Author: Megan Crewe
Reading Level: Young Adult
ARC, 307 pages
Date Published: January 24, 2012
Source: Big Honcho Media/Publisher
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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?
Megan Crewe crafts a powerful and gripping exploration of self-preservation, first love, and hope. Poignant and dizzying, this heart-wrenching story of one girl’s bravery and unbeatable spirit will leave readers fervently awaiting the next book in this standout new series.
Kaelyn tells the story through letters to her once best friend Leo, who moved away for school. While we don’t really know Leo or get a feel for who he is, Kaelyn’s letters make everything so intimate and shocking. She doesn’t hold back with what’s happening in her town, she doesn’t hide her fear in her letters, so the reader will latch onto that and dread every cough and sneeze along with her.
The idea of this epidemic effectively shutting down an entire island is terrifying, but completely plausible. The science behind it fascinated me – the spread of the disease, the symptoms, the progression – all of it was enthralling in a morbid kind of way. I was distraught by certain character deaths and constantly worrying who would get sick next. It’s impossible not to care for Kaelyn, her brother Drew, cousin Meredith, her mom, dad, her uncle, her not-so nice friends, and even Tessa, her once best friend/crush’s girlfriend. They’re all helpless in the situation.
The Way We Fall is chilling in its telling and more than a little dismal, but Megan Crewe humanizes even the worst of situations and will make the reader feel every single moment. Despite the dire circumstances, the story is grounded in its heart – the emotional family moments, friendships, and the blossoming romance bring light to this island surrounded by death. The Way We Fall is more than just a story about an epidemic, it’s about the best and worst that human beings have to offer, and even amidst the suffering, there are still things to look forward to and reasons to hope. I cannot wait to see what happens next.
It’s about six hours since you left the island. ~ pg. 2
Favorite lines/passages: This is what we do. We make tea and read books and watch people die. ~ pg. 279
And I had to include this one:Most people think the scariest thing is knowing that you’re going to die. It’s not. It’s knowing you might have to watch every single person you’ve ever loved – or even liked – waste away while you just stand there. ~ pg. 280
*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.
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