Wake

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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.

This book was much darker than I expected, and that’s one of the reasons I liked it as much as I did. McMann has a really unique writing style, it took me a little while to get used to it, but once I did I was enamored of it, it was like nothing I have ever read before.

The book is super short, but still fulfilling. Janie and Cabel are such interesting characters. They are both broken in their own way and work to help fill the voids in each others lives. Janie’s “gift” is still pretty unknown to her, so this book really centers on her trying to figure it out, and finally having someone to confide in about it. The underlying crime solving adds a bit of fun and a practical outlet for Janie’s ability.

The depths of darkness the characters face makes this a gritty and emotional book, but it’s short enough that you don’t find yourself suffocated by the darkness the characters carry. Overall, I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, it’s just so unique that I couldn’t help but love it.

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2 thoughts on “Wake

  1. You know this reminds me a lot of my feelings towards Crash (the Visions series). Especially about the writing style – takes some getting used to, but easy to live once you do. I think I’ll end up checking this series out after all.

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