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The Vision

The Vision

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by Jen Nadol

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Cassie Renfield finally has a handle on how the mark works. She knows she can intervene and attempt to change fate, but she also knows that saving one life could mean sacrificing another. The centuries old letter she found at the end of The Mark suggests she's a descendent of the Greek Fate, Lachesis, and that there are others out there with powers like hers.


Cassie Renfield finally has a handle on how the mark works. She knows she can intervene and attempt to change fate, but she also knows that saving one life could mean sacrificing another. The centuries old letter she found at the end of The Mark suggests she's a descendent of the Greek Fate, Lachesis, and that there are others out there with powers like hers. It's time to go find them. Now legally emancipated at 17, Cassie moves to Chicago to finish high school in a community where the Greek population is strong. She quickly discovers Demetria, a Greek girl who has visions of "the Angel of Death." But the Angel of Death is not Demetria, it's Zander-the cute Greek boy from school. His power allows him to help expedite a soul's journey from our world into the afterlife. He needs someone like Cassie-with the knowledge of a person's last day-in order to do his job successfully. But Cassie's not sure she's ready to willingly let marked people die....

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Cassie Renfield's story continues in this sequel to The Mark (Bloomsbury, 2010). She wants to better understand death, and because she knows that the halos she sees surrounding people mean that they will die sometime that day, she begins working at a morgue. Since her deceased grandmother never spoke about her mother and the mysterious tie the women in her family have to Greek deities, the teen also tries desperately to connect with her roots by seeking out other Greeks. She meets Zander and quickly falls for his charming ways. When she accepts an invitation to dinner at his house, she begins to realize that he may not be what he seems. She learns that he is also a descendant of the Greek gods, and that his purpose is to "carry" people over to death. Now she faces a serious dilemma: Should she tell those who bear the mark and try to save them, even if it means that someone else somewhere will die instead, or should she help Zander find those that are marked so he can complete their demise? At the end, Cassie is closer to making a decision, but there still is room for another book in this series. Nadol has written a compelling psychological thriller with just the right amount of romance and mystery. Cassie is a fully fleshed-out character who, despite her extraordinary ability and goddess ancestry, has real-world questions and problems. Recommend this book to those who enjoyed The Mark, as it does not quite work as a stand-alone, and to those who liked Lisa McMann's Wake (S & S, 2008) and Rachel Ward's Numbers (Scholastic, 2010).—Lauren Newman, Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School, Columbus, NJ
VOYA - Erin Wyatt
When Cassie Renfield sees a glow around someone, it means that person has less than a day to live. Cassie struggles with the moral and ethical complexities that come with this power, trying to determine when to warn someone of his imminent demise while wondering if changing the fate of one person will cost the life of someone else. As she grapples with this dilemma, Cassie tries to learn more through long conversations about death and religion at a funeral home where she works part-time. Believing the power is tied to her Greek heritage, she tries to connect with members of the Greek community in Chicago, including a girl in a psychiatric hospital and her classmate, Zander, with whom she has a powerful connection. A sequel to The Mark (Bloomsbury, 2010/VOYA June 2010), this volume does not work easily as a stand alone book. Many pieces of the puzzle seem to be missing, and the big pay off about reuniting with the love of her life falls flat. Although ties to the Fates and Greek mythology seem pivotal to understanding her powers, the explanation is murky. Cassie is a strong and likeable character who navigates the supernatural while trying to live likea normal high school student— maintaining friendships, finding love, and doing well in school. While Cassie ultimately comes to some peace with her gift, it remains mysterious. Reviewer: Erin Wyatt
Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
Cassie Renfield is faced with an impossible choice—can she save one person's life, only to condemn another to certain death? In an attempt to both run away from who she is and at the same time find herself, Cassie leaves her old life behind and moves to Chicago. There, she hopes to find someone who can explain her mysterious ability to see "the mark"—a luminous glow around a person that signals their imminent death. As a descendant of the ancient Greek Fates, Cassie has inherited this power and struggles to know what she is to do with it. Does she warn the person? If she saves one person, does another die? And how can she ever know if one life is worth saving? When she meets a troubled teen who claims to have seen the "angel of death," Cassie hopes that she might have finally stumbled upon a key to unlock the truth. But an electric attraction to the school's bad boy Zander and heartbreak over the true love she left behind at home make her journey to self-discovery complicated. Ultimately, The Vision is a book about faith—faith in oneself and faith in one's ability to make a difference in the world. This compelling sequel to The Mark uses the popularity of the paranormal to ask tough questions about death, dying, and the soul. Nadol's thoughtful and honest writing voiced through Cassie's frank conversations about religion and faith are refreshing, without sacrificing the appeal of young romance. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
Kirkus Reviews

This dark, thoughtful sequel to The Mark (2010) eventually subverts practically every paranormal-romance cliché.

Seventeen-year-old Cassie has accepted her ability to see impending death; she is a descendent of the mythological Fates. Seeking guidance on this "gift," she leaves her small-town home and friends to immerse herself in a study of death, working at a funeral home, researching different spiritual traditions and visiting a young woman committed to psychiatric care after seeing the "Angel of Death." She also becomes involved with the supremely arrogant (and dangerously magnetic) Zander, who claims to have the answers about Cassie's purpose and destiny. Cassie is both mature and sensitive, ever conscious of the feelings of others and agonizingly aware of the consequences of her own choices, while retaining all the foibles and yearnings of a realistic teenager. If her school life and the multicultural Chicago setting are given short shrift, and most of the secondary characters remain opaque, that's because so much depth is given to Cassie's interior struggles. While it may frustrate some readers that her ethical quandary never receives a clear solution and so many plot threads remain dangling, others will respect her eventual acceptance of uncertainty.

For those willing to ponder difficult questions and appreciate the opportunity to come to their own conclusions, Cassie's visions will resonate long after the last page is turned. (Fantasy. 14 & up)

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Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
The Mark Series , #2
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Age Range:
14 Years

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Meet the Author

Jen Nadol is also the author of The Mark. She has a BA in Literature from American University and currently resides in a 150 year old farmhouse in Westchester County, New York with her husband and three young sons. She has no paranormal abilities and is pretty happy about it.

Jen Nadol has a BA in literature from American University and currently resides in a hundred-and-fifty-year-old farmhouse with her husband and three young sons. She is also the author of The Mark, which has been optioned for television by Warner Brothers. Jen has no paranormal abilities-and is pretty happy about it. www.jennadolbooks.com  

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Vision 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I loved the first in the series. And while I'm use to the sophomore book tending to me inferior to the first, I struggled with this one way more than I normally do. My biggest problem was the amount of time this book spends in the funeral home. And, I really feel this might be a personal issue with me. I'm not overly fond of the idea of death. So reading about all her work in the funeral homes was just NOT for me. I do understand why she was doing it. And I enjoyed what she learned about the different beliefs on what happens when we die. And also the idea of changing your "destiny" is discussed in different contexts which I found fascinating. I liked Cassie's interactions with the girl in the mental health hospital. While the other girl never says anything, I think it shows a lot about what Cassie is trying to learn. She's really trying to get a handle on what's the right thing to do. Which brings us to Zander. I enjoyed learning who he is and what he can do in relationship to what Cassie does. But, as a character, I intensely disliked him. I really wanted to Cassie to stay far away from him. So, really mixed feelings about this book. I hate saying it was a let down, but I just didn't have the same feel as the first book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eh its okay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this and the first book! I loved everything about it accept I felt like it had an unfullfilling ending. If I read the last book in a set and am not content or feel like another book should follow, then it makes me slightly resentful. I wish there had been some closure, I want another book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was amazing! To those who dont like the funeral home, dont read the book. A lot of important scenes happen there. I honestly loved this book , there was not a lot of jack, just some memories..... the first few chapters are really confuzing, she apperently moved to chicago and now has to make all new friends. All in all i REALLY LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! (And kinda zander too!!(: )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someone needs to write a comment! I always need good comments about the book before I read it! And if you do write a comment, please spell the words correctly. People can't understand you if your comment is spelled wrong. Now onto the review. This is a very good book, though you should read the first one first if you want to understand it a little better. It isn't like the Hunger Games, but is still really good! Please read and rate it! It is a good book! And PLEASE rate it when you have read it. If not for me, for the sake of others!