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Fade

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,390 Ratings  ·  218 Reviews
IT IS THE summer of 1938 when young Paul Moreaux discovers he can “fade.” First bewildered, then thrilled with the power of invisibility, Paul experiments. But his “gift” soon shows him shocking secrets and drives him toward a chilling act.

“Imagine what might happen if Holden Caufield stepped into H. G. Wells’ The Invisible Man, and you’ll have an idea how good Fade is. .
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 14th 2004 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 1988)
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Alisa
Sep 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
As someone who wasn't IN LOVE with Cormier's book The Chocolate War as many others, I was simply blown away by FADE. A perfect example of magical realism - the real world here is painstakingly detailed, rendered so beautifully and realistically that when the magic is sprinkled in it, too, seems completely and utterly real. Plus, this is the type of book with writing that was so beautiful, a narrative voice so striking that I would find myself going back and reading passages over and over again, ...more
Asghar Abbas
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Weird, but so so good.

Makes you doubt, but not before making you believe in it, in all of it. One of the best books I ever read back in the April of 2006. San Jose was great. Now Norway.

Because you know, who hasn't wished to be invisible at some point in their lives? Even though, invisible is how most people feel because of Others.

I would like to get away from everyone else. I'd fade away but I won't disappear.
Eleanor
May 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: usa-ya


Correspondingly, not sure if this book is a work of genius... or a really awkward literary sandwich consisting of a slow moving coming-of-age first half and a ridiculous super-fast, quiveringly violent second half smooshed together with post-modern central filling where the author pauses to dissect and analyse the meaning of the first half of the novel (I'm so serious my face has gone stiff)

I loved The Chocolate War, Beyond the Chocolate War and I am the Cheese and Robert Cormier to bits genera
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Jason P
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jason by: Deale Hutton
A friend recommended this to me a while back and (surprise surprise), I put it off as is one to do with a large stack of books. Finally I acquired Fade from the local book store and after just finishing it, I am happy to say that it was an interestingly fun, at time perverse, read.

The character of Paul Moreaux is a complicated one; young and very imaginative, Paul writes about his life growing up in Frenchtown. His thoughts and feelings submerse the reader into a 'faded' vision of what Paul is a
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Michael
Jan 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Knowing nothing about it, somehow I ended up with this book to report on for a high school English class. Needless to say, I didn't report on all of it, as there are some pretty adult themes. I found the concept (boy that can turn invisible but must deal with the consequences of his gift) interesting and would like to reread this one sometime with a more mature perspective.
Danielle
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Paul can Fade.

One second, he's there, the next he isn't. Just like that.

At first, he's thrilled: we've all wished we had the ability to vanish from sight, spy on our friends and family (if you say you don't, your a liar). He now has the opprotunity to observe his Aunt Rosanna, attractive and proud of it. He can watch the people in his town behind closed doors, discover who they really are without risking being caught. Every teenage boy's dream, right?

But then, as time goes on and more and more d
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Keith
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked up Fade by Robert Cormier knowing nothing about it except that a boy discovers he has the power of invisibility. I was thoroughly unprepared for the dark depiction of human depravity. Being unseen, Paul witnesses what people do behind closed doors, in the dark, when they think no one is watching--sexual depravity and cruelty. Murder too is handled in a horrific fashion. Paul's ability to fade is more of a curse than a superpower. And the curse gets more awful as the novel progresses. Wh ...more
MATT ABHOLD
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Fade” by Robert Cormier was a tremendously written book about a small town boy who discovered he has a superpower. Paul had a gift that only certain people in his family had attained. When he wanted to, and sometimes when he doesn't, he becomes invisible.

Paul Moreaux, a thirteen year old boy from Frenchtown, Massachusetts, was just like any other. Paul went to school, did his chores, played games with friends, and loved his family. But Paul was different in the aspect that he had a power. I wou
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Rob Powell
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yet another brilliant piece of work by Cormier.
Johnny
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
When a book’s cover likens it to a hybrid between Catcher in the Rye and H. G. Wells’ The Invisible Man, it sets high expectations. In the first third of Fade, I felt like a more apt comparison would have been Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers (part of his semi-biographical Brighton Beach trilogy) or Woody Allen’s Radio Days bred with Wells’ infamous Dr. Griffin. Indeed, the Wells’ influence is undeniable. Indeed, if one leaves out the famous “meat” scene from Portnoy’s Complaint, Fade bears resembla ...more
Natalie
Jan 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: english-ed
Paul Moreaux, a thirteen year old boy living in Frenchtown, has an exciting summer in 1938. His Aunt Rosanna returns for a visit, his Uncle Adelard shows up, unannounced as always. These two were always the topic of interest in their family, never staying long and afterwards Rosanna would lose all touch with the family and he would never see her graceful figure or smell her enticing perfume again. During such a difficult time, Paul struggles with the events of bullying, financial hardships in hi ...more
Cory Dorn
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book "Fade" by Robert Cormier was very interesting, because it changes narrator with each paragraph. I had to keep track or I would get mixed up with the different characters. The book Fade first starts off with Paul. At first Paul feels very powerful with his ability to spy on people around him. After having this power to fade for awhile it begins to wear on him. He is my favorite in this book. Especially at the end when he fights his nephew, Ozzie. Ozzie tries to kill him and they both en ...more
Logan Erdmann
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It starts off with a young man, Paul, who realizes he has the power to become invisible. He calls it being able to fade. Paul at first is empowered by being able to spy on the ones around him. He startled and actually horrified by what he finds out. Paul uses the power and kills a very powerful and crooked man of the community. The power also begins to drag on him as he gets older and you can see that it is actually killing him.

The main characters are Paul Moreaux, the
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Rose Haertl
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Paul Moreaux is a young boy living in the small town of Monument, right outside of Boston. He discovers that he can use a special ability called, "The Fade" which allows him to become invisible. This ability has been passed down from generation to generation, and Paul was the special "chosen" one to handle this prize. First a little scared, then thrilled with the possibilities of invisibility, Paul experiments with his "gift". This ability shows him things that he should not see. His power soon ...more
Nolan
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nls-audio
Paul Moreaux is 13 when he first notices that cold sensation come over him. It happens during a family photo. Not long after that, when he's about to get beaten badly by neighborhood boys, that sensation happens again, and he somehow finds himself liberated from what he thinks will be an inevitable beating.

Paul's uncle, a rather infrequent visitor to the family. eventually comes to town to seek Paul out and tell him of a family inheritance that seems to travel genetically from uncle to nephew. P
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Christopher
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
If we were just talking about the first half, this would be a five-star rating. Everything from the main character's childhood is absolutely riveting - the descriptions of his town, his family, the introduction of his gift/curse, and all of its unexpected consequences. There were numerous instances where I was caught completely off guard and my jaw literally dropped.

Cormier's style is so infectious. Dense, but somehow still breezy. He really puts you in Paul's shoes. This is a story that delive
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Dave
Jan 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I remember finding this book in my high school library and being thoroughly scandalized by how much graphic, kinky sex there was in it. Scandalized and titillated, naturally- I was a teenager after all. If I recall correctly, I took it without checking it out, with the halfassed justification that they would never keep it there if they knew what was in it. I... don't remember if I ever put it back. I might have. Unlike the copy of Nobody, Nowhere that I still have 20 years later. Ditto for Dream ...more
Izzy Corbo
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I bought this as a Robert Cormier collection from Ebay, which included some of his more famous books such as : I am the Cheese and the Chocolate War. I had never heard of this book and was pleasantly surprised at how good this novel was. Read this in about 4-5 hours and the last 1-2 hours were a nail biter. Great psychological-horror fiction with a twist of sci-fi. Stephen King has a gushing blurb on the front cover of how great he thought this novel was and I honestly believe he was sincere! I ...more
Rosa Li
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Speaking on a rather childish level, the book is horrifying and traumatizing at the end.
However I have to admit that everything in the book is the reality; the ugliness of this world and humanity that we often chose not to see. Cormier added the component of magic, or power into the story that truly manifests... everything.
I cried very hard when Bernard died; my jaw dropped every time Paul talked about sex so frantically; I winced and my face churned whenever another uncontrollable "sin" is com
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Nicole
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book takes place in the summer of 1938 where a young boy named Paul finds out that he has this inherited ability to turn invisible. Paul has a lot of fun discovering the possibilities of things he can do while he is invisible. It all seems fun until he does some horrible things that cannot be undone no matter how much he wishes they could. I thought this was a really good book. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Robert Cormier, or who likes a surprise ending because I never saw ...more
James Hoch
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Fade" was my second Cormier book that I read. When I started reading the first pages of the book I thought it was going to be boring, but I was completely wrong. "Fade" is about a young boy named Paul who inherits the ability to render himself invisible. He learns that the power he posseses isn't what it seems. "Fade" was very exciting and kept me guessing what was going to happen next. I would reccommend this book to teenagers who like mystery books.
Camille Siddartha
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read this when I was 14 and read it again a year ago...This book needs to be read for those who like the idea of this and the suspense of what he finds out when he is in the fade...The evil he finds and how he has to deal with his nephew in the end...
Katherine
Aug 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I just couldn't get into this book. I skimmed through most of it. It was very well written, don't get me wrong but the book just kind of switched, in a sense, in the middle of the book. It's like the book took on a new goal or purpose.
Cinco
Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Although this book is definitely not for children (I'd say 13+, for incest, sex, and a whole lot of alienation), it's really excellent and interesting and made me think. I'd say Cormier's best book is I Am the Cheese, but this one comes in a close second.
Rina
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is quite disturbing to a certain extent but an accurate reflection of real life. Paul's innocence fades as reality reveals itself in this coming-of-age novel that will have you turning the pages until dawn. "Fade" is Intriguing, captivating, and weird (in a good way)
Dustin
Mar 28, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: horror

"Imagine what might happen if Holden Caufield stepped into H. G. Wells The Invisible Man, and you'll have an idea how good Fade is. . . . I was absolutely riveted." --Stephen King
Chris Griffith
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Kept me riveted, wondering what was going to happen next. The problem? Nothing ever did (happen).
Thalia Soul
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had never heard anything about Cormier or his books until I randomly bought a copy of After the first death last year just because the blurp intrigued it. Luckily I ended up enjoying that book far more than I thought I would and since then Cormier has become one of those names that make me simmer with excitement when I browse bookstores. As a second novel I chose to read Fade and although it wasn't able to outplay my first Cormier reading experience it definitely confirmed that this author sho ...more
Sara Booklover
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inizialmente questo libro non mi aveva per niente colpita. La narrazione procedeva lineare, ma abbastanza lenta, veniva descritta la vita di un ragazzino in maniera quasi banale. La storia non mi sembrava per niente avvincente e dopo i primi capitoli avevo anche pensato di abbandonare la lettura. Mi aveva dato l'idea di voler ricreare le ambientazioni di Stephen King, ovvero: piccola cittadina americana e come protagonista un ragazzino sensibile e un po' complessato, spesso vittima di altri raga ...more
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Robert Edmund Cormier (January 17, 1925–November 2, 2000) was an American author, columnist and reporter, known for his deeply pessimistic, downbeat literature. His most popular works include I Am the Cheese, After the First Death, We All Fall Down and The Chocolate War, all of which have won awards. The Chocolate War was challenged in multiple libraries. His books often are concerned with themes ...more
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