Sunday, March 17, 2013

Review: The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

The Way We Fall (Fallen World #1)
Author: Megan Crewe
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: January 24, 2012
Pages: 309
Source: Hardcover/Library

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.

Review: Overall I enjoyed the book, though not as much as I hoped to. I loved the idea of a virus spreading all over because if you think about it, that is something that really could happen with all the new super-bugs and whatnot that keep showing up. It really tests your strength when you know at some point someone you love is going to come down with the virus and there's no cure for it. It just tests you so much! And beyond that, when you lose the people you love, then you have to learn to trust in others that you probably wouldnt have thought to trust in before. Like Kaelyn, her best friend and person she could count on through all of this wasn't one of her friends, it was one of her enemies. That showed how in times of crisis people can put aside their differences and be there for one another. It was nice to see that. Also, it was nice to see that some people, even in bad times like in this book can still love one another. I really enjoyed seeing the little group Kaelyn has formed. Those people are always gonna have her back so she surrounded herself with some good people! I felt bad for Kaelyn though, her mom came down with the virus and died, just like her best friend. Then her dad got shot and her brother just ran away from it all. And then on top of everything when the book ended her cousin got the virus and we still don't know what happens to her for sure. I hope she survives! :)

What I didn't enjoy... I felt like everything got too predictable. Once the virus broke out it was like go out to scavenge, watch your back to make sure sick people didn't sneak up on you. And when that wasn't enough, then you also had to look out for the group that kept breaking into everything and setting things on fire or killing people. It just got so routine. It was like you run out of supplies, then someone you know gets sick or sick people keep trying to get you, and then the group goes on a rampage again. And it just felt like that same exact pattern over and over again. If it wasn't so predictable with the pattern I probably would have given this book more stars. Besides that the book was good. I really hope the next book isn't as predictable with events!

3 1/2 Stars!

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