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on 5 October 2000
I first read this book nine years ago, at the tender age of 11 or 12, and was deeply impressed by the power of the book's subject. Robert Cormier is well known for not flinching away from tough subjects in his teenage fiction, and this is no exception. Whether taken as a literal sci-fi/ horror story, or as a metaphor for adolescent feelings of "invisibility" leading to horrific consequences, this book cannot fail to grip the reader. The sexual content could be seen as somewhat gratuitous, but I think it is well handled and serves to create the atmosphere of the slightly sordid and dysfunctional world which created the "monsters" of the central character and his nephew. I would certainly recommend this for the mature teenage reader, as well as adults.
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on 20 January 2001
Paul is a typical 13 year old boy until one day he finds out that he has inherited a 'gift' off his uncle. Paul is able to go into the fade as it is know. At first he thinks its great fun until he discovers some disturbing things about people he knows. Soon thing start to become strange and Paul promisies never too use it agian.
Things are fine until some years later he realises he has to pass on this 'gift' to one of his nephews. He start to get the feeling that it is the time for him to guide the one with the gift but things are not that simple. Paul knows the 'gift' is not with ant of his nephews. Then one day when his favourite sister comes to stay for a while after some problems she confesses that she had a son when she was younger. The only problem is he is being looked after by nuns in maine.
in maine his nephew finds out about his about the fade and start going crazy with by breaking into shops and he eventually kills a man who was his foster father who used to hit him. When Paul arives in town and starts asking the locals about his nephew. His nephew becomes suspicious and get even angrier.
When paul finally meets his nephew he sees that even though he is only young he is doing too much damage. The fade start feeding on the young boys anger and voices start controlling him against his will. Paul trys to stop the fade controlling his nephew but it doesnt work.
Years later a manuscriped is found by Paul writing agent. A distant realative visits this agent looking for work. When reading through the manuscript she doest know whether it is true or not. Will some misterious photos help her understand what was going on and if it was real or not?
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Cormier has a talent for getting inside his characters heads and finding out what makes them tick. It is writen superbly and i woul recommended it too anyone over 12. This book will change the way you read books.
I managed to get my friend reading by starting her of with this book. If you have never read any of Comiers work you should start with this. he is a powerful writer who writes about strange and fasinating things. A MUST READ!!!
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on 1 June 2011
Starts out intriguingly, being the coming of age story of a boy who, as puberty strikes, suddenly has spells of becoming invisible (first without realising), as well as the story of a mystery, and a period piece about the Great Depression in an industrial town (and trade unions)...

Then the novel becomes all postmodern, and it becomes a novel about writers, writing, creative writing classes and students, agents, and the process. Then it's back into the story of fading...

It's a fast read, possibly for young adults. It's never boring. For me, the mixture did not really satisfy entirely, but it's a decent postmodern self-conscious scifi romp...
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on 16 June 2008
This is the 1st Robert Cormier book I've read, and i'll certainly be reading more because I enjoyed Fade so much - I can't stop thinking about it.
It's a sad, dark story and beautifully written.
It begins with 13 yr old Paul who discovers he can become invisible. Paul struggles with this new power, the possibilities it gives him and the dangerous path it leads him down. In the second half of the book, adult Paul tracks down his nephew, the new fader. At this point the story becomes very disturbing and violent.
I think this is a very adult book, despite it being in the teenage fiction range. Don't expect 'The Invisible Man', the tone is sullen and dreamy and it deals with subjects much deeper than having a 'super power'. I think it's a powerful, haunting read and would highly recommend it.
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on 23 March 2001
I think this book was very good, it blends together a number of different genres including,drama,supernatural and a few others.I would recomend this to a friend
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