Author: Lisa McMann
Published: Simon Pulse | Oct 8, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, YA
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Jules should be happy. She saved a lot of people’s lives and she’s finally with Sawyer, pretty much the guy of her dreams. But the nightmare’s not over, because she somehow managed to pass the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer. Excellent.Review:
Feeling responsible for what he’s going through and knowing that people’s lives are at stake, Jules is determined to help him figure it all out. But Sawyer’s vision is so awful he can barely describe it, much less make sense of it. All he can tell her is there’s a gun, and eleven ear-splitting shots. Bang.
Jules and Sawyer have to work out the details fast, because the visions are getting worse and that means only one thing: time is running out. But every clue they see takes them down the wrong path. If they can’t prevent the vision from happening, lives will be lost. And they may be among the casualties…
I hate to say it, but Bang was basically a rinse and repeat of Crash and provided nothing new in terms of vision explanations and family drama resolution. It wasn't disappointing by any means, but it wasn't satisfying either; at the end of the day, I was glad to be done and over with Bang. Was it better than Crash? No. What it worth the read? Kind of. Sort of. Sure. Will I continue the series? Not really, because I feel like it would be the same story with different character.
Bang started off right where Crash ended. Sawyer is having a gruesome vision of a school shooting and initially he doesn't want anything to do with it (just like Jules!), but as the vision gets more consistent, Sawyer is left with nothing but to take action against it. Honestly, I didn't care for the vision/saving the world part because I've read it before and all the excitement was burned out in Crash, but the thing I was very interested in was Sawyer and Jules' relationship. Also, anything with Trey! Ah, that boy! Trey makes even the dullest scene brighter with his awesome and "full of life" personality! He is possibly the best brother I've read in any YA. Coming back to the romance, Jules and Sawyer made such an improvement in Bang, I was so impressed with the level of trust they had in-spite of all the negativity from their families, but most importantly, I admired the genuine and pure love they had for each other. It's not something that's seen regularly in teenagers, and that alone made their relationship so special and beautiful.
Coming back to the family dynamics in Bang, I was particularly upset upon learning that there was no development between The Demarco and The Angotti family. Besides some scenes including Jules' parents, the families weren't even a major part of the story. And that's sad because one of the secondary storyline is regarding Rowan (Jules younger sister) and her ridiculous, nonsensical plan to meet her boyfriend. Just an FYI on that, I would never in a million years allow my sister to do that, let alone support her. What was Jules thinking!?! All in all, Bang wasn't a very memorable read; even though I enjoyed some parts and loved some of the characters, I don't think it made me want to stick with the series. After Bang, I'm done with Visions series by Lisa McMann. There is another book named Gasp coming out next year with a female on the cover and I have no clue who the narrator is going to be. I was really pinning for Trey, but I guess it doesn't matter now.
PS: The dog phrases were still there, but surprising it didn't bother me that much. Though there was this new addiction of "dot com" jokes and they went over my head. Either I'm really stupid or those jokes were too lame.