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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Gone by Lisa McMann

Rating: 3.8

Series Rating: 4.5

Re-Read? I'm kind of itching to re-read the whole series, actually.

Recommend? Definitely recommend to anyone who has read Wake and Fade.

Release Date: February 9th, 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 214


The third and final book in the paranormal teen series that includes The New York Times bestseller Wake and Fade.

Things should be great for Janie--she has graduated from high school and is spending her summer with Cabel, the guy she's totally in love with. But deep down she's panicking about how she's going to survive her future when getting sucked into other people's dreams is really starting to take its toll. Things get even more complicated when she meets her father for the very first time--and he's in a coma. As Janie uncovers his secret past, she begins to realize that the choice thought she had has more dire consequences than she ever imagined

My Thoughts:

Gone, the final installment of the Wake trilogy by Lisa McMann, was an interesting wrap up to a heart stopping series. While Gone left some to be desired, McMann did a great job of answering some of those unanswered questions. However, I truly felt that Gone was more of a wrap-up then an actual crucial part of the plot. It didn't have any of those heart wrenching moments that Wake and Fade are infamous for.

In Gone, you learn a lot more about Janie and Cabel, while at the same time, nothing too big really happened. You see a lot of the aftermath of Janie being 'narc' girl from Fade and it was interesting to also learn a bit about her mother's past. Janie and Cabel are still having some relationship problems dealing with her future condition and Janie really is stuck at a forked path. How does someone decide between two equally horrible possibilities? Gone was just as captivating as the prior novels, just without any of that flare that made Wake and Fade stand out in YA.

With the length of Gone and Lisa McMann's captivating writing style, I had no problem reading Gone in one sit through. Gone was extremely interesting, just not quite up to par with Wake and Fade. However, the series in a whole was a wonderful read and I cannot wait to see what books Lisa McMann produces in the future.


Cover: 4.5
Plot: 2.5
Characters: 4.0
Writing: 4.5

Covers: 5.0
Overall Plot: 4.0
Characters: 4.5
Overall Writing: 4.5

Source: Purchased from store.


  1. I love this series, though I have not yet read Gone. Looking forward to learning more about Janie's mother :)

  2. I was pretty dissapointed in Gone. I adored Wake and Fade, but Gone just felt whiney to me. I wished it would have been more about something that is happening around Janie instead of it being an internal struggle.

  3. Good review, though I haven't read any of the books in this series.

    Btw, have you announced the Earth Day winner yet?

  4. I agree Gone was an interesting wrap to the trilogy. But overall I loved all three books. I was sad to see it end


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