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Gasp by Lisa McMann {4.5 Stars}

Gasp by Lisa McMann is the concluding book of the Visions trilogy and continues the tradition of edge-of-your-seat action with lots of awesome banter and cuteness thrown in to lighten the mood. If you haven’t read Crash or Bang yet, I really recommend you check out those reviews and read the books instead, since there will be major spoilers (the fun is finding out how the vision is going to play out after all!). Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me just warn you that there will be fangirling and I read this book in literally one four-hour sitting. Gasp was everything I hoped it would be and still managed to surprise me despite all my speculating up until release day, ha.

Note: I purchased Gasp because I couldn’t resist. Buuuuuuuuuyyyyy iiiiiiiit!

Gasp by Lisa McMann {4.5 Stars}

Gasp by Lisa McMann (Visions #3)
Published by Simon Pulse on June 3rd, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Thriller, YA
Page Length: 256 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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After narrowly surviving two harrowing tragedies, Jules now fully understands the importance of the visions that she and people around her are experiencing. She’s convinced that if the visions passed from her to Sawyer after she saved him, then they must now have passed from Sawyer to one of the people he saved.

That means it’s up to Jules to figure out which of the school shooting survivors is now suffering from visions of another crisis. And once she realizes who it is, she has to convince that survivor that this isn't all crazy—that the images are of something real. Something imminent.

As the danger escalates more than ever before in the conclusion to the Visions series, Jules wonders if she'll finally find out why and how this is happening—before it's too late to prevent disaster.

4.5 Stars

Strengths:

  • One of the really fun parts of the Visions trilogy is trying to figure out what the vision means along with the characters. I had thought I knew how the plot would progress because I’ve done this twice before, but I was still surprised! McMann refuses to stick to a formula, so don’t worry at all that you’ll be bored ;-).
  • I absolutely adore the characters of Gasp. Trey is just wonderful, both because he is a great gay character, a great brother, and a great person. Jules’ relationship with him and her parents goes through a lot of twists in Gasp, but they become so much stronger for it. Jules’ relationship with Sawyer is absolutely adorable and it is so refreshing that no extra tension had to be added through a love triangle or any of that nonsense, hehe.
  • I’ve mentioned how much I love Trey right? While kudos to McMann for putting a gay relationship in her mainstream YA book and not shying away from boys kissing and acting like a normal couple. I can’t really express my happiness with this aspect of the Visions trilogy.
  • The feelings that you will experience while reading Gasp include: terror, shock, utter joy, pain but in a good way. All the feels!
  • While the visions can’t really ever be fully explained since that would ruin the effect (in my opinion), we do get some answers finally of how Jules got the first one!
  • Gasp nicely brings in a very realistic interaction between characters as Jules tries to find out who has a vision now and how to get them to believe it’s real. No spoilers of course, but I completely believed the difficulty Jules went through there.

Weaknesses:

  • So Bang (book two) absolutely destroyed my feelings and I was left a sobbing wreck in a good way. Therefore, it is kind of understandable that Gasp just couldn’t elicit quite the same level of emotion and I only sniffled a few times (mostly happy sniffles about love actually >.>).
  • The epilogue of Gasp is definitely necessary, but pretty packed, to the point that I would have preferred some of that content in the book proper or in a sequel.
  • I was really excited about a person of color being on the cover of Gasp, implying she would be a main character. Unfortunately, she doesn’t actually show up very often for various reasons (that are understandable in context), so I was a bit disappointed on that front.

Summary:

Gasp by Lisa McMann is a strong conclusion to the Visions trilogy and if you’ve liked the first two, you definitely don’t want to miss out! I’m honestly pretty sad that the trilogy is over (spin-off please please please??), but I am quite convinced I need to read everything else McMann has written. If you’re looking for a book with fast-pacing, awesome characters, and an intriguing mystery, this is the trilogy for you!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Gasp by Lisa McMann

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Comments

  1. See, that was going to be my question. Reading about POC (read: Black people) in sci-fi/fantasy is rare. And it’s even more rare to see one on the front cover. So when I first saw it, I was like oooooooo! But I was worried that it being the last book in an already ongoing storyline, she wouldn’t play as big a role as the cover would lead us to believe. And I’m assuming by the name “Trey”, he is also a POC?

    I’m kinda torn. On one hand, I still wanna read it. But…eh?

    • Yeah, I was a little disappointed there, but to be fair, there is a very good reason why she can’t be as active a participant. Trey is of Italian heritage actually, the MC’s brother and she is the one on the first book’s cover.

      Omg read these books! They are so awesome for character dynamics and sibling love and really addicting.

  2. And I’m reminded once again of how easy it is to miss/forget about books if you don’t grab them when they first release. I remember thinking “Crash” sounded good, and then it just…fell into limbo. I will make sure it’s on my TBR list this time! Thanks for the series suggestion. :)
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    • Haha, so true. So with Crash, the romance is pretty heavy, but the next two don’t have that issue as much since things are all sorted out by then ;-)

  3. Ahh yes you gave me book two last year (still sitting unread LOL) I just have this oddball thing about reading books out of order or skipping the first one.

    That’s the thing is dude it IS normal so why not put it in there. Glad to see there’s diversity here.
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  4. I’ve never read any of the books in this trilogy, but I HAVE read all the synopses…just because. And I sort of feel like I know what happens in every book now and I don’t want to go out and have to buy them. I skimmed your review to avoid spoilers but I wonder if it really matters. Do you think Crash is worth it still?
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    • Oo, sorry it took me so long, but I did research to answer you properly :D One of the awesome things about this series is that you have a pretty good idea of what the accident will be, but figuring out the details is what the characters have to do. The real draw, though, is the character interactions and the awesomeness of them, so I think it is definitely still worth reading them :)

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