Review: Wake, by Lisa McMann
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….
Writing: 4 wings
Simple, but engaging. This is how novels that want to be read in a few hours should be written. No extraneous words or details; just story. Sometimes even point form details are given. I like this because I’m a fast reader and sometimes I miss descriptions, or my eyes pass over them because I’m eager to get on with the story.
Plot: 3.5 wings
I think I had some misconceptions coming into the book; me and my fast reading mis-reading the plot description.
What I thought would happen: Girl who slips into other people’s dreams gets trapped in the dreams of a psychotic/murderer man who also has this power.
What actually happened: Girl who slips into other people’s dreams discovers mistreated beaten-by-his-dad guy and starts to fall in love with him.
So as you can see, I was revved up and ready for some adventure in the mind of a psychopath. But no, just some good old fashioned taming the seemingly rebel teenager—or so it would seem. Yeah, the novel takes a turn I didn’t expect at all at the end. It kind of wraps it all up nicely though, and leaves you hopeful.
Characters: 3.5 wings
Janie is the daughter of an alcoholic mother who literally drinks all the time. There’s a subplot there that’s not fully explored–does her mother really love her daughter? Janie doesn’t think so, but there are moments where her mother reaches out for her but Janie ignores her. Maybe this will be explored more fully in the next book.
Usually we see the personality of the characters through Janie’s dreams. A lot of them dream about sex. Too many. I don’t think sex dreams are that common? Like every night? And it’s not like you can always control who you’re having sex with in the dream.
I think Janie’s goal to save money for college was honest and real. I really connected with that, and routed for her.
Overall: 3.5 wings
I’d read the next book in the series. It’s a good read if you have a free afternoon and you just feel like ploughing through something easy but engaging.