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Wake by Lisa McMann
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Mar 19, 2009

really liked it
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Read in March, 2009

What if you had the ability to enter into other people's dreams? One first glance, it seems like it might be a pretty cool little power and insight into your friends and family.

And while having this ability may seem cool to Janie Hannagan at first, we quickly find that it's more a burden. Janie is constantly aware of being sucked into people's dreams becuase in doing so, she falls asleep as well. Couple that with the dreamer potentially realizing Janie is there and has seen some subconsious desire, thought or random dream and the ability soon begins to take a toll. Janie is pulled into dreams during classes at school, while working at a local nursing home and even while driving.

And that doesn't even cover the disturbing dream she witnesses for her friend and potential new boyfriend Caleb.

With "Wake," Lisa McCann weaves a fascinating story that draws the readers into Janie's plight slowly, in an almost dream-like fashion. McCann uses short, direct sentences while Janie is awake, saving the longer, more flowing prose for Janie's being part of people's dreams. It makes an effective tool for readers to know if they are in the dream world with Janie or not (though the book does help by having both worlds appear in different typefaces, as well). "Wake" is the first book of a trilogy and it is content to estabish Janie, her ability and begin to scratch the surface of what the ability is and how Janie could learn to control and use it.

It definitely left me intrigued enough to want to find out more about Janie and Caleb in the next novel, "Fade."
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