Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wake by Lisa McMann Review

"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."

Wake is certainly an interesting book. It is told is a form that somewhat resembles a diary. And it tells of the dreams Janie slips into to whenever she is near a sleeping person. She sees much and can immediately see the secrets, fears, and desires of a person. Occasionally, she can also see memories. It is all very interesting.

In the beginning, it all starts with a bunch of dreams. The first one was when Janie slip into a businessman's dream of being naked in the boardroom or meeting or something like that. She soon saw him passing by after she slipped out of his dream. That was when Janie first realized she had something special. She had a special gift. Wasn't that interesting? Well, I'll tell you something. It gets old when Janie keeps on seeing/visiting dreams of people (characters; 2D characters) we don't care about. I don't really care about her lesbian friend. I don't care about that monster. I don't care. The beginning was way too long for my taste. 

The plot starts picking up around the time she met Cabe. I mean, the second time. Not the first time, but the second time. He is around nineteen years old (actually, he said so himself). Then he finds out about her gift and gets freaked out. Of course, it isn't that surprising considering the fact that no one is psyche unless she is (as Petunia Dursley nee Evans from Harry Potter) a "freak." So the entire plot basically revolves around Cabe and Janie. What does this remind me of? An only-two-character show. That's Twilight without the abuse.

Janie is one cautious and careful character. She makes sure no one knows about her gift until Cabe happened. She is mostly passive. Not once has she spoken against her mother's drinking habits or little money. She simply accepts the way she is and tries to make the best of the situation. She goes to work for money. She watches out for her mother, but I think she is trying to not pay attention to her mother and instead focus on Cabe or her friends. It takes a long time before trust is given by her unless your name is Cabe.

The amount of secrets is stunning. From Carrie's secrets to Cabe's truths, Janie knows most of them as long as they appear in a dream. She soon realizes there are some dreams that are only imagination and not memories.

Overall, I think Wake is a good book with a few rotten bumps in the row. I won't explain the rotten bumps in great detail (they will spoil the book), but I will say a few words. Like this: slow beginning, little character development (for some characters), and incorrect facts (especially Cabe's part).

Rating: Three out of Five

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