Saturday, December 1, 2012

REVIEW: Gone by Lisa McMann

Recap:

Knowing what’s to come in her future, Janie feels she’s made peace with that, but she can’t stand the thought of being such a burden to Cabel and holding him back. She’s a train wreck and he’s amazing, so she takes the only path she believes is available to her. Before she can do that, a stranger enters her life, unraveling everything. She now realizes there are two paths before her, and time is running out for her, and her alone, to choose the lesser of two evils.

Title:  Gone
Series:  Wake
Book #: 3
Author:  Lisa McMann
Approximate Book Length:  228 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

This final chapter in the Wake trilogy doesn’t have the same kind of excitement from the first two. Here the conflict is solely within Janie herself and what options she has for her future. Her past comes colliding with her present and she’s forced to face her mother, Cabel, and everyone else in her life, and make the decision that will mean everything.

It was a nice change of pace to read strictly about Janie and her life around her ability. There’s no case she and Cabel are working on, and we really focus on her as she explores the life of the stranger (that’s right, I’m not telling you who this person is), and tries to reconcile everything in her life with what she thinks is best. The only problem with this is that it slows the pace down a bit.

In the end, it’s still an enjoyable book as we find closure to Janie’s story, even knowing how hard her future’s going to be one way or another. It’s a heart wrenching trip on a different level than the last two books, and I couldn’t really ask for more from the final chapter.

In Conclusion:

Lisa McMann finishes the trilogy with a heartwarming finale. Every relationship in Janie’s life is capped in some way, and we’re shown that Janie is looking forward to her future, which is more than she could say previously. Don’t miss the conclusion in the Wake trilogy with Gone!

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