Let me start by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It really worked my brain with the whole time travel aspect of the story. I love how the a...moreLet me start by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It really worked my brain with the whole time travel aspect of the story. I love how the author went into depth to explain time travel; especially with how it applied to each gifted character and how it affected the use of their powers. One character for example has the power to become invisible. He/she does this by either skipping every other second or by cutting every second in half, I can’t remember which right now. But the idea is still cool. In most movies, shows, books, etc. dealing with a person who can turn invisible, they do not explain how this is possible. They just show the person turning invisible. But Card actually breaks the ability down into a believable explanation that makes it truly original on his part.
On to the characters; they had some rather odd names I admit. I couldn’t help but associate “Rigg” with bootlegging or tampering with something. Or “Umbo” with dumbo or gumbo. Eh maybe that was just me. But the characters make up for their odd names with excellent personalities. I mean, you can’t help but fall in love with Rigg and his awesomeness. The kid is practically 13 going on 23 with that ingenious IQ. In fact, I forget he’s 13 at times. The kid has aged beyond his years. I love the air of charisma he suddenly carries with him after applying together everything that he had been taught by Father. I also love his sarcasm. Rigg was easily the best character, and the protagonist is rarely my favorite character.
I most certainly give this novel five stars because I found it to be very well written and entertaining. I seriously never found myself bored, but found it rather hard to put the book down. The ending left me intrigued and wanting to know so much more. In fact, I still have some unanswered questions and theories. I’m dying for the sequel. Magnificent work Card, keep it up.
Warning: Warning: WARNING: This review contains SPOILERS This dissappointing novel seriously deflated my balloon of love for Mcmann. I say this because...moreWarning: Warning: WARNING: This review contains SPOILERS This dissappointing novel seriously deflated my balloon of love for Mcmann. I say this because the last book to a trilogy is supposed to be the most epic of the three, or it should at least surpass one of the two preceding it. I was not impressed at all. This third installment of the trilogy was the worst of the series by far; meaning quite a few things about this final book stuck a thorn in my side.
The protagonist Janie really irritated me. She whined and bitched entirely too much. I mean this girl was completely different from the Janie I got to know in the first two books. Yes we all know you are going through a rough time, but everyone does at some point in their lives. Get over it. What I hate the most about those situations are the people in them who constantly complain about themselves or what they’re going through. It gets old. So what if there’s a possibility you may become disabled. There are people in third world countries who wished that was their only problem. There was no excuse for Janie to grow into a complete brat. Her character utterly became too stereotyped for my taste. I applauded Cabel when he finally admitted that he had better things to do than to build his life around her stupid problems.
Now I really hated when Janie blamed others for her issues. So what if your parent is a drunk. This is America. You are 18. There is no law saying you must babysit your deadbeat mother. Drop her ass off at a nursing home and move on with your life. I seriously thought that the whole “depressed mother” bit was a very dull concept for the plot to dwell so strongly on. I blame the author for lack of creativity. Way too melodramatic it was. Who screams curse words at their mother, drags them out of bed, than dumps her in the shower? Come on now. Well I guess in some poverty-stricken part in this country there might be a slight possibility that something like that could happen, but it’s highly unlikely. The whole scene, no, the complete theme was highly unnecessary.
Speaking of cursing, it seemed like every other phrase emitted from either Janie or Cabel’s mouth was a cussword. Don’t get me wrong now, I’m no prude. I know that everyone swears and I don’t have a problem with it, usually. But it just got to the point where the characters cursed when cussing wasn’t even needed. That just shows a lack of vocabulary and originality on the author’s part. Excessive cursing can really take away from a character’s personality. It’s neither charming nor clever.
My other issue was the time and date constantly being displayed throughout the novel. Oh how annoying I found that to be. The first novel casually showed the time, and I admit I liked the idea. It was different, but it didn’t bother me. In this book, however, Mcmann got a little carried away with shoving the time down the audience’s throat. Commonly, the time showed up twice on one page. On one instance, at the bottom of the page the time said 9:39am. On the very next page at the top the time said 9:50. Was it really necessary to show that it took Janie eleven minutes to dress and go get her mother! If push came to shove, surely the author could have said “eleven minutes later” or “eleven minutes ticked by”. I mean does this woman not know how to say morning, noon, evening, night, later on that day, meanwhile, then, next? It’s not that hard to use transitions.
The only reason I have faithfully stuck by Lisa Mcmann and read the Wake series to the end is because the overall concept of the story intrigued me. I very much enjoyed the idea of an individual having the ability to enter another person’s dreams, even if they cannot influence the dream itself. I found it to be a nice change from the usual vampires/angels/cute boyfriend/rich girls/popular girls/drama type of books that seem to overflood the young adult section nowadays. However, I just do not like how Mcmann ran such an excellent idea straight into a wall. The first book Wake was good. The second book Fade was okay, but not as good as Wake. The final book Gone lacks both mystery and substance. It is like Mcmann’s storytelling abilities deteriorated as the series progressed. I found myself really not caring what happened to Janie as long as she’d just shut up.
Honestly, Gone was an unnecessary part of this trilogy. Was it just me, or did the entire book take place in less than two weeks? No wonder I felt like nothing happened. Shoot it was probably written in less than two weeks. Could’ve fooled me.