which I’m excited about. Lisa McMann is obviously a talented storyteller. I really hope that she takes Fade and the rest of the books in the series to another level entirely; she certainly has the ability to do just that! Wake is a great book for anyone interested in the premise, not just teenagers. I think this book has a huge amount of promise and can’t wait to pick up Fade!

Comments

  1. Very insightful review! I have seen this book everywhere and feel like I should read it just because…

  2. Very insightful review! I have seen this book everywhere and feel like I should read it just because…

  3. Nicely balanced review. Sounds like an interesting setup. I’m not quite sure I’m going to pick up; I’ll wait for your review of the next book.

  4. Nicely balanced review. Sounds like an interesting setup. I’m not quite sure I’m going to pick up; I’ll wait for your review of the next book.

  5. I’d love to read Fade but I’m holding out as long as I can. I know I’m going to want the next book, Gone, so I’ll wait at bit more.

  6. I’d love to read Fade but I’m holding out as long as I can. I know I’m going to want the next book, Gone, so I’ll wait at bit more.

  7. I keep reading good things about this book, and really want to read it, especially after your review.

  8. I keep reading good things about this book, and really want to read it, especially after your review.

  9. I’m about 1/2 way through this book, and I’m liking it, too. I look forward to reading your review of Fade.

  10. I’m about 1/2 way through this book, and I’m liking it, too. I look forward to reading your review of Fade.

  11. Your review is tempting me to read this book.. nice review 🙂

  12. Your review is tempting me to read this book.. nice review 🙂

  13. aargh, almost bought this one, but just can’t decide. 🙂 Might wait a little longer.

  14. aargh, almost bought this one, but just can’t decide. 🙂 Might wait a little longer.

  15. Great review..this is one of the many books I have to read, but haven’t gotten around to yet.

  16. Great review..this is one of the many books I have to read, but haven’t gotten around to yet.

  17. Great review! I’ll have to see about getting this book though… I’ve been buying too many books lately, LOL.

  18. Great review! I’ll have to see about getting this book though… I’ve been buying too many books lately, LOL.

  19. I totally agree. Read and loved them both. Now all we have to do is wait for the final one.

  20. I totally agree. Read and loved them both. Now all we have to do is wait for the final one.

  21. I loved this one too. I am waiting on my library to get it.

  22. I loved this one too. I am waiting on my library to get it.

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