Bang (Visions Series #2)

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What Sawyer’s seeing might mean murder. The second “dramatic, quick-paced thriller (Kirkus Reviews)” in a series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules should be happy. She saved a lot of people’s lives and she’s finally with Sawyer, pretty much the guy of her dreams. But the nightmare’s not over, because she somehow managed to pass the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer. Excellent.

Feeling responsible for what he’s ...

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Overview

What Sawyer’s seeing might mean murder. The second “dramatic, quick-paced thriller (Kirkus Reviews)” in a series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules should be happy. She saved a lot of people’s lives and she’s finally with Sawyer, pretty much the guy of her dreams. But the nightmare’s not over, because she somehow managed to pass the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer. Excellent.

Feeling responsible for what he’s going through and knowing that people’s lives are at stake, Jules is determined to help him figure it all out. But Sawyer’s vision is so awful he can barely describe it, much less make sense of it. All he can tell her is there’s a gun, and eleven ear-splitting shots. Bang.

Jules and Sawyer have to work out the details fast, because the visions are getting worse and that means only one thing: time is running out. But every clue they see takes them down the wrong path. If they can’t prevent the vision from happening, lives will be lost. And they may be among the casualties…

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kathleen Beck
In Crash (Simon Pulse, 2013/Voya February 2013), Jules Demarco deciphers a frightening vision that threatens her long-time crush, Sawyer, son of her family's hated rival restaurateurs. To her horror, she has somehow passed the visions on to Sawyer, who now sees what seems to be a school shooting playing out on every reflective surface. As if sneaking around to hide their relationship is not hard enough, Sawyer and Jules must figure out when and where the attack will take place. Family animosity complicates their frantic quest and adds to the tension as events accelerate toward their potentially tragic conclusion. How can two sixteen-year-olds stop that awful picture in Sawyer's head from becoming bloody reality? The second book in the Visions series (after Crash and Bang, will the next be Boom?) does not have quite the delicious suspense as the first. The puzzle and the conclusion are considerably more violent. Liberal use of the f-word adds little to the narrative. Topical references may limit shelf life. On the positive side, we gain insight into Jules's complicated family, notably her supportive siblings, seeming good-girl Rowan, and lonely, gay Trey. Readers will cheer Sawyer's final act of defiance toward his abusive father. We wonder how this "vision thing" is passed on and whether Jules and Sawyer are obligated to help whoever has the next one. Tell teens to read these titles in order, and watch them pass the books around. Reviewer: Kathleen Beck
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
Captivating in its own right, McMann's second installment in the Visions trilogy is more than a bridge novel. It's been just over a week since Jules saved new boyfriend Sawyer and his family's rival pizza parlor, and Sawyer has begun seeing his own visions of tragedy. The author ratchets up the intensity, as Sawyer's visions appear in even more unusual venues and include sound--"[e]leven fucking gunshots" to be exact. Enlisting the help of Jules' gay, older brother, Trey, the teens set out to solve the mystery of where the shooting takes place and who may be involved--on both sides of the gun. They deduce that the gunshots take place at a school, but talking and writing about a school shooting may get them into trouble. Playing sleuth rather than receiving the visions this time, Jules has more time to focus on the ethics of the visions, such as what purpose the visions fulfill and whether the recipients have a moral obligation to save the lives they see in their visions. It's not just visions but Jules and Sawyer's relationship that grows bolder, with both new emotional and physical feelings (though sex is not an issue yet). Who will receive the visions next? McMann gives fewer hints this time, but another dramatic, quick-paced thriller is certain. (Supernatural thriller. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442466289
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: Lisa McMann's Visions Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 98,642
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy, Cryer’s Cross, Dead to You, the Visions series, and the middle grade dystopian fantasy series The Unwanteds. She lives with her family in the Phoenix area. Read more about Lisa and find her blog through her website at LisaMcMann.com or, better yet, find her on Facebook (Facebook.com/McMannFan) or follow her on Twitter (@Lisa_McMann).

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Bang


  • It’s been over a week since Sawyer kissed me and told me he was seeing a vision now, and it’s all I can think about. I can’t wait to get out of this apartment, which I am tethered to until Monday—that’s when the doc said my internal injuries will be healed enough so I can go to school again. My older brother and best friend, Trey, has been great, of course, slipping notes to Sawyer for me and delivering replies back to me. But for some reason Sawyer won’t explain his vision on paper. “It’s too . . . frightening. Too gruesome. Too . . . everything,” he wrote.

And me? I’m sick about it.

Absolutely sick.

Because it’s my fault. I was so relieved when my vision ended—no more snowplow crashing and exploding into Angotti’s restaurant, no more body bags in the snow, no more Sawyer’s dead face. After weeks of that stupid vision taunting me, and after nearly getting killed because of it, I was naive enough to think it was all over and I’d get to live a happy life. Relatively, anyway. Under the current parental circumstances, that is.

But then, once I got home from the hospital, Sawyer sent me that note. He had to see me, he said. That night, 2:00 a.m. And I wanted to see him, too. I eased my broken body down the stairs and we stood in the snowdrift surrounded by breathy clouds and he kissed me, and I kissed him back, and it was the most weirdly amazing feeling. . . .

And then the amazingness of my first kiss was over. He pulled away and looked at me, his gorgeous green eyes filled with fear, and his voice shook. You know that billboard?

Those words haunt me.

Obviously I was not only psychotic enough to have a vision, but I managed to give the stupid vision disease to the one person I was trying to save.

It’s beyond horrifying, sitting here knowing he must be experiencing the worst kind of frustration and pressure to act on the vision and—Did he say “gruesome”?

Let me say it one more time. Sick. That is what I am.

And so very sorry.

I rack my brain trying to figure out how this could have happened. Was it because he hugged me on the street the night before? Because he held my hand afterward in the hospital? Maybe there’s some kind of physical transference going on. I have no idea.

I have done something horrible to the boy I love, and I don’t know how to stop it.

All I know is that I need to get out of this hoardhole before I lose my mind.

Oh, wait.

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  • Posted October 13, 2013

    *MY THOUGHTS*       After I finished Crash, I wasn't sure I

    *MY THOUGHTS*




          After I finished Crash, I wasn't sure I would read this one. It sounded as if it had the same premise, just with someone else with a different vision. I took a chance and requested it on Edelweiss just to see if I would be approved, and if so, I would read it. In short, obviously I was approved. So I gave it a shot. (That was a really, really bad pun....) 
         In this installment to the Visions series, Jules is still healing from the events that happened at the end of Crash and Sawyer has just revealed that he is now getting the visions. Jules feels responsible for it, so her and Trey help him figure it out. And a good thing too, because this situation is alot more dangerous than in Crash. 
         What I loved most about this book though was the romance. That one kiss between Sawyer and Jules in the pool area (if you read it,  you know what I mean...) In this book we get a better glimpse into their relationship. And trust me, it sizzles. I think what I liked most about it was they cared more about themselves and the vision versus trying to make their parents happy. Everyone grew up a ton.
         The writing in this installment is drastically better than the last one as well. This one was infinitely easier to stomach and it called for a much easier read. And because of this, I enjoyed it more. I just wished that it had been a little different than the previous one. Granted this one had a much more dangerous situation, but the execution on trying to find out what it was about was mostly the same. But it was still better than the last. 
         This series is getting better as it goes on. I can only imagine what is to come in the next one. Especially with the connection that they made at the end of the book. The visions make a lot more sense and everything is coming together. All from that one connection at the end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    I really loved getting back into this world. I was absolutely ta

    I really loved getting back into this world. I was absolutely taken by the first book because it reminded me so much of final destination but on a less gruesome scale. I really enjoyed Jules and her quirky family, and I enjoyed being pulled into her new romance with Sawyer. You can check out my review of the first book here.

    While this book doesn't pick up exactly where the last one left off, I understand why that was done for plot purposes. It would have been hard essentially writing about Jules sitting around her house recovering from her injuries rather than going to school or doing anything at all fun or meaningful. I liked that the book picked up with her finding her way back into school trying to navigate how things were going to work now that she had her Romeo and Juliet relationship with Sawyer.

    I will admit that this one might be a little harder to read than the first since this one focuses around a shooting in a school. I really loved how the cover reflected that fact. I loved how much more we got to experience her relationships. While we didn't really learn more about the characters, we were brought more on the inside of how they interact with one another rather than being told tidbits about their history.

    This book continued with the trend from the first book where there are periodic lists of 5 which I still thought were fun interesting ways to break up the monotony that straight chapters can bring. This was a short, quick read, that had me gasping as I read. At one point, my boyfriend tried to ask he a question while I was reading and I was only able to give him a shocked face because of the part that I was at.

    The way that this book leaves it off is that there is clearly going to be another book which really thrills me. I wasn't sure when I started this book if it was going to be part of a two book series or if it was going to be trilogy, I really don't even know now other than that the way that it left off, there is surely going to be another one. One that I cannot wait to get a title and cover.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

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        Bang has been on my TBR since I finished Crash and I cannot

        Bang has been on my TBR since I finished Crash and I cannot believe that its taken me so long to get around to it. I love Lisa's writing style and have since her first series. She makes relatable characters that are flawed but live life hard. She has a snarky voice and a dry humor that I adore. Both of these things carried into Bang, and I was so glad to be reunited with the characters. 




        Being back in Jules head is like sitting down on a favorite comfy couch. I got lost in her world and narration and time flew as I laughed with her and felt the tension and suspense of finding an answer and really hoping that no one ends up dead. Especially the guy she's falling in love with. Sawyer is so darn cute, and I love their romance. It goes up a bit on the hot scale, and I love how Jules thinks about it like normal girls do and Lisa isn't afraid to candidly write about their first encounters with heavy making out. 




        It was unique and added an extra layer of plot twistiness that the visions were coming from Sawyer now, and while Jules has been in his shoes, their situations are pretty different. She can empathize and bring good ideas to the table, but she isn't the one who is seeing gruesome and scary things and making the accompanying hard decisions about what to do and how to figure out how that works. 




        It picks up right where Crash left off and I liked that. The relationships and dynamics haven't really changed that much except Jules and Sawyer are together and some people are none too happy about that.In this one, we get more of Rowan and of Trey (Jules sister and brother) and I thoroughly enjoyed the aspect and theme of family that it brought to the story. Jules dad is still pretty unstable mentally and emotionally and they never know what they are going to get. The italian restaurants are still a part of the story and the feud between the two families certainly complicates things from the adults' perspective between Jules and Sawyer. 
     
        I liked how the twists came together, and how Jules and Sawyer ended up figuring out what to do and the courage they showed in stepping up for others. I ended well and tied up all of the plot lines of this book while still leaving me excited for the third. 
       




    Bottom Line: Fast paced and snarky, flew through it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Breathttaking

    THE MOST EPIC SEQUEL GTO A SERIES I HAVE EVER READ !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Steven

    Sorry. I forgot.

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  • Posted November 24, 2013

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    I have extremely conflicting emotions about this one. And sepa

    I have extremely conflicting emotions about this one. And separating those emotions and evaluating the book for what it was proved to be harder than I thought. There was that nagging thought in the back of my head that really bugged me.

    On one hand, I actually felt that this story was an improvement over the first book. Jules and Sawyer are acting a little bit more their age. Their family dynamics are crazy, but they are both pushing the boundaries that I think they should. And maybe some they shouldn't. Jules starts lying about almost everything. But, she can't explain the visions and the need she feels to solve the riddle being seen. And she's not about to give up Sawyer for their families stupid feuds. Sawyer is standing up for himself and I'm curious how this might play out in the next book. He's taken a drastic measure that has some big consequences.

    The events of the story are well played out. The visions seem way less specific this time and are harder to decipher. This really seems to effect Sawyer and I would not want to see what he sees on repeat all the time. I admired their courage to see it through even placing themselves in significant danger just to help those in the vision. They really saved a lot of lives and trauma.

    What really bothered me about this, was that I often wondered if this was too soon for this type of event to be written out in literature this way? I seem to be the only one that has been mentioned this in reviews, so maybe I'm the only one that feels the events of December 2012 are still to raw. I really wanted to know if the author already had this book partially (or fully) written when Sandy Hook happened or did this come after? It's something that has weighed on my mind.

    I let my emotions ride and decided to give the book its dues. I liked it despite the emotions it made me feel. I all enjoyed the hook at the end. It had a very Final Destination feel to it!

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    Posted December 29, 2013

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