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Gone by Lisa McMann

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

Genre: Mystery/Paranormal/Contemporary

Release Date: 1/19/2010

Publisher: Simon Pulse

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About the Book: Janie's future as a dream catcher isn't bright. Her chances of going crippled and blind are high and she always runs the risk of falling into people's dreams. She knows Cabel will stick with her, no matter what, even though she doesn't want to bring him down with her.

When a stranger enters Janie's life, she discovers another possible future-but one that mean she would be alone. Both choices have risks-which will Janie choose?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I wasn't the biggest fan of Wake and Fade, but I found them interesting enough that I wanted to read the finale to the series. Unfortunately, Gone fell flat for me and is my least favorite of the series.

I didn't feel the choppy writing style from the first two was present as much in this one, which I liked. But what I didn't like was that the fast pace and engaging storyline wasn't there. There was no mystery to solve. Gone instead is much more of a personal story for Janie and I found myself getting mad and annoyed with her more than I wanted to see her succeed.

I felt like the plot was lacking. I liked the overall storyline of dream catchers, but I never really felt a connection with Janie or Cabel in this one. They both were whiny and I just never found myself caring. The whole book had an "after school special" feel, which I found somewhat trite. (Although I am glad the book didn't reach the goofyness that was Fade!)

It was a good ending to the series and was a quick fast read. But I thought the first book was the most inventive and creative, even if they did get somewhat silly-(the books have a realistic feel, yet I could never buy into the teens working undercover for the cops storyline).

I would only pick this one up if you were a fan of the first two and wanted to see how they end. Ms. McMann is working on a new series, and I'm interested in seeing how it turns out. I think she's very talented, this series just wasn't my favorite. Wake is on our state award list for next year, so I'm interested to see how the teens at my library respond to the series.


  1. Oh, I'm sorry to hear that it fell flat for you. I recently read the first two in the series and am #2 at the library for Gone. I can't wait to get my hands on it to be quite honest. I hope I have better results. LoL

    Thanks for the honest review.


  2. If you enjoyed the first two, I'm sure you'll like this one. I just wasn't a big fan and it was sort of a weak ending.

  3. See, I really loved WAKE. Thought FADE was okay. And am worried about picking up GONE because of all the negative to middling reviews I've read.

  4. I pretty much agree with you. I wish there had been more plot, though I didn't mind Janie's more personal story. If only it hadn't been sooo depressing!!

  5. Angie-I'm eager to know what you think of this one!

    Lenore-I know, it was so depressing. And the plot was somewhat lacking and the book was short, so it really felt like the entire thing was one depressing read.


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