This was the first non-fantasy book series I've read and it surpassed my expectation by a HUGE margin. I was not expecting it to be so good. The writing is different then what I'm used to but didn't take me long to settle into a rhythm. From the begging of Wake you can feel the emotional tension between Janie and Cabel..aaahhh how I love him. He's not perfect but neither is Janie. FADE raises the emotional level so much hire than WAKE I can't imagine what lies ahead for me in GONE (release date 2/2009). This series will leave you with your heart racing.