Monday, January 23, 2012

Book Review: The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

Title: The Way We Fall
Author: Megan Crewe
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Disney*Hyperion
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.
The Way We Fall could easily be categorized as another end-of-the-world story, and it is, in a way. But it is so much more than that too. Megan Crewe has pulled all the most basic aspects of an apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic story and added the eccentricities and complexities that come with everyday human life. The story starts off slow, but builds up, bit by bit, layering the story with unwavering fear.

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.

Opening line:
    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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*Giveaway is sponsored by Big Honcho Media and Disney*Hyperion, I am only hosting. They will be mailing out prizes.


K said...

You did a great job reviewing this and now I want to read it.

YA Book Queen said...

Very fascinating review! This story sounds so intriguing, and I like the quotes you used.

Wrighty said...

I've been looking forward to this one. So glad to hear you liked it! Thanks for the offer! :)


LadyVampire2u said...

I was curious about this book. After reading your review, I definitely want to read it. Thanks for the chance.
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candice said...

I've heard great things about TWWF; great review. I love that the story is told through diary entries and that they are so open. Your favorite lines were great, can't wait to read this one.

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Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I have been hearing such good things about this book.

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Carl said...

Thanks for hosting, I anticipate a good read.

Erinberry said...

I'd love to read this. It sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Sayomay said...

Thats so awesome! XD Sign me up!

Vivien said...

Count me in. I'm really looking forward to this read!
GFC: Vivien

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Teril said...

This sounds like a great new books!
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Maureen said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Alicia0605 said...

I enjoyed the review and I cant wait to read this! I loved her other books I know this one will be great too!


Sarah Cruzツ said...

Thanks for the review & giveaway!! This sounds like a good book ^-^
GFC; Sarah E. Cruz


Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

awesome! Thanks so much!


Ivy said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!


Tore said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

Jessy said...

I love stories like this that get you thinking, "What if?"

Jessy said...

Forgot my email. Sorry!,

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Bookish in a Box said...

Thanks for the giveaway! The Way We Fall sounds amazing.

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Jill The OWL said...

I'm very interested in this one! I'm totally intrigued by the trailer and everything!

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Holly said...

I can't wait to read this! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Elodie said...

This book sounds super duper awesome !! I need it :) !! I love the quotes you've included in your post ... I can't wait to read this one ..
Too bad I can't enter the giveaway .. Thanks anyway :) !!
Great review, I so want to read this book now !!

Sara M said...

I've been seeing a lot of great things about this novel. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Sarah said...

Super exciting! wrigh216 at

Maidenveil said...

This sounds interesting! Excited to read this one. :)

-Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

Munnaza said...

I've heard amazing things about this book and I'd love to enter. Thank you so much for this giveaway!


Chris and Emily said...

Sounds great. Can't wait to check this one out. emilyjoydrake at gmail dot com

nodizzies said...

This sounds like an awesome book! I love dystopian and post-apocalyptic books! They are so exciting. This book sounds exciting too! Thanks for the giveaway!

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brookea_2006 said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Sophia said...

This book sounds totally amazing! I love dystopians, and I've heard the greatest things about this book. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)


Paige said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway Nikki!

Yan said...

I loved Megan's debut novel and am dying to read THE WAY WE FALL! :)


Marci ( said...

thanks for the chance!

Jasmine Rose said...

I've been seriously dying to read this! Thanks for the contest :]


throuthehaze said...

I would love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!
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barefootmeds said...

This is an amazing book!

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