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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Gone

Gone by Lisa McMann

Grade: 2 stars out of 5
Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she’d made her peace with it. But she can’t handle dragging Cabel down with her.


She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He’s amazing. And she’s a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves: She has to disappear. And it’s going to kill them both.


Then a stranger enters her life — and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she’d ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out....
In this last installment of the Dream Catcher Trilogy, Gone is the weakest link. Wake was one of the first books I heard of when I started blogging (eons ago), but one that stuck with me. I inhaled Wake and Fade instantaneously, preordered Gone. I waited patiently, but then the early reviews started to pop up. Some were raving, others thought Gone was mediocre, and there were those who were disappointed. Scared to be disappointed I left Gone on my bookshelf for almost a year.

It’s been months since I’ve last read Wake and Fade. I’ve read a couple hundred since the last installment, but continued to remember the simplistic, stark, raw writing style McMann had. In Gone the writing felt terse and rushed. Did my reading taste developed over time that I no longer appreciated McMann’s writing style?

The overall novel felt rushed and so full of plot holes. Her father came from out of nowhere. Cabel’s characterization was squeezed into one or two lines that did nothing, but made my opinion of him turn 180. The secondary characters seemed to have disappeared. And her mother fades in and out.

Gone was just one long angst-ridden internal monologue. With loud static. A part of me wants another installment that serves as the final book. Gone could have been that exclusive excerpt or novella that readers can choose to read.

Source: personal
Published: 2010, February 9

3 comments:

  1. I really liked this series, but I also felt as though this last one could have been A LOT better.

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  2. I was completely the opposite. I had some so-so feelings about Wake but really enjoyed Fade, and Gone was my favorite of the three. But, to be fair, I read them all at once, not separately over time. So maybe I perceived them differently.

    The really disappointment was her new release, Cryer's Cross. That one really broke my heart, because I love McMann. Hoping for better things with The Unwanteds which comes out in September.

    ~Tara

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  3. I loved Wake and Fade. Gone was just poorly written. Rushed almost.

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