The Compulsive Reader: Fade by Lisa McMann

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fade by Lisa McMann

Christmas Break has been quiet thus far for Janie and Cabel. But now the Captain has their first joint assignment: there is reason to believe that Fieldridge High has a sexual predator among the teachers. While Janie and Cabel are quick to narrow down the suspects, their relationship suffers from withheld feelings and thoughts. And then Janie discovers the dreadful truth about her abilities and the dim future ahead of her.

Lisa McMann's sequel to her popular debut Wake contains the same creepy dreams and suspense, plus a stellar, structured plot and more skillful character development. Fade unfolds more quickly than its predecessor since it was revealed to readers that Cabel is working for the police, but that doesn’t mean all of the secrets our out in the air—quite the opposite, in fact. McMann's style is stark and steady, and her frank, straightforward manner is refreshing. The climax of the novel is riveting and frightening, and will have a very real and relevant impact on teens. This is a quick read that will have you rooting for Janie and Cabel, and has the power to scare and entertain at the same time.

Cover Comments: I wasn't too crazy about the covers of Wake and Fade at first, but they've really grown on me. I like the glass of water on this cover (it's not a blue candle like I thought at first!), and the black and blue colors with the big font for the title make the books look intense, which they are. Good cover!


Anonymous said...

I've read "Wake" and enjoyed it; I'm glad to read "Fade" is good too!

Like you, I wasn't so sure about the book cover; until I saw it for real. Then, it seemed really simple but in a good way.

Cecelia said...

I agree that McMann does a good job of incorporating both the scary and entertaining elements. The plot definitely evolves faster in Fade than in Wake, which I'm not sure I liked, but I definitely enjoyed the story, and the characterizations improved.

Good review!

Unknown said...

Great review!

I liked this one too but I didn't think it was too great. I still can't wait for the third book! :D

Mari said...

One day I will read these books. :)

Anonymous said...

I recently read this one too and adored it. I can't wait for the third one!

I love the covers - they're intense without really being complex.

Shalonda said...

Ooh, I love this series! Can't wait for the next book!

simply nerdy book reviews said...

I HEART THESE BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i simply cannot WAIT for the next installment!