Series: Fallen World #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on January 24th 2012
It starts with an itch you just can't shake. Then comes a fever and a tickle in your throat. A few days later, you'll be blabbing your secrets and chatting with strangers like they’re old friends. Three more, and the paranoid hallucinations kick in.
And then you're dead.
When a deadly virus begins to sweep through sixteen-year-old Kaelyn’s community, the government quarantines her island—no one can leave, and no one can come back.
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. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest.
Because how will she go on if there isn't?
Not dystopian. Not post-apocalyptic. The Way We Fall tackles something completely different…viruses! I was so excited about the potential with this one. In the back of my mind, I am already foreseeing that if this book does well, then we will probably see a slew of virus outbreak novels in the future.
The Way We Fall is an often dark account of the spread of a deadly virus on a small Canadian island. The story opens with Kaelyn reaching out to a friend that she has not seen in years through her journal, something she hopes that she can one day give to him. Although, the two ended on bad terms, Kaelyn is determined to one day see Leo again and right the friendship. The The Way We Fall starts a little slow as Crewe introduces Kaelyn, the Island, Leo, Kaelyn's family, and a few other minor characters. But quickly gathers speed as the virus introduces itself and turns everything upside down.
When I first started reading, I was originally reminded of Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Both tales are told through journal format, but the tales differ drastically in the urgency level. The Way We Fall never reached the hightened, fear level that I thought it would. At first, I was a little disappointed by this. I wanted chaos… destruction… fear. As the tale progressed, Crewe began to include these elements piece by piece but, again, it never reached that limit to where I felt like the world that our MC lived in had gone to hell.
As for our characters, they made this book. Kaelyn was a nice combination of a little this and a little that. Plenty of bravery without seeming unscathable. Then there is the mysterious Leo. I just don't know what to think about him. Crewe eventually gives his character a backstory, but it is not until the later half of the book, so for about the first half of the book, I felt pretty lost.
The Way We Fall poses some realistic scenarios for a virus outbreak. I will admit that I was a bit disappointed at times that the book did not as dark as I thought it could. However, it was refreshing to find a book of this caliber not being completely doom and gloom.
I enjoyed Megan Crewe's first book and was excited to see that this one tackled a virus going out of control on an island.
The voice of Kaelyn rings out strong straight from the beginning. She's missing her best friend, whom she didn't have a chance to mend their friendship before he left the island. Kaelyn is now back to stay on the island for a while. The Way We Fall is written as a journal from Kaelyn to Leo, her best friend and maybe something more if she had fixed things between them.
When the virus starts to break free, it starts with her friend's father, and spirals to those she loves and knows. The government puts the island under quarantine, but eventually abandons them and small bursts of chaos ensue. People cannot leave the island or they may be shot. Food packages and medicine stop being delivered. It's the type of story that happens before an apocalypse and it definitely has you thinking – this could really happen.
Crewe paints a realistic world where something like this could happen. A disease that kills and kills and progresses in a way to spread more quickly. There's some romance and relationship building to lead you into what seems will be a compelling series that will keep you reading onto the next book.
Definitely a series I will be reading on. I've become quite attached to the characters left and would like to meet this Leo that Kaelyn can't seem to give up on.