Gone (Dream Catcher #3)

19 Apr
Gone  (Dream Catcher, #3)
Gone (Dream Catcher #3)
by Lisa McMann
Rating: 5/5 stars
The conclusion of the paranormal teen series, Wake. Janie is spending her summer with Cabel, but deep down she’s panicking about how she’s going to survive her future when getting sucked into other people’s dreams starts to take its toll.
This was a great way to end the trilogy. The vibe is somewhat different than the Wake Dream Catcher 1 and Fade Dream Catcher 2 where it was more minor-character heavy with the dreamcatching. It’s more downplayed in this more intimate installment as it focuses on the people closest to Janie. I’m glad Lisa McMann delves more into Janie’s struggling relationship with her mom; her mom wasn’t just there as a background character. What’s revealed in GONE is subtly hinted in WAKE.
I found Janie’s mom a little endearing and more humanized here cuz we get her backstory. I’m also glad that Janie works enough courage to stand-up to her mom’s put-downs. I also found their relationship very real, esp. where they stand by the end of the book. You can tell they’re a bit closer, they’re still struggling but it’s nothing immediate. As for Janie and Cabe‘s relationship, it picks up where FADE left off. Lisa further explores Cabe’s insecurities about his future with Janie.
You can tell, even feel, how scared he is not matter how much he loves Janie. At the same time, Janie is struggling to not think she might become a burden to him, but his recent dreams are enough to convince her to disappear. But for them, it’s the unconditional love they have for one another that has gotten them through a lot of the bad stuff. I found Janie’s connection to the stranger, Henry Feingold, as endearing as her relationship with her mother. His story is sad, disturbing, interesting, and endearing all at once. Him and Janie’s interactions are just as intense. I can’t even tell you how overwhelming it was. Overwhelming, in a good way. I agree with what Lisa decided to do with his character, I think he served his purpose.
In the end, I think Janie’s decision was right in her circumstance/Morton’s Fork, which I think Lisa did a good job of explaining. It takes a while to understand but she gets her point across. It reminds us that it’s important to take the present one day at a time sometimes and try and prepare for whatever the future holds.
That’s where I feel Janie has the upperhand in comparison to Mrs. Stubin and Henry. Even I felt as conflicted as her throughout this one. I don’t think I would’ve had the courage to make a decision. Another thing I found awesome was how hard it can be to love someone unconditionally cuz you’re scared of how they might react. There’s Janie and her parents, Janie and Cabel, and Carrie (Janie’s BFF) and Stu. Each character chose their Morton’s Fork and it made for a bittersweet yet satisfying ending.

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