Saturday, August 21, 2010

Supernatural Saturday: Review of Wake

Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people's dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.
[from Goodreads]

Rating:   3.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: YA paranormal fans
High point: The aftertaste
Low point: The blinders
Reader maturity: 15+

Wake is one of those books that had a much greater impact upon completion than it did during the reading. I had trouble getting into the novel, but after I finished, I realized just how well-written it actually was. It's written in 3rd person, present tense with a mix of short and long "entries," almost like a diary, creating a feeling of disjointedness and confusion. Within that form, there is some beautiful prose that captures the essence of the situation and paints a picture clearer than any long, flowery descriptions. For example:
He sits beside her with two soda and an apology. (paperback, p. 152)
I loved the relationship between Janie and Cable. They have their issues, but even when they're both being stubborn, they try so hard to keep it together. Janie jumps to some insane conclusions sometimes, but for the most part, she seems like a pretty rational teenager, at least for someone who has to worry about falling into people's dreams all the time.

The supporting characters were a little flat, but I think it's the writing style rather than an error in the writing itself. The "entries" allow the reader to focus on Janie and Janie's thoughts and actions, which can, of course, be like watching the world through blinders--just like how Janie sees it. Aside from the dreamwalking, the plot was a bit of a stretch; however, it all fell into place nicely, and I'm looking forward to Fade and Gone.

Title:  Wake
Author:  Lisa McMann
Genre:   Teen Fiction - Suspense
Year:   2008
Book Source:  Won from Shooting Stars Mag


  1. I've yet to start this series, but I've been quite intrigued. Thank you for an honest review, and it definitely gives me something to think about when preparing to read the series :)

  2. I loved Wake and Fade. I've yet to read Gone though.

  3. I can't wait to start this series. It looks like it will be an intriguing read.