Fade is set in the 1930s but that doesn't matter. It is completely relevant today simply because it deals with the raw feelings of a young teen PLUS all the great fantastical things that happen to him because of his ability to "fade" (that is to say, he becomes invisible). You would think this ability would be a gift, but as you see everything in Pauls' point of view, it is anything but. I love the implications that he can do whatever he pleases (and I can think of some fun ones as well) but each time, reality slaps Paul in the face.
About halfway through the book, we are introduced to present-day story which is too good to be true. It's as if Robert Cormier is picking up on your hopes and dreams and giving you what you want on a silver platter - except we don't get the answers we so desperately want right away. No, we have to work for them. And that we do, as readers of Fade.
Honestly if I can ever promote an oldie but a goodie, this is it.
Fade takes off exactly where Wake ended. I felt that Fade, compared to its predecessor, Wake, did not reach its full potential. While I agree that Fade was still as captivating and hard to put down as Wake, it was way too rushed for my taste and had too many unanswered questions.
For one, while I thought the gateway to Martha, another dream catcher like Janie who passed away in Wake, through Janies dreams was innovative and fun, I had some questions. How for example, are they connected? I would have understood it if she happened to be alive and traveled to Janies dream, but she passed away even before Janie knew she knew Martha was a dream catcher. Was it a subconscious effect, or somehow the notebook triggered a mysterious dream catcher guidance?
Moving onto Janies and Cabels relationship. Remember how I stated in my review forWake that I felt that they were moving too fast? Well, this time they ran a marathon. Maybe its just my opinion. Also Cabel is an emotional roller coaster, which if I could, I would have asked for a quick break ever once in a while. He can put Edward Cullen to shame with his angst. I had a strong urge to throw a paper ball at his head and scream,stop ignoring Janie! Take a chill pill!
Onto the plot; like Wake, Fade takes you onto a journey to solve a case. Except this time instead of drug dealers, we are talking about sexual predators. It was a love and distaste relationship between it and me. For one, I love the build upgreat details, great clues, and great action. My only complaint had to be the vocabulary. I definitely recommend this to be read by the older teens, some things can get graphic which I do not find to be appropriate. Other than that, it was fine.
If the Wake series ever turned into a television series, I am definitely TiVo-ing it. Seriously. It has all the making to become a smash hitdrama, action, and for those who are interested, sex.
Overall: A great sequel! I am immediately counting down the release of Gone, the third installment to this awesome series!
Author: Robert Cormier
Summary (from AllReads.com):
At the age of 13, in the summer of 1938, Paul Moreaux discovers he
"fade" -- that is, cause himself and his clothing to disappear from
sight of others at will. He lives in the small Massachusetts town of
Monument, in the working-class Canadian Catholic quarter known as
first, he is
thrilled with the things he can do -- spy on
his beloved but
loose Aunt Rosanna, and the wealthy twins across town,
Emerson and Page Winslow
-- but there are larger problems swirling about
him: The comb factory where his
father is employed goes on strike, and
Rosanna's lover Rudolphe Toubert is a
hoodlum who controls much
of the criminal activity in town. Paul also
learns that his "gift" brings
him knowledge about others and himself that he
wishes he never had.
Paul can Fade.
One second, he's there, the next he isn't. Just like that.
At first, he's thrilled: we've all wished we had the ability to vanish from sight, spy on our friends and family (if you say you don't, your a liar). He now has the opprotunity to observe his Aunt Rosanna, attractive and proud of it. He can watch the people in his town behind closed doors, discover who they really are without risking being caught. Every teenage boy's dream, right?
But then, as time goes on and more and more dark secrets are revealed, Paul begins to wish he never had the Fade.
This novel is definetly not for the easily offended. There are some touchy subject matter such as incest, depictions of minor sexuality, murder, mental illness, and child abuse. While accesable, it is pretty disturbing at times. Okay, really disturbing at times.
This story has a total of three narrators; Paul, a young up and coming publisher (and distant cousin of Paul's) who discovers Paul's (who had become a writer) final manuscript before his death---which proves to be the rest of the novel thus far. As she reads it, she begins to wonder. Is this really an autobiography? Did all this happen?
The third narrator, I feel, will definetly spoil it for anyone who has not read it yet, so I'm not going to mention him. But, trust me, his narrative is probably the most unsettling of the three.
I think the highlight of Fade is master storyteller Robert Cormier's ability to take these dreary--often horrific--subjects and themes and make them incredably easy to read. Things like incest and adultary is described in a way that kids can understand. I first read Fade when I was eight, and I remember thinking, "wow, this is wack" while, only days earlier, I had read a book about the exact same subject matter, and having no idea what they were talking about. Cormier's ability to connect with a younger audience is astounding, and his charactors and prose just add to his status as one of the best YA authors of all time.
It's impossible to describe much of Fade because everything about is twisted together in a way that makes near everything a spoiler. I guess you'll just have to take my word for it; Fade will leave you breathless with it's surreal, eery tone and it's strong, layered characters.
I LOVE Cabel! Seriously, I'm so in love with him. Edward who? Yeah,
that bad. It's amazing how wonderful and different this books are. It's
perfect the way she writes. This is one of those magical books that
stick with you. I can safely say it's now one of my favorites.
characters are absolutely awesome. I love their individuality and the
broken parts. In overall it seems so real. The dream part still catches
me, exploring the subject the way Janie does is surreal. There will
always be that delicious mystery about dreams, no matter how studied
they are. They are a weird part of who we are. And I love how Mcmann
plays with that.
The cover is nice, feel right. And I love the
font she uses in titles, and the font changes with what is happening. I
can't believe I have to wait this long for the next one. I feel empty.
But this book I will most likely read again and again. If you like
supernatural, exploring dreams you will love this book. And it has its
great share of romance too. Excellent book!
After reading Wake by Lisa McMann I switched right over to Fade the sequel novel. This book was also pretty good like Wake. You are back in the story of Janie and Cabel. Janie who is instantly inserted into dreams when anyone is dreaming in a near distance to her and Cabel her boyfriend who is working undercover with the Police for various different reasons. The Police Department offers Janie an undercover position with them as well for a paycheck and a full scholarship to college. Their next assignment is to find out if there is a sexual predator among the teachers at their local high school! Cabel of course would do anything before he let Janie get hurt but she is focused on finding out who it is and bringing justice with it. With her gift she has hard choices to make. Her gift/curse has terrible side effects that become more and more apparent as she tries to control the dreams she goes in and out of. She is slowly losing her eye site and the use of her fingers. She has to make the decision to either live a life of solitude away from anyone who dreams in hopes of prolonging these side effects or becoming Ok with what she is and using it to focus to help others. The tail of Janie is a great one. I would recommend to anyone to read as a light summer read. However use caution for younger readers there is many cuss words throughout Wake and Fade.
From inside jacket: SOME NIGHTMARES NEVER END. For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. Theyre just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck.
Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobodys talking. When Janie taps into a classmates violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janies in way over her head, and Cabes shocking behavior has grave consequences for both of them.
Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability and its bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but whats to come is way darker than shed feared.
Favorite characters, quotes/lines: Janie: her strength is amazing&Shes an amazing lead character; Cabel: I love his concern for Janie that kind of love is what every girl wants& he had some amazing parts in the book where his emotion was so strong; Captain: I really like how she is there for Janie
When I finished this book I felt: First off, Janie and Cabes relationship is so addicting. They are both such strong and conflicted characters that their relationship explodes& there scenes together are tense or passionate or both. I love them together. I really love McManns writing style; its short and choppy and totally suits the story. I also like that she takes on really intense subjects without weighing down the story& its a perfect balance.
Other books to read by this author: Janies story is continued in Gone, but Im not sure when it comes out.
I would recommend this book to: Supernatural fans
I was told this book was even better than Wake. I had a hard time
believing it before I started because Wake was pretty darn good. Now
that I finished I totally have to agree! I thought Fade was an awesome
book. The central story about trying to track down a teacher who is
preying on the students was pretty predictable but its what you learn
about Janies ability and the consequences that come with it that
really grabs the reader.
I also enjoy the style of McManns writing with the break down of
dates and times. I seriously cannot wait to see what McManns next
book will bring. This one was a serious-I cannot put this down until
I finish it book.
Reprinted here with author's permission.
With Fade, Lisa McMann has achieved yet another Bestseller. And it's easy to see why. Diction choice is highly selective and effective - no extra words are wasted here. The choppy, fragmented sentences give a feeling of action, of things happening quickly, of being drawn in and carried along with the events as they're taking place.
Fade is written in present tense - not altogether shocking, a lot of books nowadays are - but it's third person present tense. And that blew me away. Somehow, despite that, McMann manages to captivate the audience's attention and offer a sense of immediacy with the characters. Double the accomplishment.
You know a writer's got skill when they recognize the rules, and bend those rules to their will - while still maintaining an effective narrative. Fragmented sentences from a unique perspective tell an enthralling tale in Fade. Characterization of Janie and Cabel was brilliantly done; a sense of immediacy was maintained throughout the majority of the novel. Although there were moments of hindrance due to the tense, these were minor and negligible. Captain is a well rounded, likeable mentor.
The suspense in Fade is simply masterful; so thick and viscous. Although there are certain aspects of the plot twists that could be predicted by more observant readers clearly watching out for foreshadowing, that doesn't really lessen the impact. The wait for vision to return, the loss of feeling in limbs...
It's all there; you just have to be willing to see it.
Plot was fast and action packed - and Janie is a very strong female protag; always a plus. It deals with real issues with credible characters, only adding to the realism. Fade is a suspenseful, chilling ride. Fade. Fantastic.
Janie is now using her dream catching to help solve crimes. This time, she's discovering which of her teachers is raping his students. She volunteers to act as bait to discover which teacher is guilty and have information against him, which Cabel, her boyfriend, doesn't like. Janie also finds that her dreams are getting harder to return from, and she's always conscious of the green notebook in her closet revealing the truths and secrets, both good and bad, about dream-catching.
Fade was much darker and more serious than Wake. It was, for me, a huge step up. Both Janie and Cabel felt more real to me, and the plot was more interesting and better planned out. It was a little bit hard for me to connect with Janie's character, but that didn't stop me from turning pages and wanting to find out what happened next. On the whole, I really enjoyed it, and I can't wait for the next one to come out.
This book is also like crack to me, just like twilight. i kept on reading this book until 2 in the moring, because impatient me had to go buy the book instead of waiting for the book at the library. LOL. This book is literally like the only thing I would ever need to live. I love this book but it is so sad because It's kind of like a forbidden love between Janie and Cabel. Kind of like Edward and Bella in a less dangerous kind of way. If you ever need like a Romeo and Juliet type book this is the one. I've never liked the romancey stuff that people love. I never understood how it was important to a story but now I've kinda of got it. The book isn't complete without the romance. When you're not reading about Janie and Cabel together you're wondering what's going to happen or is a fight going to happen. Literally as I said before this book is like crack, but in a good way. I'd rather be addicted to this book than crack. Anyway, DONT DO DRUGS!!!