This is the final book in the Wake trilogy by Lisa McMann. This book concluded the series neatly but wasn't as griping and engaging as the previous two books.
Janie and Caleb are trying to have a normal relationship despite Janie's degenerating eye sight and Dream Walking skills. But Caleb's dreams show Janie that he is having trouble coping. When Janie gets a call that her mom is in the hospital she wonders what her irresponsible drunk mother has done this time. When she gets to the hospital what she finds is not what she expected. Her mother didn't do anything at all, her mother got a call that Janie's father is dying and is in a coma. Janie never knew her father and, as she stumbles into her father's terrifying dreams, she hopes to find a way to help him and maybe help herself. The time is getting close when Janie has to decide either to use her dream walking skills and go blind in her twenties, or choose to isolate herself from all of humanity.
The writing for this book was much like the previous books. The sentences are short without much description; they really propel the book forward. The chapters are done by day of the week and then broken down into further sections by time; just like the previous books.
What this book lacks overall is a really gripping plot. In previous books Janie has always had a life or death mystery to solve, something scary and mysterious. This book wasn't like that. Most of the book centers around Janie's struggle to decide if she will leave Caleb and isolate herself, as well as how Janie struggles with her alcoholic mother. There is some mystery around her dad's past that she works to resolve, and while this part of the book is interesting, it isn't as engaging as the previous books were.
Janie seemed more whiny in this book to me. She spends a lot of time whining about how much her life sucks; which is does suck, but it could be worse. She also spends a lot of time not communicating with anyone around her and this makes everything worse for her. I thought this book made Janie come off as a bit more dense than previous books.
This book is, again, very short...took maybe an hour and a half to read. I was disappointed that it dealt with so little and had been hoping for another death-defying mystery for Janie to solve. As far as the ending itself it concludes the major plot points in a way that won't piss anyone off.
Overall it was an okay read. I expected something scarier and edgier, but it didn't deliver that. It delivers a somewhat engaging mystery and a conclusion to Janie's story. Will I read more books by McMann? Probably not. The premise for this series was creative but I didn't enjoy her writing style a ton and the books are very short for what you pay for.
This book is nothing like the first two. If you're looking for Janie to get back into the solving crimes business, nope, not here. No police activity here at all. It's all about family drama. The book was very lacking story line wise. It was more like watching a soap opera that was trying to drag itself out as long as it could with only a few people left to say their lines. The end was meh. I wasn't amazed with it and it again was like a dragged out soap opera as well. Highly disappointed in this book. It should have been sent back to the author and totally redone. Not how I wanted to see this series end at all, on a very dull note.
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I know I read this a while after it was published, but honestly I didn't want the series to end. Boy the wait wasn't worth it. It hurts me to have to say that, but it is true.
The last two books were amazing and I loved them. I expected the final book to be incredible! But it fell short for me. I am not sure what it was about it, it just didn't have the same luster the others did. I was glad that some questions were answered about Janie and her mom and dad, that really cleared some things up. But Cabel was hardly in the book and that sucked. I guess it is never good when a series you like is over, but I just wished it would have been better. 3 out of 5 stars.