GONE by Lisa McMann

March 25, 2010 4 flames 4

Author: Lisa McMann
Source: Library
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; 1 edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416979182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416979180
Dream-catcher Janie must decide her fate: continue living in society and helping the police but eventually become blind and crippled, or isolate herself completely. The choice becomes even more difficult when her father, in a coma and on the brink of death, comes into her life for the first time and reveals important information to Janie through his dreams. Cabel remains a steadfast and loving companion, and Janie’s mother, a barely functioning alcoholic, plays a greater role in this volume.
It has been so long since I read this series that I almost forgot what was going on.  I remembered how I loved the story of Janie and Cabel so I was still excited to finally get to read it. I had forgotten how the author has a unique writing style that can seem confusing at first if you haven’t read her first two books.  I think it is a really great concept in writing.  In this book, we got to see a lot of Janie’s family and her agonizing decision about taking the lonely road in life or the difficult road with family and friends.  You could actually feel her pain as she struggled with what to do.  I still can’t stand her mother, but at least we get some insight on why she is an alcoholic and we get to see Ms. Stubin again. 
Overall an okay book to finish the trilogy with.  I like how the story ends, but I would have loved it even more if Janie actually got to understand more in her father’s dreams.  I felt she could have done so much more with that part of the story.  Instead of it being a climatic end to a series, it felt more like a filler book that should have gone between the other stories.


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4 Responses to “GONE by Lisa McMann”

  1. Book Addict Girl

    I completely agree. I liked the book, but I didn’t love it. It felt like nothing was resolved. It didn’t feel like an ending to a trilogy. There wasn’t enough closure. Like you said, it felt like an inbetween book rather than the conclusion.

  2. MarceJ

    I loved Wake and Fade but everyone seems a little disapponted with Gone, sigh. I will still read it because this series completely drew me in.

    thanks for the honest review

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