Series: Fallen World #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 24th, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Survival, Young Adult
Source: bought in-store
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.
An outbreak has started in Kaelyn’s tiny community and the entire island is under quarantine. A true epidemic mind you!? Remember SARS? The virus has killed off almost everyone on the island and the people struggling to survive have very few resources and very little hope. It felt real. The lock-downs, the symptoms, the paranoia the characters go through. shivers I love the viewpoint of this novel which is in the eyes of teenager Kaelyn as she writes letters to her best friend Leo. I’m not a big fan of letter writing when reading a novel because it makes me that more curious to the person that the letter is addressed to. To wonder if they received it as well. But Megan Crewe pulled that off extremely well and I got into the flow of the story quickly.
How insanely creepy is this novel? It was just as bad as watching Contagion. My hope for a cure was what kept me reading. I just wanted them all to live happily and healthy and free again, but it wasn’t so because this was not the end. I believe it’s a trilogy so I am looking forward to what Megan has in store for Kaelyn. Being set in Canada is such a plus. There’s always something creepy when a novel is as realistic as The Way We Fall because you never know when it can actually happen. It can happen, that’s the scary part. Being out in that position you wonder if you would have the strength to be as strong as Kaelyn to survive? I sure hope so.
Paranoia at its finest, The Way We Fall is chock full of drama, action, mystery and science. Just make sure to wash your hands right after 🙂