Thursday, August 5, 2010

Review: Gone by Lisa McMann

Title: Gone
Series: Dream Catcher Series
Book #: Three
Author: Lisa McMann
Source: Bought
Published: 2010


Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she’d made her peace with it. But she can’t handle dragging Cabel down with her.

She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He’s amazing. And she’s a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves: She has to disappear. And it’s going to kill them both.

Then a stranger enters her life — and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she’d ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out.... (taken from

Amber's thoughts:
Once again, McMann has captured my heart. Her raw, clipped tone and poignant storytelling took me on another emotional roller-coaster. I loved the first and second books in this series, and the third didn't disappoint. 

I've never encountered a writing style quite like McMann's before. It's as though I'm looking into Janie's thoughts and living inside of her head instead of simply reading her story. The writing is sporadic and emotional. I wasn't just reading about Janie- I was Janie. This unique style really brought the story to life for me. 

Can I just say how much I love Cabel? He is the most amazing, supportive boyfriend ever. His relationship with Janie is so honest and realistic. Janie and Cabel were both incredible characters. Well-developed and believable, they were my favorite part of the novel. I gave this book five stars because I fell in love with these two characters. 

The plot was original and captivating. I hadn't ever read a series with a story like this. To be stuck in someone else's dream? To be cursed with something so painful and life-changing? It's something I'd never thought about before. I really appreciate McMann's creative, dark plot. 

In Gone, Janie is forced to make some extremely tough choices. My heart ached for her, yet I admired her strength. From the first page and onwards, I was captivated by the story and characters. If you loved the first books, I think you'll love this one. If you haven't read the first ones, then read them!


Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

This sounds amazing. It's been on my TBR pile, but I never seem to get around to it...maybe I really should push it to the forefront :) Great review!

Marce said...

As a whole this series got a 5 for me but I didn't enjoy Gone as much as the others.

I actually didn't think the author was ready to let them go.

Great great series though, in my top 10 of the year so far.

Unknown said...

This sounds like a good read with great characters and the very intriguing idea of being stuck in another person's dream. I've yet to read a book with such a plot.

sarah darlington said...

I loved loved loved the first 2 books. But I'm so scared to read this one. I know that the end has this huge possibility to be heartbreaking and I feel like Lisa McMann is the type of author who won't always write flowers and rainbows. I'm scared. I'm glad to see you liked it though...I'll read Gone one of these days.