Book Review: The Way We Fall

Title/Author:  The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
(Fallen World #1)

Genre:  Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Deadly Diseases

Published:  January 24th, 2012 by Disney-Hyperion

Hardcover, 309 pages.

How I Got The Book:  Anxiously awaited my pre-hold to be filled at the library.  Got it first!  =)

Why I Picked It Up:  For reasons unknown, I have always had the strange fascination with movies and television episodes dealing with killer viruses.  And here it is in YA form.  So I quickly added it to my list.

Book Jacket Blurb:  “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 sixteen-year-old Kaelyn lets her best friend leave for school without saying good-bye, she never dreams that she might not see him again.  But then a strange virus begins to sweep through her small island community, infecting young and old alike.  As the dead pile up, the government quarantines the island:  no one can leave, and no one can come back.

Those still healthy must fight for the island’s 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 the people she holds dearest, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save those she loves.

Because how will she go on if there isn’t?

Poignant and dizzying, The Way We Fall is the heart-wrenching story of one girl’s bravery and unbeatable spirit as she challenges not just her fears, but her sense of what makes life worth living.”

My Review of the Work:

Because of all of my love for all things killer virus, I was really excited to get my hands on this book!  This is my first real experience with YA post-apocalyptic, and I am excited to report that I enjoyed this book!  Killer virus for the win!

Despite how much I enjoyed this novel, I am finding it hard to write about.  I am warning you now, this will probably not be as in-depth of a review as I normally try and give.  But mostly because I don’t want to tell you much more than what the book jacket already says.  For this kind of novel, I feel that the less you know about the book, the more you will enjoy it.  So I will let the book jacket blurb speak for itself in terms of story development.

I will, however, talk to you about Kaelyn, the protagonist.  As this novel is told through letters to her friend Leo, we witness everything from her perspective as she is writing down everything that is going on around her.  Kaelyn is a quirky girl–she loves observing animal behavior and is not the most social person in the world (definitely an introvert).  Yet I found myself easily connecting with her.  She is a character whose strength comes from her ability to care for the people around her, and she is rational and quick to help when the situation calls.  Throughout this story she struggles with her own identity, but it is not in a “Oh My Gosh can she please shut up!” kind of way, but more of the “I can understand why she is feeling this way and it doesn’t distract from the story at hand” kind of way.

I love the fact that this novel is written in epistolary form.  It allows such a scary situation to really become personal rather than factual or scientific.  A deadly unknown virus is scary and painful and devastating, and through the eyes of Kaelyn we are able to feel the devastation this island goes through because of this unstoppable virus.

If you are looking for a well-developed post-apocalyptic scenario story, then pick this book up.  I think you will enjoy it and be pleasantly surprised at the power of the story.

My Bookshelf Rating:

A Middle Shelf Book!

This post-apocalyptic series opener is a solid 3.5 rating.  I really enjoyed this book a lot!  It has everything you need:  a killer virus, the suspense of the unknown, the journal format, a strong female lead, a little bit of romance, and a call to action against the government!  In my opinion, it is a very likeable book, but I can see it going either way for readers.

Love and Nuttybars,


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