My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I waited quite some time before reading the last entry in Lisa McMann’s Dream Catcher series. Truth be told, I wasn’t that fond of the first book “Wake” – if only for the sparse writing in that one – but I really enjoyed the second book “Fade” because of its brisk pacing and ability to keep me engaged with both the storyline and the characters. I actually really liked the relationship between Cabe and Janie in the second book, and thought the writing improved upon the first book in a wonderful way.
I did not expect “Gone” to drop the ball so hard coming off from that. What the heck happened here? I keep asking myself that question even as this book was a fairly quick read (4 hours or so by audiobook), it felt so long, drawn out, and uneventful. That’s not to say that I couldn’t have been taken in by the story’s premise, because this book focuses on the father that Janie never knew and some revelations that came across with that and her respective ability. Yet, the story itself had a lot of inconsistencies. Janie has much less fight in this book and laments over her fate and ability far more than she did in the previous book (probably even more so than she did in “Wake”, and it’s not as understandable this time around). Cabe seems unlike his constructed character (more callous actually), Janie’s mother is hard to identify with (even when her character is considered to be unlikable), among other factors. I just didn’t delve into any of the respective character’s plights in this book, so it was hard to care for them or ultimately what happens to them as the book moves forward.
As well, the conflict feels so hollow that there’s nothing to latch onto. I didn’t feel a sense of danger, urgency, or desperation in this book, not like the last, and the romantic angles just aren’t portrayed with as much intimacy in this book at all. By the end, I was ready to be done with it, and the way it jumps off leaves so many open holes that I just couldn’t get behind the story at all.
I don’t know. I think in retrospect, this series was a bit all over the place for me, though I really enjoyed the second book. At the very least I would re-read “Fade”, but the conclusion in “Gone” left a bad taste in my mouth with how unfinished and unsatisfying it came across.
Overall score: 1.5/5