Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Series Pick: Gasp

Gasp
Visions, Book 3
by Lisa McMann
Simon Pulse
2014
273 pages
ISBN: 9781442466302

Exhilarating, exciting, enticing and inviting, Gasp wraps up one of the most innovative and creative trilogies of recent years.

Jules and Sawyer have finally  lost their visions but they worry that their "gift" may have been passed on to someone they touched that terrible day. The two were able to save themselves and others, but now they need to find out who, if anyone, has been seeing terrifying visions of death and destruction and help that person sort out the  mystery in time to stop the visions from coming true.

Jules goes into detective mode enlisting Sawyer and Trey to help her question those who were unlucky enough to have been in the room at the time of the shooting. They start a "support group" for the students hoping that someone will mention that he or she  keeps seeing visions.

Jules' family is facing a crisis; their restaurant burns down and their home with it. Now they are forced to stay with relatives and are faced with homelessness. Sawyer supports Jules through her hard time, and girls will find him swoon-worthy and noble. Although Sawyer rarely drives the plot, he is the best thing about the Visions series. Every girl will want a boyfriend like Sawyer and every guy will want him for a friend.

When they get answers about  who has the visions, they realize that they have to stop a huge catastrophe. Thinking that they know where it is likely to take place leads them in the wrong direction, and unless someone can figure the location out--and fast--many will die.

Problems brewing in Jules' family are finally addressed in book 3, and characters accept their own faults and move on. Jules and Sawyer emerge unscathed and stronger in their love and devotion to each other.

Gasp wraps up the trilogy nicely. Fans of this series will not be disappointed. Lisa McMann continues to deliver what teen readers want. She has a knack for dialog and interesting characters. Jules sweet relationship with her siblings and her affection for her mother and brother make her a person of empathy.

Recommended grade 9-up. Some profanity. Some mature situations.

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