Series: Fallen World #2
Published by Disney Hyperion on February 12th 2013
First, the virus took Kaelyn’s friends. Then, her family. Now it’s taken away her home.
But she can't look back—the life she once had is gone forever.
A deadly virus has destroyed Kaelyn’s small island community and spread beyond the quarantine. No one is safe. But when Kaelyn finds samples of a vaccine in her father's abandoned lab, she knows there must be someone, somewhere, who can replicate it. As Kaelyn and her friends head to the mainland, they encounter a world beyond recognition. It’s not only the “friendly flu” that’s a killer—there are people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the vaccine. How much will Kaelyn risk for an unproven cure, when the search could either destroy those she loves or save the human race?
Megan Crewe's second volume in the Fallen World trilogy is an action-packed journey that explores the resilience of friendship, the ache of lost love, and Kaelyn’s enduring hope in the face of the sacrifices she must make to stay alive.
Review: The Way We Fall
Really having enjoyed the first in this series, I was eager to pick up The Lives We Lost. Kaelyn has to make a choice of leaving the island she feels safe on so that she can bring the vaccine her father created to someone who can replicate it. At first, she is just going to journey with her boyfriend Gav, but an attack on the island leaves her friends no choice but to come along to the mainland. Together they must find a way to survive with the help of Tobias, the soldier who warned them of the attack and find a way to a large city to find help for the vaccine.
I really enjoyed the way Kaelyn grows in this book and the new characters that we meet really bring something new to the group. I like that they all have personal interests and talents that help them in their journey and make them characters that are easy to relate to. I like that Kaelyn stays true to Gav, even with Leo back, pushing her feelings for him from the past to the back of her mind. She's a strong heroine who doesn't lose sight of what is important to her, while still being able to make decisions that will help the group survive.
The plot starts off slow at first, and then things pick up once they leave the island. I'm not sure what the last book will bring, but there was some nice twists and added characters that will make the next book interesting. I felt like Crewe did a great job of balancing the action with the character interactions and look forward to see what will happen in the last book.
Final Verdict: A solid middle book in a series that I am really enjoying so far. The Fallen World trilogy is a series that really delves into human nature and what happens when the world falls apart.