Rating: 2.5/5 Stars
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.