Fade (Wake Trilogy Series #2)

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The sequel to Wake, the bestselling YA series about a girl who gets sucked into other people's dreams.

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The sequel to Wake, the bestselling YA series about a girl who gets sucked into other people's dreams.

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Janie and Cabel have a dangerous new assignment. At their high school, rumors are rampant that teachers are using date-rape drugs on students. Called in to investigate, the pair tap into the nightmares of a troubled female classmate. Alarmed by what they discover, they decide to probe deeper, using Janie as bait. This extreme strategy endangers Janie, but as they soon discover, that's only the half of it….
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This intriguing, if not quite stand-alone, sequel to Wake (S & S, 2008) follows undercover investigators and high school seniors Janie Hannagan and her partner/boyfriend Cabel as they attempt to unmask and trap a sexual predator teaching at Fieldridge High. Janie is a dream catcher-she has the ability to be sucked into another person's dreams-and her job is to glean clues to the culprit's identity from her classmates and to act as bait. The latter task annoys protective Cabe, and their relationship, already strained by a scarcity of alone time and the need for secrecy (their last case might be jeopardized if they are seen together), is further stressed. Furthermore, Janie receives documents from her now-deceased dream-catcher mentor promising to detail the fate in store for her, and she's not sure she wants to know the truth. While there are few surprises in the main plot arc, the spare but effective narrative holds readers' attention, especially when Janie delves into the chilling truth of her ability. Teens who like the supernatural-tinged drama of shows like Ghost Whisperer and Medium may be tempted by this series.-Christi Esterle, Parker Library, CO

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On the heels of assisting the police in a cocaine bust in 2008's Wake, senior Janie Hannagan, a dream catcher-she is involuntarily pulled into other people's dreams-is now working directly for the local police, alongside her narc boyfriend, Cabel, in this tension-filled sequel. This time the pair must identify and catch a sexual predator working as a teacher in their school. Although their romance has moved to a new level, their love is tested by Janie's risky new role and deteriorating health. Through Janie's dreams and a journal left behind, the deceased Miss Stubin, a former dream catcher, teaches the teen how to control dreams. In a bittersweet ending, she also reveals the incredible power of dream catching and the toll it will ultimately take on Janie. The quick-paced, present-tense narration and realistic dialogue that gripped readers in the first book resume here. While the wild events at a teacher's party may seem exaggerated, the effects of GHB, the "date rape" drug, on both females and males will both frighten and enlighten. Fans will clamor for a third title. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416974482
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Series: Wake Trilogy Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 119,705
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (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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January 1, 2006, 1:31 a.m.

Janie sprints through the snowy yards from two streets away and slips quietly through the front door of her house.

And then.

Everything goes black.

She grips her head, cursing her mother under her breath as the whirling kaleidoscope of colors builds and throws her off balance. She bumps against the wall and holds on, and then slowly lowers herself blindly to the floor as her fingers go numb. The last thing she needs is to crack her head open. Again.

She's too tired to fight it right now. Too tired to pull herself out of it. Plants her cheek on the cold tile floor. Gathers her strength so she can try later, in case the dream doesn't end quickly.



1:32 a.m.

It's the same old dream Janie's mother always has. The one where a much younger, much happier mother flies through a psychedelic tunnel of flashing, spinning, colored lights, holding hands with the hippie who looks like Jesus Christ. Their sunglasses reflect the dizzying stripes, making it even harder for Janie to stop the vertigo.

This dream always makes Janie sick to her stomach.

What's her stupid mother doing sleeping in the living room, anyway?

But Janie is curious. She tries to focus. She peers at the man in the dream as she floats alongside the oblivious pair. Janie's mother could see Janie, if only she looked. But she never does.

The man can't see her, of course. It's not his dream. Janie wishes she could get him to take off his sunglasses. She wants to see his face. Wonders if his eyes are brown like hers. She can never focus her attention in one place for long, though, with all the spinning colors.

Abruptly the dream changes.


The hippie man fades, and Janie's mother stands in a line of people that stretches on for what seems like miles. Her shoulders curl over, worn, like thin pages in a well-read book.

Her face is grim, set. Angry.

She's holding —

jiggling —

a screaming, red-faced baby.

Not this again. Janie doesn't want to watch anymore — she hates this part. Hates it. She gathers all her strength and concentrates. Hard. Groans inwardly. And pulls herself out of her mother's dream.


1:51 a.m.

Janie's vision slowly returns. She shivers in a cold sweat and flexes her aching fingers, grateful that she never seems to get sucked back into a dream once she's successfully pulled out of it. So far, anyway.

She pushes herself to her feet as her mother snores on the couch, and walks shakily to the bathroom, stomach churning. She gags and retches, then makes a halfhearted attempt at brushing her teeth. Once in her bedroom, Janie closes the door tightly behind her.

Falls to the bed, like a lump of dough.

After last month's ordeal with the drug bust, Janie knows she's got to get her strength back or the dreams will take over her life again.

That night, Janie's own dreams are blasted with churning oceans and hurricanes and life jackets that sink like stones.

11:44 a.m.

Janie wakes to sunlight streaming in. She's ravenous and dreaming about food now. Smelling it.

"Cabe?" she mumbles, eyes closed.

"Hey. I let myself in." He sits on the bed next to her, his fingers drawing her tangled hair away from her face. "Rough night, Hannagan? Or are you still catching up?"

"Mrrff." She rolls over. Sees the plate of eggs and toast, steam rising. Grins wide as the ocean and lunges for it. "You — best secret boyfriend ever."

Copyright © 2009 by Lisa McMann

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

    As one case closes another one opens. Janie Hannagan returns, this time using her abilities of being swept into a person's dreams to solve a sex scandal at her school. <BR/><BR/>Several calls have been made on Fieldridge High School's anonymous phone line. Although inaudible at times, the messages result in the assumption that certain faculty members and students at Fieldridge have been fooling around. So Captain and her agents use their closest resources to try and crack the case, meaning Janie and Cabel will have to figure out what is going on. Objection at first by Cabel, but Janie gives the final decision and both are on the case. <BR/><BR/>While the investigation continues, Janie is given the chance to finally see what lies ahead for her. Hardly given any information about her ability, Captain gives Janie a box full of papers written by Martha Stubin that not only contains her secrets and past, but the positive and negative effects of helping others with their dreams. Although she may have a clue with what these effects are, Janie isn't so sure she is ready to confirm what she already knows. <BR/><BR/>With the intensity of the case and her outcome, Cabel isn't so sure he can handle the danger that Janie puts herself in, and their relationship begins to weaken. Will they be able to get through this case peacefully or will it tear them apart? <BR/><BR/>As a highly anticipated sequel to WAKE, FADE certainly lives up to expectations. Along with Janie, readers will be able to delve deeper into the enormity of Janie's ability and the strain that it causes not only on her but also on Cabel. <BR/><BR/>The simplicity of the writing and the creativity of the plot will leave an imprint of the reader, causing it to never FADE from their mind.

    29 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    Fade is good writing!

    I was completely blown away by Wake, the first book in this series, so I had incredibly high expectations for Fade. Lisa McMann has worked her magic once again! I LOVED Fade, and it may be just as good, if not better than Wake!
    The storyline of Fade moved at a such a quick pace, I found myself not wanting to put away the book! I was intrigued from beginning to end and as cliche as it sounds, I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going to happen next. And trust me, I never saw the ending coming at me! I was pleasantly shocked and loved that I was left stunned!
    My favorite thing about the Wake books are the characters! Lisa's characters are unforgettable. I absolutely adore Janie. Of all the characters I've read about, Janie is one person I can totally relate to. She's the fun, smart, humble, down-to-earth girl you want to befriend. And don't get me started on Cabel! I mean he should win some greatest boyfriend or boyfriend-of-the-year award. It is so adorable how much he cares for Janie, and he takes such good care of her! His vulnerability is touching, and I just find him irresistibly sweet! Miss Stubin, Captain, Carrie, Stacey...each is memorable and adds something special to this incredible novel.
    This book is absolutely phenomenal! If you haven't read Wake, get started now! If you've read Wake, but not yet read Fade, what are you waiting for? This book is chocked full of everything--mystery, suspense, crime, drama, humor, romance...you name it, this book's got it!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2009

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    Another sexy, suspense-filled read!

    WOW!!! Another amazing read! FADE continues the story of Janie, a teen who can see inside the dreams of others. Full of suspense, sexy (Cabe!) and a super fast read, FADE is even better than the first book, WAKE. I caught myself holding my breath several times while reading this book. You¿ll be at the edge of your seat from the very beginning. This is one of those books that pulls you in and doesn¿t let you go until you close the back cover, desperate for more. I can¿t wait for the third book in the series!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2009

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    (SPOILERS IN HERE!) Okay well as we all know, Wake was Amazing! But, this sequel I really did not like. First off, the ending is sooo bittersweet it makes the entire series depressing. I hope this isn't a spoiler but, Janie learns how her power gives her more bad side-effects like, blindness at 25 years old! Her hands are gonna like, squish up. And, that gonna leave Cabel with a blind old lady when there in their 20's. Ugh, that would suck. And for what? To just do some crime work? And she can never get out of it. She cant ever stop her deterioration. I'd be f'n pissed. And in the end, when Janie accomplishes her goal when she goes undercover in a crime, the whole aspect ALmost makes it believable, but not quite. It could have been amazing, it just didn't quite make it for some reason for me. Ugh, Im really mad at Lisa McMann for writing such a disappointing sequel. I mean, I'll still read the 3rd book, because there are still a lot of unanswered questions. Another complaint I had was I hated Cabel and Janie's relationship this time. I hated that (SPOILER) they eventually did it together. I mean, I'm not against that, I just think it was placed in a really odd area of the book, like it was no big deal. It didn't seem to add anything to the story. They waited and waited just to make sure they were gonna stay together, and then they just like gave up and Janie went for it. Didn't really make any sense. So the author made a mistake of putting that in. So, you should still give it a try. Of course! But, Im just saying it disappointed me!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

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    Great Series

    FADE, book 2 in the Dream Catcher Trilogy, is the continued story of Janie Hannagan-Dream Catcher. Janie is sucked in to the mind of the dreamer, an ability that has always haunted her, but now Janie is learning to control it. Not only can she pull out of the dreams, but she can help to change them. Janie's ability lands her a job with the police. The only other person outside of the police force who knows about her, or cares, is Cabel--her partner and the boy she loves. But Janie's newest assignment, to bait a suspected sexual predator, could push Cabel to far and Janie is learning that dream catching comes at a high price.

    I love this series. It's fast paced and holds your attention from page one. Janie and Cabel have had such hard lives you can't help but want a happy ending for them, and with all the twists and turns they take, you have to keep reading to be sure it ends well. This book is a bit darker than WAKE. There's mention of sex, more graphic than in most of the YA I've read, but nothing over the top. If you've followed any of my previous book reviews and we have similar tastes, you'd probably enjoy this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2009

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    it was gud

    i really like this book to but i like the first one way better at the end it confuesed me and it made me cry becuz of that whole going blind thing i no its not really but the book hauned me for days i just had to know if she still falls into dreams or if she went blind all i know is i have to wait till feb 2010 and i will

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

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    Wake and Fade are two of the best books I have ever read. I was a bit skeptikal of reading them at first, but I am so glad I did. I read them both in a day each, I couldn't put the down. I was laughing and crying and reading like crazy. Terrific Books!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2009

    Marissa's review for Fade

    Janie is beginning to learn how to control the dreams she enters and gets sucked in to. When unexpected criminals arise in the school, the students still ignorant to the danger, Janie and Cabel are assigned to the case. Janie knows this will put her in danger, but when it comes to peoples' lives isn't it worth it?

    This author uses some literary devices such as:

    Imagery- The names and schedules of Chem. 2 students are burned into Janie's brain.

    Simile- She focuses on his fingers, thinking how weird fingers are. Like little animals, all their own.

    Simile- Only a few lingerers remain in the building that now feels like a rain forest after a downpour.

    The best part of the book is during the party. Janie has been drugged, like so many other students and teachers at the party. Things begin to come out in fuzzy pictures. She can't remember why she's there. It's when the teachers begin to touch her when she hears a voice in her head. She slowly begins to remember. Janie takes back control, unlike the other students who are ignorant to what's really happening. She uses her self-defense against the teachers and gets help. She stayed strong and true to whom she was and didn't let them control her.

    The worst part of the book is, although it's amazing that she can enter others' dreams, she will lose her sight and the use of her hands if she continues. She knows she has to choose between helping people while losing her sight or she can isolate herself, forever alone but unharmed. Her life is so complicated, and she never even asked for it. She becomes faced with problems no teenager, or any person whatsoever, should have to go through. The only person who ever understood her pain was Miss Stubin and now she's dead. So who does she really have?

    I would recommend this book most definitely. It shows that no matter who you are or what you've been through there can always be hope. There can always be love. There is no such thing as a 'nobody.' Everyone has a purpose here. This book takes you on a journey with Janie. You become a part of her, rooting her on and hoping a better life for her. People enter her life and she slowly begins to understand love and dreams; dreams both literal and in theory. This is Janie's journey, and no matter what anyone can be anything.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2008

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    was absolutely amazing.<BR/><BR/>i couldn't even put it down.<BR/><BR/>i read it in an hour and a half.<BR/><BR/>i have waited for FADE forever.<BR/><BR/>dont pass up a chance to get this book when it comes out AND WAKE as well.<BR/><BR/>absolutely one i would reread.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    Totally in LOVE with Cabe

    The first book captivated me at the start. Cabe's love for Janie to me was just WOW! It made me love Cabe's character so much, and in this second book, it's no different.
    This second installment went more in depth with Cabe and Janie's relationship and the struggles the two faces together as they catch a sexual predator. This novel was exciting, thrilling, and oh so romantic.
    Definitely one of my favorite book series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

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    Love love loved it!

    This book was great! I once again read this book in one sitting. This book was a lot more adult then the last book in the series (Wake). Janie and Cabel's relationship is really solidified in this book. This book is the first look into Janie's ability to use her gift (if you want to call it that) to help solve crimes. This assignment puts a strain on her relationship with Cabel since she has to put herself in harms way to solve it. Janie also discovers the very troubling physical consequences of her ability. Gone will be released Feb 9th 2010! Cant wait th finish the series and find out which path Janie chooses..I bet it leads to Cabel! Wink wink

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2009

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    This book is amazing

    I bought both books of this series and couldn't put them down! After i read them, i passed them on to my friends and they all wanted to read the third one to see would happen next! Its a great realistic fiction and McMann does a great job in description and being relatable to the reader. This series, by far is one of the best i've read and its a break from all the classical book for school.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2009

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    Definitely A Must Read!!

    When i first read Wake, i wasn't really certain that it would be something that i would like but i ended up loving it, and then when i heard there was going to be another one i was excited to jump at the chance to read it... Fade was definitely worth the wait!! It was so good, and such a fast read, There are so many things that happen that make you want to get through it as fast as you can to finally read what happens in the end, i would definitely recommend this book to anyway who loves a nail biting, amazing story, and the relationship with Cabel and Janie in this book just grows and becomes even more addicting!! READ IT!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

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    extremely good

    this book is the sequal to Wake, and is very entertaining, and fun to read. i have read it in a day because it was so good. its a very simple read and a very fun read as well. there is action and romance, and fantasy, and is an overall page turner that i will definitly read again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 28, 2009

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    I loved the first book and was thrilled to read the second one and now all I wanna do is read the 3rd one. It has me wanting more!! I love the characters and Cabel and Janie are so cute!!

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    I loved the first one and was anticipating this ones release. I loved these books and i would suggest them to anyone. I hope you all enjoy this series as much as i did. :)

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  • Posted April 4, 2009

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    Oh, my God.

    All I have to say is.... it's totally different than Twilight. And I love it.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    Great Sequel

    A wonderful sequel to "Wake". As a High School Librarian, I think that Lisa McMann has a beautiful way of describing what is going on around her characters, with a unique writing style and beautifully keeps her audience interested. I would highly reccomend this book to 14-19 year old girls (not really a "guy" book). Although I thought the first one was better due to the fact that this one was a bit predictable. The last couple of chapters were very intense and kept you on the edge of your seat. Enjoy!

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  • Posted February 28, 2009

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    The Best!

    I couldn't put it down!! I finished in only a couple of hours! I hardly ate while I was at a restaurant. I only read. I love this book. It's amazing. I highly recommend reading this. The story just got real better. Totally better than Wake.

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  • Posted February 27, 2009

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    Fade has to be one of the most memorible and enticing book I have ever read. It kept me on the edge of my seat after every word, every sentence, every page, and every paragraph. It's so overwhelmingly addictive that I finished it in less than 3 hours. This book will keep you screaming for a sequel!!!

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