REVIEW: The WAKE Trilogy by Lisa McMann

Originally published 2016-09-21: WAKE: Dreams are one teen’s gift – and her curse – in the WAKE trilogy by Lisa McMann


Everyone has nightmares, but Janie’s are different. Janie’s nightmares are other people’s dreams that she gets sucked into no matter where she is, who she’s with, or whether she’s awake or asleep.

Janie is a teenage Dream Catcher.

covers of WAKE, FADE, and GONE of The WAKE trilogy by Lisa McMann


This boxed set contains all three books in the bestselling WAKE trilogy: Wake, Fade, Gone.

Janie Hannagan gets sucked into other people’s dreams. It’s an ability she always kept secret—until she met Cabel, and found herself with the best (secret) boyfriend ever. But Janie and Cabel are about to find out just how dark Janie’s future as a Dream Catcher is… and whether Cabel will be a part of it.

My Rating

While I initially believed I would start the first book then abandon it like I’ve done so many other YA novels, I was pleasantly surprised when I finished the first book (Wake) in a day. It was fast, gritty, and dark, and I really enjoyed it.

The second and third books (Fade and Gone) were the same. As the story progressed, it got darker, with the last book bordering on hopeless, but somehow manages to come around to something like a happy ending just like the books before it.

Janie was a much more likable character than some other teenage protagonists (I’m looking at you, Bella Swan) I’ve read about. The dreams she invades range from the typical I’m-naked-in-public dreams to recurring dreams and nightmares that tell tales about the dreamers’ past traumas.

These books contain foul language, underage drinking, drug use, child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, and consensual sex between teenagers. Not for the faint of heart.

The WAKE trilogy by Lisa McMann gets five of five stars for being gripping mysteries with heart and a distinctive voice. I highly recommend it to mature teenagers and adults who like YA.

These are books #20, 21, and 22 on my quest to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.


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