[[caption-width-right:180:The more recent cover art.]]

''Fade'' is a novel written by Franco-American horror novelist [[http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Cormier Robert Cormier]], and was published in 1988. It tells the story of Paul Moreaux, a teenager in 1938 who has recently discovered he has the power to turn invisible at will, a power he calls "The Fade". Despite the cautions of his uncle Adélard, also a Fader, Paul puts his power to use eavesdropping. This power ends up bringing more [[BlessedWithSuck trouble]] than he bargained for, as he witnesses [[AwfulTruth horrible truth after horrible truth.]]

!! This book provides examples of:

* BlackSheep: Adélard is considered the black sheep by his siblings.
* CoolUncle: Paul sees Adélard this way
* CynicismCatalyst: Adélard's current way of life as a wanderer started immediately after his brother Vincent's death.
* DidntSeeThatComing: Paul witnesses several shocking things while using the Fade for banal reasons.
* IncestIsRelative: Presented as a recurring theme in various incarnations, notably with Paul's crush on his Aunt Rosanna.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: As was the norm for most French Canadian families at the time, Paul has many siblings.
* PowerDegeneration: The Fade eats away at the Fader's life force.
* SexualExtortion: Paul is horrified to discover this has been going on thanks to the Fade.
* SuperPowerfulGenetics: The Fade is passed down from Uncle to nephew, with Paul inheriting it from Adélard.
* {{Twincest}}: Paul witnesses this while using the Fade to [[spoiler:watch a girl undress]].
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: For Ozzie, Paul's nephew who also inherited the Fade.