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Wake (Wake Trilogy Series #1)

Wake (Wake Trilogy Series #1)

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by Lisa McMann

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Not all dreams are sweet.

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse,


Not all dreams are sweet.

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Being told to follow your dreams is usually thought of as a positive piece of advice, unless you are Janie Hannagan, a seventeen-year-old high school senior, who has been dragged into other people’s dreams since she was eight years old. Whenever someone falls asleep near her, she is in their head, visualizing their dream but unable to stop or participate. This can be dangerous since teenagers are always falling asleep in class. Her home life is no better: her mom is an alcoholic and stopped paying attention to her years ago, so Janie has pretty much been a loner until Carrie Brandt moved into her neighborhood. Carrie dreams of her little brother’s drowning. When Janie’s not at school, she works at a nursing home called the Heather Home. Her favorite person there is Martha Stubin, who is blind and suffers from useless, gnarled up hands. Janie loves to read to Martha, who dreams of a young man in a uniform. What is strange is that it seems that Martha sees Janie inside her dreams. One day, Cabel Strumheller, a quiet classmate of hers, misses the bus and Janie drives him to school and a friendship starts. Janie’s never told anyone about her strange ability, but she feels oddly close to Cabel, who dreams of a monstrous man who has knives for fingers. Rumors tell that Cabel deals drugs and Janie wants no part of that, but the more she learns about him the more she realizes that they all have secrets hidden away. With so many dreams and so many nightmares, is Janie safe anywhere? A riveting story that picks the reader up and transports them into the wee hours where no one’s safe. The first book in the “Wake” trilogy. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan; Ages 14 up.
Publishers Weekly

The trick to getting hooked on this highly satisfying first novel is to look past its disjointed opening. The initial chapters consist of flashbacks into which are woven a series of repetitive scenes wherein Janie Hannagan is unwillingly sucked into others' dreams and nightmares, and suffers debilitating side effects. But as soon as McMann establishes Janie's strange skill, she throws just the right teen-centric ingredients into the story to propel it forward and grab readers. Tough and strong Janie, now 17, seems totally independent, charting a future that will lead away from her welfare mother's alcoholism. Her turbulent relationship with Cabel, the unwashed stoner boy-turned-handsome, pulsates with sexual tension-problematized by Janie's knowledge of his insistent dreams about killing a man. But then Cabel learns to communicate his desires to Janie through lucid dreaming at just about the same time that Janie finds out that she can influence the dreams she enters. The plot twists keep coming, even if one or two are shopworn, and the writing has a Caroline Cooney-like snap that's hard to resist. Ages 14-up. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up- This clever novel opens with Janie Hannagan, 17, inside the star quarterback's dream-she knows it's his dream because he's the only one naked on the football field. Janie dreams along with her fellow students when they fall asleep near her-on the bus, in study hall, in boring classes, etc. She begins to dream with loner Cabel Sturmheller and discovers both his horrific childhood abuse and longstanding feelings for her. The third-person omniscient narration sets a perfect mood; readers are, like Janie, observers. Janie and Cabel's friendship is sweetly drawn, their conversations are smooth, and their romantic tension builds naturally. The language is realistically gritty. Unfortunately, McMann uses a plot twist right out of Law and Order to doom their relationship, and an even cheaper twist to reconcile them. Still, an economy of language, swift character development, and mysterious circumstances drive the narrative to a fast and mostly satisfying conclusion. McMann also gives useful attention to the science of dreaming. This book is ideal for reluctant readers, especially girls.-Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library

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Kirkus Reviews
Dealing with an alcoholic single mother and endless hours of working at Heather Nursing Home to raise money for college, high-school senior Janie Hannagan doesn't need more problems. But inexplicably, since she was eight years old, she has been pulled in to people's dreams, witnessing their recurring fears, fantasies and secrets. Through Miss Stubin at Heather Home, Janie discovers that she is a dream catcher with the ability to help others resolve their haunting dreams. After taking an interest in former bad boy Cabel, she must distinguish between the monster she sees in his nightmares and her romantic feelings for him. And when she learns more about Cabel's covert identity, Janie just may be able to use her special dream powers to help solve crimes in a suspense-building ending with potential for a sequel. McMann lures teens in by piquing their interest in the mysteries of the unknown, and keeps them with quick-paced, gripping narration and supportive characters. (Fiction. YA)

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Wake Trilogy Series , #1
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December 9, 2005, 12:55 p.m.

Janie Hannagan's math book slips from her fingers. She grips the edge of the table in the school library. Everything goes black and silent. She sighs and rests her head on the table. Tries to pull herself out of it, but fails miserably. She's too tired today. Too hungry. She really doesn't have time for this.

And then.

She's sitting in the bleachers in the football stadium, blinking under the lights, silent among the roars of the crowd.

She glances at the people sitting in the bleachers around her — fellow classmates, parents — trying to spot the dreamer. She can tell this dreamer is afraid, but where is he? Then she looks to the football field. Finds him. Rolls her eyes.

It's Luke Drake. No question about it. He is, after all, the only naked player on the field for the homecoming game.

Nobody seems to notice or care. Except him. The ball is snapped and the lines collide, but Luke is covering himself with his hands, hopping from one foot to the other. She can feel his panic increasing. Janie's fingers tingle and go numb.

Luke looks over at Janie, eyes pleading, as the football moves toward him, a bullet in slow motion. "Help," he says.

She thinks about helping him. Wonders what it would take to change the course of Luke's dream. She even considers that a boost of confidence to the star receiver the day before the big game could put Fieldridge High in the running for the Regional Class A Championship.

But Luke's really a jerk. He won't appreciate it. So she resigns herself to watching the debacle. She wonders if he'll choose pride or glory.

He's not as big as he thinks he is.

That's for damn sure.

The football nearly reaches Luke when the dream starts over again. Oh, get ON with it already, Janie thinks. She concentrates in her seat on the bleachers and slowly manages to stand. She tries to walk back under the bleachers for the rest of the dream so she doesn't have to watch, and surprisingly, this time, she is able.

That's a bonus.

1:01 p.m.

Janie's mind catapults back inside her body, still sitting at her usual remote corner table in the library. She flexes her fingers painfully, lifts her head and, when her sight returns, she scours the library.

She spies the culprit at a table about fifteen feet away. He's awake now. Rubbing his eyes and grinning sheepishly at the two other football players who stand around him, laughing. Shoving him. Whapping him on the head.

Janie shakes her head to clear it and she lifts up her math book, which sits open and facedown on the table where she dropped it. Under it, she finds a fun-size Snickers bar. She smiles to herself and peers to the left, between rows of bookshelves.

But no one is there for her to thank.

Evening, December 23, 1996

Janie Hannagan is eight. She wears a thin, faded red-print dress with too-short sleeves, off-white tights that sag between her thighs, gray moon boots, and a brown, nappy coat with two missing buttons. Her long, dirty-blond hair stands up with static. She rides on an Amtrak train with her mother from their home in Fieldridge, Michigan, to Chicago to visit her grandmother. Mother reads the Globe across from her. There is a picture on the cover of an enormous man wearing a powder-blue tuxedo. Janie rests her head against the window, watching her breath make a cloud on it.

The cloud blurs Janie's vision so slowly that she doesn't realize what is happening. She floats in the fog for a moment, and then she is in a large room, sitting at a conference table with five men and three women. At the front of the room is a tall, balding man with a briefcase. He stands in his underwear, giving a presentation, and he is flustered. He tries to speak but he can't get his mouth around the words. The other adults are all wearing crisp suits. They laugh and point at the bald man in his underwear.

The bald man looks at Janie.

And then he looks at the people who are laughing at him.

His face crumples in defeat.

He holds his briefcase in front of his privates, and that makes the others laugh harder. He runs to the door of the conference room, but the handle is slippery — something slimy drips from it. He can't get it open; it squeaks and rattles loudly in his hand, and the people at the table double over. The man's underwear is grayish-white, sagging. He turns to Janie again, with a look of panic and pleading.

Janie doesn't know what to do.

She freezes.

The train's brakes whine.

And the scene grows cloudy and is lost in fog.

"Janie!" Janie's mother is leaning toward Janie. Her breath smells like gin, and her straggly hair falls over one eye. "Janie, I said, maybe Grandma will take you to that big fancy doll store. I thought you would be excited about that, but I guess not." Janie's mother sips from a flask in her ratty old purse.

Janie focuses on her mother and smiles. "That sounds fun," she says, even though she doesn't like dolls. She would rather have new tights. She wriggles on the seat, trying to adjust them. The crotch stretches tight at mid-thigh. She thinks about the bald man and scrunches her eyes. Weird.

When the train stops, they take their bags and step into the aisle. In front of Janie's mother, a disheveled, bald businessman emerges from his compartment.

He wipes his face with a handkerchief.

Janie stares at him.

Her jaw drops. "Whoa," she whispers.

The man gives her a bland look when he sees her staring, and turns to exit the train.

Copyright © 2008 by Lisa McMann

Meet the Author

Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of Fade and Wake, as well as many short stories, one of which won a Templeton Award. She grew up in Michigan and now lives in Arizona with her husband, two kids, dog, and cat.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was ok. Not great. Not bad either. It started slow, didn't seem to catch my attention until probably about half way through. Based on the synoposis I was expecting a suspenseful book that would leave me afraid if I read it at night by myself. This is NOT the case. It seemed to be more about relationships, but kept light. She has a secret, she sees the dreams of those around her as they sleep. She tries to keep it a secret and is attempting to navigate life and relationships despite her "disability". There is some action, but not suspense. McMann didn't generate in me a lot of emotion for her characters. In fact, I felt indifferent, not really interested in reading any more of their story in the sequel, Fade. However, I decided to read it anyway since I didn't have any other books in mind. Surpisingly, I found Fade to be MUCH better and I actually enjoyed it. I only recommend this book because Fade is worth the read, and you need to know what happens in Wake to get to Fade. But as a stand-alone book I would not recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adolescents beware: Lisa McMann knows you. She knows your insecurities. She knows how you might look so together, yet be so screwed up.
This is why Wake rang so true for me--because I remember what it was like to be 15, 16, 17. It wasn't a lovely, dreamy existence; it was somewhat akin to living in a shark tank.
So I can relate to Janie's fear that she's a freak. It makes sense; she slips into other people's dreams, after all. Nasty, nasty dreams. Makes it kind of hard to look a friend in the eyes, when you've seen him beating his father to a pulp.
As an adult, I can also relate to Janie's dismissal of adults. She has yet to learn that we're all just older teenagers. So when McMann skillfully adds a touch of mystery, now and then, to the actions of Janie's miserably inept mother, I love it. Funny stuff. Well written story. Scary stuff. Surprisingly believable fantasy stuff.I highly recomment this one.
Selina_Jonas More than 1 year ago
I could NOT put this book down! i actually did not put it donw until i was finished! it was absoulutley amazing! i was not sure i was going to like it at first, but as soon as i finished it i went out and bought 'Fade'. This book absolutley is a definite re-read because i thought it was that great. Many of my friends and even some teachers asked if they could borrow it. It is truelly an amazing read.
acsimps More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was very fast paced and had a great story line. I am always a sucker for a great love story in a book and this one does not disappoint. Janie and Cabel are a great pair and their characters compliment each other nicely. The general plot of the book is focused on Janie's Dream Catcher ability and how it is messing with her ability to live a normal life. Janie falls for Cabel fast and then is plagued by the fear that he is not to be trusted. The way the book is written could be confusing for some since the chapters are not you traditional 1,2,3 setup. This book is set up with sections and dates and times in order to organize the story flow. It can be hard to follow at first, but stick with it and you won't be disappointed. P.S. For those of you who are also Twilight fans and read Midnight Sun, you might be interested to know that on Lisa McMann's website you can read about 12 pages of Cabel's point of view. I was a little disappointed that all it covers is the bus ride Junior year, the skateboard ride, and a little of his time in Canada he finds out about Janie. But hey it is still worth a read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was not great and I had to force myself to finish it. Very poorly written so if you a nut about correct english don't even touch it. I'm not and the sentence fragments alone drove me crazy
BANCHEE_READS More than 1 year ago
Don't ever make the mistake of wishing Janie Hannigan 'sweet dreams.' She knows for a fact that most dreams involve things that are either frightening, humiliating or well - earthy. Things like falling, public nakedness and wild booty calls. And the way she knows these things is Janie's secret, the one she is desperate to hide: Janie gets pulled into other people's dreams. Despite her determination to live on the fringe (easy, with her alcoholic, uncaring mother) and keep her ability a secret, Janie finds herself increasingly attracted to Cabel Sturmheller - an outcast from her neighborhood who seems to have feelings for her, too. Cabel and Janie's relationship is very sweetly drawn and although there are a couple of awkward plot points (the mysterious situation that keeps them apart, for instance) this is a very good read, fast-paced and satisfying.
J.R._BookWorm More than 1 year ago
I got this book at the libary one day (I thought the cover looked cool, and the 1st page immedatly draws you in!) It's about a girl who gets sucked into peoples dreames (she has to be in the same room as the sleeping person for her to go into their dreames) She can't help it, she hates it. I loved this book! GO READ IT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wake by Lisa McMann is absolutely ashoishing. I'm a teen who loves books especially the Twilight Saga or any Stephenie Meyer book, but after reading Wake....I have a new favorite author. She uses casual language to pull you in to the story and real life situations that teens get into such as drugs and achohol(not saying every teens does those things.....). I would recommend this book to any teen or young adult of any gender that wants a quick but satifying read. I can't wait to buy Lisa McMann's Fade(the sequel). You literally can't but Wake down. What a book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main character in this story is Janie Hannigan, an exceptional, intelligent, and gifted young lady. While riding on an Amtrak train with her mother that's going to Chicago at age eight, Janie discovers that is she different than most children, and realizes that she can dream. Her childhood consisted of poverty, not knowing who her father was, and facing the realization that her mother was an alcoholic. She grew up in Fieldridge, Michigan. A town that was labeled as white trash by the rich, snooty girls at school, who tormented and mistreated Janie from elementary through high school. By the time Janie entered sixth grade, she faced many challenges, and became stronger to fight off the obstacles in her life that knocked her off her feet. During her desperation to survive these challenges, a girl her age by the name of Carrie moves in next door, and becomes Janie's best friend. Although Janie could fight her way through the numerous problems she was faced with, there was one problem she realized she'd have great difficulty dealing with. Her greatest fear was her seizure-like disorder, causing recurrent dreams and nightmares, leaving her numb, hopeless, and scared. The only person she trusted to share her dreams with was Cabel, a young man who witnessed her dreams with both of them in the dream, and in the nightmares. At age sixteen, Janie began working in a nursing home, because the welfare checks her mother received only paid for rent, and booze. It was at this age when Janie realized that her dreams and nightmares were not considered normal, and that she needed help to overcome this greatest fear that haunted her everyday. She was able to read the lives of others through her dreams, and visualize the same dreams other people had. Her toughest battle was to help others in nightmares, and remove herself from other dreams she'd rather not be in. As she begins to write a journal about her dreams to overcome her fear, Cabel falls in love with her, and guides her every step of the way. Through this battle, Janie is faced with another problem, and her decision could affect her for the rest of her life. In order for Cabel to prove his love for her, she must struggle through another daring challenge. This compelling story holds the reader's attention from page one to the end, with interest and curiosity as to how the story will end. The talented author painted a splendid picture of her characters as Janie and Cabel came to life in the first few chapters. 'Wake' is enriched with the fine qualities that's required for movie viewing. A story where the reader can feel the sadness, happiness, and the emotional trauma that Janie is forced to face. I recommend this novel to teens and adults, who enjoy stories that can be based on real life situations, and can feel a sense of glory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to reading this book because the synopsis was so compelling. I got the free sample on my nook, then purchased the entire book since I was so interested, but I ended up feeling like it was a waste of money. I still like the plot, but I'm definitely NOT a fan of the way it was written. I disliked it to the point where it was almost painful to read and honestly, I felt like I actually lost brain cells by the end of it. McMann has such an intriguing idea that deserves brilliant writing, but I felt the book was lacking a lot of necessary description. If you can put up with (and have a preference for) such simplicity, I'd recommend this book -- but if you're looking for depth and description, it's not worth the spending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been wanting to read this book for quite awhile now, and I finally was able to read it a few days ago. . . and truthfully, it was soo not what I expected. The writing was very, very weird, i didnt like the style of it and the character had no depth at all, it wasn't very edgy of descriptive, it was just not good and I'm not even going to read the sequels.
Envisage More than 1 year ago
At first, after reading the reviews, I thought Wake would be an okay book to pick up and read, but I was wrong. First off, the writing is horrible. It doesn't keep you interested and it become easy to tune out. Second, I became easily lost in what was happening because of the rambles that seem to go on. And finally, the story seemed to have no plot what so ever. After reading it I still didn't quite understand what it was about. I don't recommend Awake to any strong readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the idea of the book was really good but how it was written DROVE ME CRAZY! I couldnt get through the whole book it was written so weird.
sparkypan More than 1 year ago
I've read better books and not to be totally mean but i really don't know why people are making such a fuss over this book. Maybe i'm being too harsh, but the characters are really irritating and when i thought the books was going to end or should end, it just kept going. It was a good idea and okay plot, however. I'll probably read Fade, the next book, but i won't buy it.
Lily_Cullen More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book and read it super fast. It took me a couple of pages to get into the story, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down! I really liked Janie and Cabel. This was a great book and I'll definitely read the sequels to follow! I recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book seems to be written on a junior high level but with some sexual parts inappropriate for that age group. It might be good for a high school student that does not normally read, as it is a very easy, quick read without much depth. I wanted to like it more than I did. The premise sounded interesting, but it was poorly executed. Her ability is so far fetched yet people believe her without question. There is no explanation of how or why it happens and a dead mentor is thrown in without it making any sense at all. Then we have to believe the boy's job which is also ridiculous given his age and circumstance. I am very disappointed in this book. I gave it 2 stars because the idea is ok and I realize I am not the target demographic, but it was awful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say that trilogy is definately a teen read, so might not appeal to adults. But with that said I liked this trilogy. I stayed curious the whole way through. Some of the downsides of this trilogy is that at times it is pretty predictable and the author doesnt go too deep into the characters and their relationships but it does give you an ending that gives the reader closure. Overall I do not think I would recommend it to the masses...but with a few select friends that I think would enjoy it.
SexyAngel More than 1 year ago
Not one of my favorites...I was not impressed with the overall story, and it seemed to take a turn from bad to worse towards the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a awesome plot!! I really wished, though, that this was written in a more detailed way. Each chapter was filled with one line paragraphs. It's a easy read, and I think if people who don't really like many words in a book they should read this. Overall, I didn't really care for it, but I bet other will like it. P.S. I don't like all that swearing!!
seakoala More than 1 year ago
It was... boring yet exciting. I loved the story line but it was too short of a book. And there wasn't much detail. I read it in four hours and it left me confused. Hopefully F A D E answers my questions that this book left unanswered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
eh, the book was okay. not fantastic, but not horrible. it was an easy read- i read it in a day- i did like the character of cabel. although i didnt like his story much. i'm a fan of the show, 24, and the whole telling you what time this event happened made the book like the series. i guess. altogether it was an okay book.
JynxVyxn More than 1 year ago
I won't read this again. Pretty shallow character development. Has potential to be pretty amazing but falls flat.
HB-_- More than 1 year ago
It wasn't amazing, wasn't horrible. I liked the plot. It could have been turned in to something very interesting. My expectations where high, I was disappointed. Seventeen year old Janie finding herself hurled in to others unwanted dreams becomes a hassle. Especially when her love interest finds out she is invading his dreams and thinks she's doing it on purpose. Janie is an easy character to read about and the book is great for keeping you interested. A short read, about 2 hours for advanced readers. You won't be able to stop turning pages. Happy reading!(:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very excited to read the book after so many good reviews, friend reccomendations but sad to say I was dissapointed. The idea is great, the construction for me was what made it lackluster. The writing style kept me emotionally blocked from the MC's, the dreams were (IMO) short and lacked vivid imagery. I felt like I was reading in a white room, where a girl happened to fall into dreams, happened to fall in love, and just happened to become some under cover teenage agent. I don't even really have a good grasp on what the MC looks like afte two books. It just...lacked. I felt it was underdevelope and mostly due to the construction. I don't have a problem with this style of writing, I just didnt feel it suited this book or it's sequel Fade in the best manner. I wanted...more...and I will not be investing in the third book.