Today, we welcome you to our very own launch party for the third novel in Lisa McMann’s “Wake” trilogy! First, we offer a double feature review of Fade and Gone. Then, we invite YOU dear readers to enter our international giveaway for the chance to win one of TEN copies of Gone!
Fade (Book 2 in the “Wake” Trilogy)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 2009
Hardcover: 256 Pages
For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They’re just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck. Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody’s talking. When Janie taps into a classmate’s violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open–but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie’s in way over her head, and Cabe’s shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.
Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability. And it’s bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a Dream Catcher sealed, but what’s to come is way darker than she’d even feared…
REVIEW: Fade picks up where Wake leaves off, following Janie and Cabel as they delve headfirst into another undercover sting at Fieldridge High. The police force follows up on an anonymous lead that a teacher may be having an illicit, sexual relationship with students, with Janie accepting the role as point-person – i.e. bait. As Janie struggles to discover the identity of the sleazy teacher, she also has a lot to deal with, personally. She juggles her growing relationship with Cabel (which must be kept secret from her friends and the student body, lest they blow their cover) with her own growing understanding of her power as a Dreamcatcher. With Miss Stubin’s old police files and journals to help guide her, Janie comes to terms with some of the hard truths about her very unique abilities – both good and bad.
Lisa McMann really puts Janie and Cabel through the grinder with this second book. In Wake, she introduced readers to Janie’s unique ability to enter the dreams of anyone sleeping near her – a curse Janie has to bear, which means she’s constantly tired, hungry, and isolated. Though Janie has had her “power” since she was eight years old, she doesn’t know much about it (other than how drastically it interferes with her ability to lead a normal life). In Fade, Ms. McMann explores the implications of being a Dreamcatcher in much more detail, creating a heartbreaking future for Janie and Cable. And I mean heartbreaking. This is heavy stuff. I loved that Ms. McMann doesn’t shy away from the gritty in this second novel – the characters speak like teens (swearing, believable slang, etc), they drink, they have sex. The sleazier elements of teacher-student relationships and date rape are also examined in an unflinching way, and I really appreciated that that (as horrifying as it is to read).
Again, the strength of Fade (as with Wake) lies with Janie and her relationship with Cabel. I love the natural progression with these two characters! They have disagreements and misunderstandings, but are undoubtably in love with each other, and I love that their relationship is changing and growing as they spend more time together. While Cabel’s character isn’t given as much insight as with the first book and he does feel a bit “support system”-y (i.e. he’s always – only – there to pick Janie up when she falls), there IS some significant development in his believability as a character. At least, there is to me. Whereas in the first book, Cabel came across as the typical too good to be true hawt dude with a troubled past that of COURSE is always there for Janie no matter what, in this second novel, you see some chinks in his perfection. He has to realize that Janie is an independent, intelligent young woman who wants to help, even if it means putting herself in dangerous situations. And when Cabel tries to go all alpha and protect her from herself (yecch, I abhor this type of “hero” behavior), Janie calls him on it…and he gets it. That’s a good thing.
There’s also another marked improvement in Fade from Wake – the revelations about the nature of her gift. Some of those questions that weren’t asked in the prior book are addressed here, in particular about the future that awaits young Janie. With Miss Stubin’s notes (and her spectral, from-the-grave dream guide persona) to guide her, Janie has a very dramatic decision to make that will change her life. This also means that the stage is set for some serious drama in Gone…
The only problem I had with Fade, as with Wake was how silly and implausible the Janie and Cabel working as super secret agents for a very well funded and influential branch of the Michigan police department. It’s a little too TV movie for me. But, with the strength of Janie’s character and the difficult issues she must grapple with, I was more than willing to suspend my disbelief in the sillier (and more trivial) aspects of the story.
Much better, more complicated and heartbreaking than Wake, Fade is a smart, sharp book. Highly recommended – if you were underwhelmed with book 1, I beg you to give book 2 an honest shot.
Notable Quotes/Parts: From Chapter 1:
A NEW YEAR
January 1, 2006, 1:31 a.m.
Janie sprints through the snowy yards from two streets away and slips quietly through the front door of her house.
Everything goes black.
She grips her head, cursing her mother under her breath as the whirling kaleidoscope of colors builds and throws her off balance. She bumps against the wall and holds on, and then slowly lowers herself blindly to the floor as her fingers go numb. The last thing she needs is to crack her head open. Again.
She’s too tired to fight it right now. Too tired to pull herself out of it. Plants her cheek on the cold tile floor. Gathers her strength so she can try later, in case the dream doesn’t end quickly.
You can read the full chapter online HERE.
Rating: 7 – Very Good
Gone (Book 3 in the “Wake” Trilogy)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 2010
Hardcover: 224 Pages
Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she’d made her peace with it. But she can’t handle dragging Cabel down with her.
She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He’s amazing. And she’s a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves—she has to disappear. And it’s going to kill them both.
Then a stranger enters her life–and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she’d ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out….
NOTE: This review contains SPOILERS for the first two books in the trilogy. If you have not yet read Wake and Fade, and if you do not wish to be spoiled for these two books, READ NO FURTHER. You have been warned…
Gone is the last book in the Wake trilogy, in which Janie comes to terms with the biggest decision of her life. She faces a traumatic, all around shitty decision: to stay with Cabel, to be loved, to continue with her work for the Police Force and go blind and lose the use of her hands….or to isolate herself, giving up Cabel but keeping her sight and dexterity. Janie loves Cabel and he loves her, but she knows from his horrifying nightmares every night that he has his own doubts and fears about Janie’s future (and how his future will be affected by her crippling disability). During the day, he doesn’t betray even the slightest hint of doubt, and Janie feels so very alone – because the love of her life can only be honest to her in his dreams. Then, she gets a frantic message from her best friend and neighbor, Carrie – her father, a man she has never known, lies in the hospital and is very near death.
Gone is a worthy close to this trilogy, and is a very different animal than the first two books. While books 1 and 2 were centered on detective work/high school police stings with Cabel and Janie working undercover, this final book is much more introspective and focused on Janie’s abilities and her future (which makes it all the better, in my opinion). There is the mystery of who Janie’s father was before his debilitating injury, but Gone is really much more a book of answers and revelations, and, ultimately, of choices. Janie must choose between a hard road of love (always feeling that she’s holding back Cabe or making him resent her) or cutting herself off from the rest of the world entirely. It is, as one character puts it, Janie’s “Morton’s Fork” – a choice between two impossible alternatives.
In Gone, everything comes full circle. We learn what happened to Janie’s sad, alcoholic mother – a seed planted in the first book (one I had since been dying to see more of). In Gone, all answers are given. This is a HARD book. One thing Ms. McMann does so brilliantly throughout the trilogy is convey how very tough and messed up Janie (and Cabel’s) lives are, and I cannot help but feel for these two characters. I feel for them, but I admire them too – Cabel and Janie’s relationship goes to a whole new level in this book with Cabel’s subconscious doubts and fears (all extremely valid, all things considered). He becomes more real and believable as a character and I finally “buy” him in this third book because he’s no longer a too good to be true, completely selfless hot boyfriend. And Janie is fantastic as well, coming face to face with her own greatest fears and making the only decision she can with the hand she has been dealt.
The revelations are wonderful and the book ends the trilogy in a very smart way. It’s bittersweet, but just so…fitting. It couldn’t have been any other way. I’m glad that the trilogy doesn’t end with Janie magically all better and all her issues resolved in a sparkle of rainbows and living happily ever after with nary a worry in the world. I have mad respect for Lisa McMann, for continuing to go there. This is a far more mature book than Wake, and it is good to see Janie come full circle.
The Wake Trilogy, in this reader’s opinion, is one that just gets better with each subsequent book – and it’s a story arc that grows on you, the longer you think about it. Absofreakinglutely, highly recommended.
Notable Quotes/Parts: From the official excerpt:
Janie and Cabel move carefully through the hallways, watching for open doors. She gets caught in a weak dream but only for a few seconds—she barely even has to pause in step. They stand outside Henry’s room, Janie’s hand tense on the handle.
Static and shockingly bright colors. Janie nearly crumples to her knees, but this time she is more prepared. She steps blindly toward the bed and Cabel helps her safely to the floor as her head pounds with noise. It’s more intense than ever.
Just when Janie thinks her eardrums are going to burst, the static dulls and the scene flickers to a woman in the dark once again. It’s the same woman as the day before, Janie’s certain, though she can’t make out any distinguishing features. And then Janie sees that the man is there too. He’s in the shadows, sitting on a chair, watching the woman. He turns, looks at Janie and blinks. His eyes widen and he sits up straighter in his chair.
“Help me!” he pleads.
And then, like a broken filmstrip, the picture cuts out and the static is back, louder than ever, constant screams in her ears. Janie struggles, head pounding. Tries pulling out of the dream, but she can’t focus – the static is messing up her ability to concentrate.
She’s flopping around on the floor now. Straining.
Thinks Cabel is there, holding her, but she can’t feel anything now.
The bright colors slam into her eyes, into her brain, into her body. The static is like pinpricks in every pore of her skin.
Trapped in the nightmare of a man who can’t wake up.
Janie struggles again, feeling like she’s suffocating now. Feeling like if she doesn’t get out of this mess, she might die here. Cabe! She screams in her head. Get me out of here!
But of course he can’t hear her.
Rating: 8 – Excellent
Courtesy of publisher Simon Pulse, we have TEN copies of Gone up for grabs! The contest is open to everyone and will run until Saturday, February 13th at 11:59 PM (PST). To enter, leave a comment here answering this question: If you were faced with your own “Morton’s Fork” – living with Janie’s ability as a Dreamcatcher, or completely isolating yourself from other slumbering people – what would you choose?
CamilleFebruary 8, 2010 at 12:42 am
I don’t ever remember my dreams and do have a terrifying history of ‘sleepwalking’ (long story) so it’s an easy decision for me, leave the ability behind and have dreamless nights.
catie jamesFebruary 8, 2010 at 1:28 am
Hmmm…given my “empathic” tendencies and needing a lot of solitary time to deal with everything that comes from picking up on people’s emotions all the time? I’m thinkin’ I’d go with isolation. I’m barely strong enough to deal with my dream-scapes & nightmares; fuggedabout throwing everybody else’s into the mix. *shudders* 😯
Paulo GonçalvesFebruary 8, 2010 at 4:14 am
I am a isolated person. Most of my time besides my working time is passed at home so the choice would be isolated mysely from other slumbering people.
Brooke ReviewsFebruary 8, 2010 at 4:45 am
I enjoy snuggling with my b/f when it’s cold at night, so I couldn’t isolate myself lol. I’d probably just have to deal with it…I have crazy dreams myself, and I seem to handle those ok. lol
Carol ThompsonFebruary 8, 2010 at 4:53 am
I think I have to agree with the comments so far.
I would find the ability a curse rather than a blessing unless I knew a way to turn it off at times.
I am a restless sleeper now and I would probably turn into the ULTRA-BITCH if stuck with this ability.
AlisonFebruary 8, 2010 at 6:13 am
Probably isolation. Since I don’t really mind being alone anyway.
RylieFebruary 8, 2010 at 6:23 am
I’d pick isolation. I’m a restless sleeper as it is, so getting caught in other people’s dreams would just make it worse.
Moonsanity (Brenda)February 8, 2010 at 6:23 am
I’m kind of a loner, so I no doubt would choose the alone route as long as I could have my laptop. 😆
MelFebruary 8, 2010 at 6:31 am
I could not isolate myself so would have to figure out the best way to live a ‘normal’ life given my ability. A life without someone you loves & who loves & supports you no matter what is not worth giving up 🙂
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KarissaFebruary 8, 2010 at 7:14 am
I would definitely not isolate myself. Using my ability as a Dreamcatcher would just be too intriguing and interesting to pass up. Especially if you have someone to help support you and your strange talent.
elaing8February 8, 2010 at 8:01 am
I love this series.My niece brought over Wake and fade and told me I had to read them,they were so good…and she was right..I finished them in a day.I’d love to win Gone.
I think I’d like to experience being a Dreamcatcher..but after awhile I think it would be too much but I wouldn’t want to be isolated either. I’d have to find a way to deal with it.
katiebabsFebruary 8, 2010 at 9:07 am
These sounds like very dark dark reads. Hmm…
Nice pimpage as always Smuggles.
Gill CorbittFebruary 8, 2010 at 9:11 am
would want to turn off this ability!
Kelly H.February 8, 2010 at 9:13 am
I would just have to learn to live with the ability. I could never be isolated completely. I would imagine that dreams aren’t so bad, unless you are around a freaky person.
AliciaFebruary 8, 2010 at 9:31 am
I think I would choose to be with people. I couldn’t survive living all by myself, isolated from everything that makes life wonderful. I would go crazy.
Teresa W.February 8, 2010 at 9:50 am
Although I don’t mind spending alot of time by myself I couldn’t stand to be totally isolated! tWarner419@aol.com
caroline A./ pattepoilueFebruary 8, 2010 at 9:59 am
Ohh i’d rather isolate myself. I’m already having nightmares and Insomnia, this would only make it worse. I’d rather stay alone =P
JamieFebruary 8, 2010 at 10:00 am
I couldn’t choose isolation. It would mean knowing that people are out there who needed my help and I did nothing. And, on a selfish note, I’d miss my family.
AprilFebruary 8, 2010 at 10:02 am
I really love snuggling way too much to sleep in isolation, that and NY winter nights are SO cold, therefore I chose being a dreamcatcher!
JenPFebruary 8, 2010 at 10:30 am
I don’t think my psyche could handle the isolation, so I’d just have to deal with it and realize that people loved me
LenoreFebruary 8, 2010 at 10:51 am
I think I would’ve enjoyed GONE more had I read it immediately after FADE. I agree that is was a very rich read, but also soooo depressing.
Nikki @ BookizzleFebruary 8, 2010 at 10:59 am
Screw isolation. I’d suck it up and learn to live with it. Especially if it gave me the opportunity to help someone. I’d just stay as far away as I could from specially creepy people.
AngieFebruary 8, 2010 at 11:12 am
I enjoyed the first two. Am slightly wary about how dark/bittersweet the last one will be. But I’m definitely going to read it.
I doubt I’d be able to manage isolation permanently. Would probably suffer through it. With undoubtedly disastrous results. 😉
Great review, Thea!
DanielleFebruary 8, 2010 at 11:20 am
Girl, I’d pack my crap up and move to a mountain somewhere. Being sucked into people’s dreams is just too awkward.
Thuy NFebruary 8, 2010 at 11:42 am
I wouldn’t choose isolation..I would miss my family too much. 🙂
RaelenaFebruary 8, 2010 at 11:47 am
I think I would rather isolate myself…otherwise I would probably go crazy
CindyFebruary 8, 2010 at 11:52 am
Tough question ! (The books sound really fascinating by the way ! You always give the most amazing recommandations 😉 )
It’s rather tempting to be able to see other people’s dreams. Bu I think I would rather respect their privacy and isolate myself.
melissa @ 1lbrFebruary 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm
Huh, I think I’d try to deal with it, rather than try to avoid people who sleep. Mind you, I might change that since I live in an apartment complex right now, but I think I’d miss my hubby too much if I tried to avoid everyone!
Donna SFebruary 8, 2010 at 12:07 pm
I would make sure to learn how to be a Dreamcatcher and learn to live with it. A life in isolation would definitely not work well for me.
Rosie CarloFebruary 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm
I would definitely chose to isolate myself since I’m very comfortable being by myself.
NatashaFebruary 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm
I could never isolate myself, maybe if I still had access to a computer or even TV so I could hear peoples voices. But no, don’t think even that would help! i guess I would deal with the dreams, could be interesting
PiscesMuseFebruary 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm
This set of books is going on my must read. I love an author who doesn’t give you hapily ever after smelling like roses. One who isn’t afraid to write the story that needs to be told.
As per the question: I don’t think I would want to continue working with the police deparment. I also wouldn’t want to be subjegated to everyone elses dreams either. Except for those I love. If it were me, and if Caleb were willing, I would isolate the two of us. I also wonder if it works for the dreams of animals (not having read this series, I dont know if this has been addressed). I wouldn’t want to deal with everyon’s horific dreams, becuase I don’t even like my own some nights. But I also wouldn’t want to live without love. So maybe isolation with a few choice people, who I could stand to have their dreams. The end result is the same, blind with no use of hands, but it would be a more willing sacrifice, a peaceful one that hopefully doesn’t torture as much.
Tiffany M.February 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm
I just got the second book in paperback. Loved the first one.
Answer to the question: my dreams scare me stiff as it is to the point where I can’t go back to sleep at night, so I probably would just deal with other people’s dreams. I probably would try to make sure to live outside of an apartment complex or large urban setting, though.
LiLi RamosFebruary 8, 2010 at 1:19 pm
I’ve read Gone and Janie has really convinced me in her own subtle way to live with what you’ve got and enjoy what you can. The Morton’s Fork dilemma in the novel was a real toughie but it just made the story all the more interesting! Please include me for the drawing of the giveaway 🙂
Wendy SFebruary 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm
I would try to do a little of both. I would just avoid large crowds and boring places as much as possible, but I would also try to help those who did suck me into their dreams.
This series is fantastic – thanks for the chance to win the last book!
Samantha JFebruary 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm
I’d learn to live with my ability as a Dreamcatcher; I don’t think I could handle isolation!
Anja K.February 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm
I wouldnt isolate myself. I can be only be isolated for that long before I go crazy…so I would probly just live with it…or try to balance it out somehow…but I wouldnt completely ignore the ability..I mean its something special after all…
KarenFebruary 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm
I loved Wake so can’t wait for the next two. I would also seek isolation. I have enough dreams of my own – I’m sure I combined The Enemy with Shiver the other night!
YilingFebruary 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm
If you were faced with your own “Morton’s Fork” – living with Janie’s ability as a Dreamcatcher, or completely isolating yourself from other slumbering people – what would you choose?
I would live with my ability. Isolation is WAYYYYYY too boring and un-human for me. With my ability, i could help people in their dreams and I could learn what their dreams are.
BarbaraFebruary 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm
I love this series. I think I would probably see dreamcatching as a curse. I would want to find a balance to be with people though.
RoxyFebruary 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm
I’d go with isolation. I hate those dreams where you wake and think the dream really happened because it was so real. Dealing with that in others people dreams would be a nightmare.
Sue RFebruary 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm
If there is no way for me to turn of my ability then I will go with isolation. It is already hard enough dealing with my emotions and the emotions of people around me that I do sense, I dont want to deal with other people dreams.
Lisa RichardsFebruary 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm
I think I would have to completely isolate myself from other slumbering people. i dream enough crazy stuff as it is.
Cindy C.February 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm
I would be a dreamcatcher. Im a bit nosey lol.
Alex DFebruary 8, 2010 at 6:10 pm
I would want to be alone. Some people’s dreams could be really scary; I have enough of my own.
CourtneyFebruary 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm
I think that I would pick isolation, however loving someone like Cabel would make things alot harder.
JessicaFebruary 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm
I think I would have to go with isolation…I love my sleep!
Veronica F.February 8, 2010 at 6:54 pm
I’d definitely isolate myself from other sleepers b/c I really don’t wanna be tired all the time and I don’t ever wanna go blind either 😕
But I love this series and can’t wait to read Gone!
enylFebruary 8, 2010 at 8:42 pm
I believe I would choose to isolate myself while I sleep and stay away from others while they slubmer.
elizabethFebruary 8, 2010 at 9:29 pm
I would choose to isolate myself. I dont think i could handle it.
Michelle MFebruary 8, 2010 at 9:35 pm
I so love these books and cannot wait to read Gone! And I’d really want Janie’s ability if the alternative would be having to stay away from sleeping folk. One of life’s little pleasures – sleeping with someone else.
MariskaFebruary 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm
I’m an introvert person so i will completely isolating myself from other slumbering people 🙂
AvaFebruary 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm
I’d have to choose the dreamcatcher role, as at least my time could be spent with those I care for. I think it better than dying alone and insane.
Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy]February 8, 2010 at 11:39 pm
Ooh, good question. I guess I’d have to go with isolation.
LauraFebruary 9, 2010 at 1:16 am
I’d rather isolate myself than know what some people are dreaming. *shudders* Some of my family suffer from fairly often nightmares and I’m not keen on knowing what their dreaming.
austenfanFebruary 9, 2010 at 4:00 am
I think I’d just probably isolate myself from slumbering people. 🙂
SeahnFebruary 9, 2010 at 4:40 am
I think to begin with I’d be interested in what people are dreaming (because I hardly ever remember mine)but eventually become permanently scarred by one I’d THEN isolate myself by becoming a hermit in a distant place (with a lot of books).
Also love that there is a ‘morton’s fork’ which sound’s silly but after explanation makes perfect sense.
CrystalGBFebruary 9, 2010 at 9:33 am
I couldn’t choose isolation. So, I would learn to deal with it.
Ana R.February 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm
Hum… I think I would live with it. I don’t think I would be able to live without any kind of interaction. Even if I had lots of things to distract myself with, I would need to talk to someone.
abdullahFebruary 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm
oh i would definitely pick to be a dreamcatcher. its much more exciting than isolation 😀
heatherFebruary 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm
i’d sort of go in-between. stick close to those i really loved but stay away from others. there has to be a way to be around people when they’re not sleeping! 🙂
Lisa GarrettFebruary 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm
I would pick dreamcatcher. I don’t like to be isolated.
Julie SwaneyFebruary 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm
I would learn how to use the power or what ever you would call it and then live with it. I have always been one to take what life has dealt me and go from there.
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Lisa B.February 9, 2010 at 5:58 pm
I would totally choose to be around other people and dream-spy, until the nightmares start to come. Then I’d choose solitude.
I recently finished WAKE and absolutely loved it. Please enter me in this one.
Emily WFebruary 9, 2010 at 8:12 pm
I would pick Dreamcatcher, for sure! I cannot wait to read this book!!! Thanks for the giveaway contest!
Doreen RFebruary 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm
I love isolation…yap…but a dreamcather..that is some question! How about One week…isolation and the other….you know.
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MayFebruary 10, 2010 at 3:05 am
I would definitely pick Dreamcatcher, I just can’t bear to be alone. And I’ve always wanted an adventure or something interesting to happen in my life. Perhaps that would provide me with what I wish for. 🙂
Bonnie M.February 10, 2010 at 3:41 am
Ten copies, wow! I hope I win one.
I would want to be a dreamcatcher. Anything unpleasant would be made up for by the sheer interestingness of the ability. Besides.. I adore dreams. Even nightmares. I wish I had them every night. Well, more happy dreams than nightmares. 😀
Lynsey NewtonFebruary 10, 2010 at 6:38 am
I would choose Dreamcatcher…
RachelFebruary 10, 2010 at 9:37 am
I would probably still use my ability as a dreamcatcher!
Thanks for the giveaway!
susanFebruary 10, 2010 at 11:34 am
I would sure isolate myself, or I would just go nuts!
SarahFebruary 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm
I would definitely use my ability as a dreamcatcher, despite the hardships it would bring into my life. It also has the power to help others and I like that.
SpavFebruary 10, 2010 at 1:23 pm
I don’t think I could isolate myself, so I would probably rty to live with the ability.
BethieFebruary 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm
I would use my ability as a dreamcatcher. I think I would go crazy if I isolated myself.
JasonFebruary 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm
I think if it really came down to it, I would have no problem with isolation. One of my favorite places is the Northern Woods of MN. I think I would be at peace
NickieFebruary 10, 2010 at 1:48 pm
I think eventually I would learn to be able to handle and live with the Dreamcatcher ability. Personally, I couldn’t do isolation, but eventually, like Janie, I would learn what I needed to do in order to live with it and the people important to me.
brenda helgesonFebruary 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm
I’d isolate myself. I wouldn’t want the real world to be influenced by someones dreams.
MarieFebruary 10, 2010 at 3:30 pm
Wow! tough question, especially since we only know a portion of what a Dreamcatcher’s abilities are. But if I had to make a decision now, it would have to be living with the abilities. While I enjoy ‘me’ time, it could get lonely….
Anita YanceyFebruary 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm
I would choose living with Janie’s ability as a Dreamcatcher. The book sounds wonderful, and I’d love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!
Jenn (Books At Midnight)February 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm
Great reviews! I’ve read Wake, which was awesome, and I definitely need to get caught up on the series. As for the question, err… hard one. I would choose to live with the abilities, because after seeing Janie try to avoid all slumbering people, it just doesn’t seem possible or safe, for that mattter. Thanks for the giveaway! *crosses fingers*
Elie NFebruary 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm
Great question. I would say Dreamcatcher. I like to help others.
Thanks for the chance to read this.
CeliaFebruary 11, 2010 at 8:45 am
I’m not very brave, so I think that I’d go the isolation route. Thanks for the chance to win Gone!
maeredFebruary 11, 2010 at 3:19 pm
I couldn’t take the isolation option so I would have to learn to deal with the ability.
AnonymousFebruary 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm
I can’t never remember my dreams, I have to share my room with my sister, and NO thanks, I don’t want to know what she dreams, so I’d choose left the powers behind, and isolate myself
LucíaFebruary 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm
Ufff sorry, I forgot my name and all things XD
I can’t never remember my dreams, I have to share my room with my sister, and NO thanks, I don’t want to know what she dreams, so I’d choose left the powers behind, and isolate myself
MelissaFebruary 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm
I can’t isolate myself, and there’s no way I could go without sleep if I find myself near someone else. So yeah, I’d have to go with the powers.
DeniseFebruary 11, 2010 at 9:01 pm
I would want to live with it never isolate myself because as much as I would be scared that I can hurt someone badly I would want to live and find a way to work around it plus I could never live without cable that would be a nightmare
Diana DangFebruary 12, 2010 at 5:15 am
I think I would live it because it is an awesome ability.
JessyFebruary 12, 2010 at 8:28 am
I’d say isolation especially with all the side-effects Janie will have to go through.
DeedlesFebruary 12, 2010 at 8:53 am
I would choose living with Janie’s ability as a Dreamcatcher. I couldn’t isolate myself from my son or family.
DottieFebruary 12, 2010 at 11:48 am
Cool beans! I’d live with the ability, too hard to deny what you are, what you could be.
Count me in!
Anne GFebruary 12, 2010 at 3:30 pm
I’d probably isolate myself.
Amanda bairdFebruary 13, 2010 at 6:50 am
I would definately leave the dreams behind!!!
sheereFebruary 13, 2010 at 7:57 am
I think I’d pick isolation as I don’t mind being alone..
Kelsey OertwichFebruary 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm
I would choose to live with Janie’s ability as a Dreamcatcher, because you can learn a lot about people by going into their dreams. I love dreaming, so I would think it’d be fun for the most part to go into other people’s dreams.
Liza WiemerFebruary 13, 2010 at 8:07 pm
I couldn’t choose isolation. That would drive me completely insane-despite my love for reading, which would fill up a lot time. 🙂 It would have to, because I’d need an escape from the dismal reality of being alone.
Life without the ability to help others has no meaning at all. The sacrifice Janie faced was a difficult one, but I would do my very best to find the blessings in the curse and I would also choose love over isolation any day! Life without love would be horrible. Not everyone finds it, but if you do, it’s not something to throw away, despite obstacles.
AllysonFebruary 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm
I would choose the dreamcatcher’s abilities! Isolation would not work for me at all! Plus, I love dreams! I think most of them are much more fantastical than every day life.
Raquel Vega-GriederFebruary 13, 2010 at 8:49 pm
I Guess I Would Choose Completely Isolating Myself From Other Slumbering People. As Long As I Wasn’t Near People That Were Sleeping I Would Be Fine. That Would Be A Small Price To Pay To Not Have Jane’s Ability Drive Me Mad. I Like Solitude So I Don’t really Consider That To Be Too Much Of A Bad Thing.