Not all dreams are sweet.
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....
Thank you to my awesome friend Amee for this book!
I thought the cover was blue on black. It’s actually purple. I wonder why all the online graphics look blue... Or maybe it’s just me. In any rate, very eye catching cover and design.
Off the top of the head, I can think of a couple of books where the slick pacing cut the climax in half and, in full, killed the novel. Do it correctly—not to mention couple it with a hell of a package—and you get a bestseller. I think it took me, what, an hour and a half to finish this? I’ve got a few short-attention-span friends who could use a book with a defined beginning, middle and end that reads as quickly as this. The sparse prose was unique, and I imagine it takes skill to get reach to this level of concise storytelling, so hats off to Lisa McMann.
That said, while I do think the structure was sound as it was, I do have to complain a bit about the characters. Janie’s got a strong enough voice, and her friend Carrie is well-defined, but when the interaction starts, the transition from scene to scene gets rusty. At times it felt like a telling talking to—character is a puppet in a show and does whatever its master wants, whenever they want it. Janie and Cabel going from acquaintances to chummy neighbors, in particular, needed a little more oiling.
Oh, and this is a little benign, but I also wished the subject matter—the toward-the-end transgressions, if you get my drift—had been dealt with a little more weight. It wouldn’t have hurt to have halted a bit on the 120mph speed to let the full circumstances of the scene set in.
But all in all, good novel. I certainly enjoyed reading it, and it did keep me up when I’d only had two hours of sleep the night before and was dreaming of catching some Zs. Lisa’s bestseller status is very well-deserved, and I for one shall be checking out Fade.
P.S. Just remembered another mild annoyance—there seemed to be a lot of exclamation marks or periods where question marks should’ve been. Not good for speed reading with your eyes glazed over. But mild, mild. Focus on the pretty cover.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Not all dreams are sweet.