A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A Ku Klux Klan meeting is briefly depicted. The meeting is broken up by outraged townspeople who oppose the Klan. While invisible, the main character spies on people and commits a murder, then vows never to use his powers again.
Violence & Scariness
Portrays bullies beating up boys, a street riot, mayhem, and several graphically described murders.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Forthrightly portrays the sexual fantasies of a young teenage boy, a scene of prostitution involving a 13-year-old girl, and a scene of incest between a twin brother and sister, all filling the main character with horror and guilt.
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Frequent and extreme, though almost always used by villains or unsavory characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in this story focuses on an otherwise good boy who succumbs to temptation, spies on people, and even commits murder but reforms. It also includes a vivid portrayal of Depression-era working conditions. Too long for reluctant readers, this is nonetheless a fascinating horror and morality story, with sensitive character portrayals punctuated by increasingly intense action.
Is It Any Good?
FADE offers a subject that intrigues teenagers, who can read it as a simple, dark suspense novel if they wish; however, as is usual with Cormier's books, much more lies below the surface. What child hasn't dreamed of becoming invisible? Robert Cormier explores its consequences in this cautionary tale of a good boy who succumbs to temptation, then repents.
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