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When a deadly virus begins to sweep through sixteen-year-old Kaelyns 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 girls bravery and unbeatable spirit will leave readers fervently awaiting the next book in this standout new series.

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"In this tense apocalyptic thriller, first in a planned series, Crewe (Give Up the Ghost) explores the slow collapse of society in a microcosm, as a deadly disease ravages a small Canadian island community. Chronicling her town's descent in diary-style letters to her best friend, Leo, who is away at school, introverted 16-year-old Kaelyn watches as a virus sweeps through the town, its victims losing all social inhibitions before dying. With the island quarantined from the mainland and no cure in sight, hope dwindles. Some of the uninfected try to maintain order and help each other survive, while others resort to drastic measures. As Kaelyn loses people she's known all her life, she slowly forms new bonds of friendship and even love. But when she gets sick and inexplicably recovers, it forces her to reassess her life and dreams. As hope wars with loss, this gripping, psychological thriller never loses focus. Though Crewe's story can be gruesome and horrifying, she escapes the trap of making events too depressing and hopeless, maintaining a strong sense of realism throughout. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Adams Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Disquietus, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by Disquietus)
I had such high expectations for this book. A zombie-less apocalyptic YA? I was all over it. And then I found myself completely underwhelmed. It’s just so boring, lacking both likable characters and the kind of brutal action you’d expect from the desperate human race during such a situation.

Although I didn’t mind the slow-pace initially, as I expected it to be that way as Crewe showed the island slowly become overcome by the virus, the snail like pace never lets up and I finished the book feeling like I’d just walked a five mile marathon only to find there was nothing waiting for me at the finish line.

The premise itself is intriguing. A common cold like virus strikes a small island community and quickly decimates the population, leaving the few islanders not affected driven to animalistic like behavior in a desperate bid to survive. As a study of humanity it’s interesting, if predictable. On one end of the spectrum you have citizens like our narrator, who are doing what they can to maintain structure and help others and on the other you’ve got those who would rather kill and terrorize their fellow survivors in an attempt to horde all the remaining supplies for themselves and naturally the government almost immediately writes the entire island off in an attempt to contain the virus. The story is told from the perspective of a sixteen year old girl in a journal written to her ex-best friend who moved off the island just before the virus struck.

The writing itself is good. The destruction of the virus is well portrayed and although too slow-paced for my liking, the sly and unobtrusive way it spread throughout the island was terrifying. I know I’ll never look at another itchy, sneezing person the same. Most of the characters are likable, and some of them even react in understandable, natural ways.

What fell flat for me and dropped the novel from a 3 star rating to a 2 star was Kaelyn. I just couldn’t make myself care about her, which then made it hard for me to care about any of the other characters or events. She was almost robotic, showing very little emotion, other than the expected shock and disbelief, as the people closest to her drop like flies. Frankly I found her reaction to the destruction around her to be unrealistic and at some points even unlikable. The only admirable quality she had, and really the only time a bit of personality seemed to shine through, was her desperation to keep her young cousin safe.

Despite the high quality of the writing, the slow pace and unlikable characters made this a very difficult read for me to finish. I am happy to say though that having just finished the second book in the series, it does get better.
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Bianca2b, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Bianca2b)
First….I don't know what to say to describe this book.'Cause I'm speechless!"The way we fall" is just ….AMAZING!!I mean,I knew that Megan is an awesome author,but I didn't expect at this!
I read this amazing book in just one week,even if it's in English.This is because of Megan's style of writing.It makes you wanna read,and read,and read untill you don't have what to read.Ok,I have to say:at the start,it can be a little boring,but as much as you read and you "discover"(or not-if you'll read it,you'll know what I mean.) you can't stop reading and the book begins to be "unputdownable"
Do you want to know which is the best part of "The way we fall"?Well,the best part is that it makes you see the life with another eyes.After you'll read it,you'll see how fragile the life is and how easy can we fall.
I love the way that the story is told:Kaelyn is writing in her journal some letters for her friend,Leo.This is a new style,and I like it!
I liked the characters.Kaelyn is the perfect main-character.Is strong,ambitious and the perfect friend.I felt a deep conection with her and ,sometimes,I felt what she felt,in a weird way.I don't know how to explain exactly.The point is that I like Kaelyn a lot and I'm still wondering how the story ends.I can't wait for the second book(I found out that "The way we fall" is part of a trilogy,"Fallen World",and I am so happy about this!) because the first book left me with some questions.
It's interesting how the disease spreads.Also,the quarantine makes the story more believable and a little bit scarry…like a horror movie.Sometimes,I felt like I am part of a horror story and the author is Stephen King,not Megan Crewe.I liked this!
I have to told the story again?I think everybody knows it!Ok,in large: Kaelyn lives with her family on an Island.The things look a little bit boring ,when a disease strike the island.No one knows what is happening.A lot of people die,and the doctors are desperate.Then,the island is in quarantine,And the rest…is in book!Or,in the sinopsis.:))
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781423146162
Author:
Crewe, Megan
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Situations / Death & Dying
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 22.8 oz
Age Level:
from 12 up to 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this tense apocalyptic thriller, first in a planned series, Crewe (Give Up the Ghost) explores the slow collapse of society in a microcosm, as a deadly disease ravages a small Canadian island community. Chronicling her town's descent in diary-style letters to her best friend, Leo, who is away at school, introverted 16-year-old Kaelyn watches as a virus sweeps through the town, its victims losing all social inhibitions before dying. With the island quarantined from the mainland and no cure in sight, hope dwindles. Some of the uninfected try to maintain order and help each other survive, while others resort to drastic measures. As Kaelyn loses people she's known all her life, she slowly forms new bonds of friendship and even love. But when she gets sick and inexplicably recovers, it forces her to reassess her life and dreams. As hope wars with loss, this gripping, psychological thriller never loses focus. Though Crewe's story can be gruesome and horrifying, she escapes the trap of making events too depressing and hopeless, maintaining a strong sense of realism throughout. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Adams Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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