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''The Wake Trilogy'' is a series of young adult books by Lisa [=McMann=]. The three books in the series are ''Wake'', ''Fade'', and ''Gone''.

Janie Hannagan is a dream-catcher. She can enter people's dreams as they sleep--and not by choice. Whenever someone near her is asleep, she's sucked in. And she's seen lots of dreams in her lifetime.

One day, however, she enters a nightmare. Working with Cabel, a boy with nightmares of his own, and the police, she attempts to find the cause of sinister happenings around her town. Janie feels happy to help people. But things can't always go as planned, and dream-catching comes with a terrible price...

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!!These books contain examples of:
* AlphaBitch: Melinda.
* AnachronicOrder: The first book.
* BasedOnADream: The author based the series on a dream she had of entering her husband's dreams.
* BigEater: Janie is forced to be one as dream-hopping takes its toll on her caloric intake.
* BitheWay: [[spoiler: 13 year old Melinda]] in the first book.
* BittersweetEnding: Janie [[spoiler: gets her mother to an Al-Anon meeting, reconciled with her father, and chooses to be with Cabel and her friends and family...but she'll still go blind and have crippled hands.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Dream-catchers' powers activate automatically when in the presence of someone who's asleep, [[spoiler: reduces their caloric intake, destroys the functionality of their hands at around 35 years old, and renders them blind before age 30]]. Because of this it is recommended they do not drive.
* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler: Mrs. Stubin leaves Janie after she learns what she has to know]].
* CastFromHitPoints: Dream-hopping takes a toll on Janie's strength, burning up her calories and energy.
* CoolOldLady: Mrs. Stubin, [[spoiler: even post-mortem]].
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: [[spoiler: For one thing, Janie's father didn't know her mother was pregnant. And second, he was a dream-catcher too.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Cabel's.
* DeadPersonConversation: Dream-catchers can do this.
* {{Diary}}: Chapters in ''Wake'' are written like diary entries.
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler:He appears in ''Gone''.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Captain of the police force is called just that.
* GenreShift: The third book has no villain, unlike the first two, and is more introspective and personal.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Janie worries for Cabel's happiness.
* InMediasRes
* InTheBlood: [[spoiler: Dream-catching is hereditary]].
* LonersAreFreaks
* TheMentor: Mrs. Stubin, [[spoiler: post-mortem]].
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead
* MySkullRunnethOver: [[spoiler: This happens to people who can dream-catch and don't]].
* NightmareSequence: Quite a few.
* PoliceAreUseless: Averted.
* PowerAtAPrice: And ''how''! Dream-catchers' powers [[spoiler: reduce their caloric intakes, destroy the functionality of their hands at around 35 years old, and render them blind before age 30.]]. And in the third book, it's revealed [[spoiler: if you ''don't'' use the power, it builds up and destroys your brain.]]
* PowerIncontinence
* SadisticChoice: Janie's situation in the third book, between [[spoiler: blindness and crippled hands and total isolation until it literally destroys her brain]].
** [[spoiler: Mrs. Stubin and her father]] both took one of the paths. It didn't end well for either of them.
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler: Subverted. Janie can't]].
* TalkingInYourDreams
* UndercoverCopReveal: [[spoiler: Cabel]].
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