The Way We Fall (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Way We Fall When a deadly virus begins to sweep through 16-year-old Kaelyn's community, the government quarantines her island. Those still healthy must fight for dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak.
- Published: 24 January 2012
- Format: Hardback 309 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781423146162 ISBN 10: 1423146166
- Sales rank: 220,975
Reviews for The Way We Fall
Review from Blkosiner's Book Blog
I wasn't expecting The Way We Fall to be written in letter format, but surprisingly it didn't bother me. I usually am not one for prose, email or anything but narrative, but Kaelyn's voice and way of writing drew me right in, and I almost forgot she was writing to her friend.
Megan Crewe created a chilling situation with the virus. It is contagious, it has no known cure and it can kill, all this on an island. I didn't know how this could be fixed or how the main character and others would manage to survive and escape being infected, but I knew that I wanted them to figure it out and was on edge right with them through the scary stages of the illness and watching those they loved and cared about get sick.
I pulled for Kaelyn and really connected with her. The love she had for her family, and ultimate respect for her dad and trust that he could come up with an answer. The relationship with her brother and the protective instincts for her little cousin Meredith. As well as the unlikely friendship and connections that she makes while trying to help those on her island and those who are sick. I appreciated her wisdom in figuring out the things that are worth fighting for, and makes life worth living.
I liked the story, but there wasn't much of a conclusion. I wanted a few more answers, and I wanted to know more.
Bottom Line: A chilling, action packed scenario with a main character I cared for. by Brandi Kosiner
Great start to the series!
Kaelyn the main protagonist of the story lives on an island somewhere off mainland Canada. Having lived in Toronto as an outsider for many years Kaelyn tends to keep herself guarded from those around her. I wouldn't call her anti-social just cautious and set in her ways. The Way We Fall is written from a Journalistic viewpoint. Most of her entries are written to Leo a boy/best friend/former crush she watches leave at the beginning of the book. Throughout the book we learn she has had a previous falling out with him and possibly due to that overwhelming guilt this is why she has chosen to focus on him in her writing.
It starts with an Itch and a cough. The disease is an unknown Flu type strain. What happens when you can't leave but staying may result in your death? This is the premise of The Way We Fall. The Book is divided into three parts-Symptoms,Quarantine,Morality.
Symptoms covers the initial outbreak of the virus. That tickle in your throat, that scratch that won't go away. Guess what that means (at least in Megan Crewe's world) that your infected. Kaelyn has just started allowing herself to relax in her new surroundings when the whispers start to spread that something nasty is going around. Suddenly not only are people sick but they are worried. What if this isn't just some cold. What if it is much worse?
Quarantine covers what happens after the bodies start to drop. The Army moves in promising protection and safety but when fear and paranoia starts to take hold they fall back leaving the island alone and cut off. With infection spreading, panic setting in and supplies running low all Kaelyn and her family can do is wait but at what cost?
Morality covers what happens when you have nothing left to lose. Society as it once was has crumbled. With the majority of the population dead or dying and bands of looters roaming around with no lawmen to stop them. How do you hold onto hope that things can still get better.
I absolutely loved this book! I've always found Epidemics intriguing, there is something so terrifying about a virus or infection that can with a cough or a sneeze exterminate a large group of people.The Book is the first in a trilogy so the ending does cut off quite abruptly. This is a dark dystopian. Very little feel good moments in this book. You really do feel Kaelyns isolation and loneliness. We barely see the mainlands perspective except for a few brief conversations that occur through secondary characters and their loved ones. I feel this creatively adds to the Quarantine feeling.
I did have two small issues with the book. First Kaelyns father, He saw the danger firsthand and yet did nothing to prepare supplies for his family. If that was my family, at the first drop of serious sickness I would of bought stuff so that they at least were provided for. Yes, there is no guarantee that the stock pile would be safe from looters but they at least wouldn't have to scavenge for quite some time.
My second issue is just isolating loved ones in a bedroom. Heck no you wouldn't be sick and staying in the house. It might be cruel but outside is where you'd be staying even if it meant tethering you to a tree or locking you in a shed so you couldn't wander off infecting others. These are personal gripes not those directly aimed at the Author.
I am really looking forward to the rest in the series. I care about Kaelyn and want to see what happens if and when the quarantine is lifted. I am giving this book 5 ★★★★★. by Kristin Adams
Suspenseful and Mysterious
The first novel in the Fallen World trilogy is an excellent beginning to the story of a truly frightening possibility faced by our world today. When a small island is infected with a mysterious illness, one of the residents, Kaelyn, begins to fear for the safety of those she loves. Megan Crewe has created a scenario that is scary because it is a completely plausible threat. It is one thing to read about aliens attacking Earth, but quite another to read about a killer virus that could just be a mutant strain of something out in the world right this moment.
Megan has written a fantastic story. It is told through a series of journal entries to Kaelyn's friend, Leo, who has moved off the island. The journal entry format was used well to express the deep fears of Kaelyn, which are likely reflected in all of the residents. It also serves to make the story much more personal. With viruses it is so easy for the story to become about symptoms and statistics, but this format makes it about the people stuck in this situation and their families. It really helped me to connect with Kaelyn, as well, because it felt so honest.
I thought the characters overall were well fleshed out and mostly likeable. Even the characters that didn't play as big a role, like Kaelyn's dad, were very realistic. His concern and his frustration felt genuine. Megan does really well at using the little things to make her characters come alive. There was a little romance included as well, which added a great element but didn't interfere with the real purpose of the story. I also loved the mystery that surrounded some of the characters, like Kaelyn's brother, Drew. There were many different aspects to the story which were meshed together extremely well.
The way the illness was written was gripping and mysterious. I loved how little things were revealed bit by bit. I had so many questions about what was going on and they were answered one by one, keeping me constantly intrigued and in suspense. It was very well thought out! The reaction to the illness was also interesting - not only that of the islanders but also of the people on the mainland and the government. Conflicting views, misunderstandings, knee-jerk reactions... there was so much realism to the scenario which only accentuated how entirely possible this whole idea is.
In all, this was a really great novel. Well written, suspenseful, and mysterious. There was great atmosphere and tension, and the feeling of alienation that takes over was great. In the end, I was left with many unanswered questions that I can't wait to see solved in the sequel, The Lives We Lost.
4.5 stars! by Jessica Reid