That was too many exclamation points. But I'm keeping them, as it seems like the "[word]!" formation seems like the most appropriate way to describe this book.
What a great read! I read it on my third day of the flu, which, as I think back, wasn't the most amazing decision I've ever made. But I like to think it added something to the experience.
This is a truly great story. The diary format of the narrative allows the reader to perceive the world through an interesting point of view, one filled with abrupt stops and chaotic, messy entries, which only added to the atmosphere of the story. It also gives a very clear image of the main character, Kaelyn, without ever having a paragraph of her describing herself. She is defined by her careful observations of the world, and the way she transcribes them, leaving her mark the only way she knows how. The Way We Fall doesn't present its main character as heroism incarnate, but as a scared teenager trying the best she can to survive, and more than that, save the people who surround her from something over which she has no control. The various dynamics aren't fully fleshed out but still have a very good start (low-key romance that shows two people supporting each other through and through!! that was really nice) (low-key supporting characters and dynamics are really important seeing as, you know, everybody's dying), and the books fiddles with the idea of the cost of survival, celebrating the average people who don't go hunting dragons, but still try their best to just hang on, even when the world is crumbling before their eyes.
While a little slow at times, and somehow repetitive, it's a very good start to a series I will most definitely read, and a nice depiction of the epidemic trope, which isn't as present today in YA fiction as say, dystopia.
(I also feel the need to mention the cover of the hardback edition, which is oh-so-very-pretty, just in case someone reading this is as shallow as I am, and as easily distracted by shiny things.)
The furrets are also cool. Read it!*
* if you want. i'm not the boss of you.show more
by Ambre L.G.