Fade by Lisa McMann
(Simon Pulse, Hardcover, 2009)
Janie's ability to slip into other people's dreams continues but she finally has a name for her "talent" - dream catcher. Along with a name, Janie also has a job with the local police department. She and her boyfriend Caleb are undercover agents at Fieldridge High. Their new assignment is to catch a sexual predator posing as a teacher. Janie isn't safe from the predator or from her dream catching.
I devoured the first novel in this series, Wake, and Fade was no exception. Again, the present tense storytelling really caught my attention. Janie's story is so much more immediate in the present tense. This book is obviously a little darker than the first book since it focuses on a sexual predator. Heightening that darkness and urgency is a series of diaries written by Martha Stubin, Janie's dream catcher teacher. The diaries reveal more about Janie's abilities and the fate that awaits her. This was definitely a haunting novel and it sets the scene perfectly for Book 3, without leaving too much of a cliffhanger. Cabel's character continued to thrill me. He's just so dark and tortured - I really hope that Book 3 explores his character a little more. Also, I just can't help but hope that Janie's abilities prove to be stronger than Martha Stubin's.