Thursday, October 14, 2010

Justine's Thoughts: Wake by Lisa McMann

Wake (Wake #1)
By Lisa McMann

Source: Library
Book Description:

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. . . .

A quote:

Dreams aren’t memories.

Any thoughts:

Wake certainly captured my interest with its plot about dreams, especially with a character like Janie who has the ability to be in other people’s dreams. Although it does sound pretty cool to know what other people dream of, to Janie, it’s the worst possible thing.

The concept is easy to understand. Lisa McMann writes in third person narration with simplicity and a touch of poetic voice. The sentences are fairly short, almost lyrical. A technique like this carries an eerie atmosphere and makes the plot flow easily. It was fascinatingly quick to read.

And there’s the romance part, which I really loved. But Janie’s love interest has secrets of his own. I cannot reveal more, unfortunately.

Lisa McMann can tell a thrilling, haunting story that is sure to keep you in mystery and out of your seat to go and get the next instalment, Fade. Yes, that’s exactly what I’m doing!

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