[Review] The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

Friday, February 22, 2013

Title: The Way We Fall
Author: Megan Crewe
Series: Fallen World
Genre: Dystopian
Format: Hardcover, 309 Pages
Publication Date: January 24, 2012
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

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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 goodbye, 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 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?

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 Thoughts
I am a huge fan of dystopian novels, I think you can tell from the amount of that genre I actually read, But The Way We Fall was different and very surprising. I did not expect to open this book and watch as the world she created fell apart in front of my eyes. I am so used to reading about a collapsed world that already exists and hear the back-story about how it actually happened. But Megan chose to go a different route and show how everything happened, from beginning to end.

The book is written in journal form, which I found very interesting, especially since it was written as a long letter to her former friend Leo who moved away before everything happened. It made everything that much more personal, and made for a very interesting way of telling a story, because since we are seeing everything through Kaelyn's eyes, we tend to miss things along the way. And this actually helps with the mystery of the whole thing.

I loved that the story was so dark and bleak, because that is the way Kaelyn was feeling most of the time, and I loved Kaelyn as a character. She was so loyal and good. She wanted nothing more than to have her family and friends around her, but that all changed when she moved away with her family and then came back a year before the plague hit. Kaelyn is the kind of character you can get behind as a reader, especially when you take into account of all the things that happen to her throughout the book.

I found it very interesting the amount of information we learn about Leo and his role in Kealyn's life just from her writing to him. I loved that part, and I have a feeling he will be a big part of the next book, which makes for a very interesting scenario considering the love interest that Kealyn acquired in The Way We Fall. Gav was a great secondary character because he showed us a different side of Kaelyn that we didn't see through her writing and it was with him that she became the girl she always told Leo she would be. And I loved that.

This is a great dystopian novel that will have you guessing from the very beginning. Your heart will race and your heart will break after everything is over, but I will tel you this, it is worth it. This novel takes a concept that has been done over and over again and gives it facelift. An amazing book.

4/5 Stars

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  1. Ohh I keep meaning to pick this one up.. Sounds good. I think I will need to buy it tomorrow :) Thanks for the review Siobhan!

  2. I really like this series. I love the realistic feel to it and how creepy and dark it is. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Aw man, this sounds really good. Like you I've read tons of post-apocalyptic books, but I can't recall reading any ones that chronicle the actual apocalypse. And it's been a while since I've read anything in journal format- that doesn't seem to be very popular right now, which probably also makes it stand out from the crowd, huh?
    Anyway. This sounds great, and I really need to get around to buying/librarying it. Thanks for the review :)