The Way We Fall

The Way We Fall

Book - 2012 | 1st ed
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Sixteen-year-old old Kaelyn challenges her fears, finds a second chance at love, and fights to keep her family and friends safe as a deadly new virus devastates her island community.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781423146162
1423146166
Branch Call Number: TEEN
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 22 cm

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colin23567
Mar 10, 2015

On an island off the coast of Canada, Megan Crewe’s The Way we Fall is a suspense filled journal of what happens when disease slows takes over the quarantined population.
Kaelyn is just a normal teenage girl with normal teenager issues, writing to her best friend who recently moved away (the novel is told through all of Kaelyn’s letters). All of a sudden a strange and deadly respiratory illness begins to sweep the islands population- they get a cold, then a fever, then an uncontrollable itch, speak everything on their mind, and then die. Journey with Kaelyn as she struggles to protect herself and her loved ones from the deadly plague, and more!
What instantly sold me on this novel was the mockery of a common trope in teenage writing, the book is about someone who moved struggling to fit in with high school. I would have certainly put down the book right then if I didn’t already read the synopsis. The reader almost is tricked into believing it will be a normal teenage drama-fest when suddenly disease comes to save us from the overused high-school clichés.
Kaelyn’s character is rather admirable, something that any young adult cast into despair would want to emulate, and she is a great role model. However, the other characters in this novel had so many stupid moments that it severed my immersion by wanting to scream at them.
The Way we Fall shows themes heavily of perseverance and human nature, and reading about diseases is always exciting. Crewe’s painting of the unnamed virus is shockingly realistic, and enhances the reading experience.

This book is suitable for all ages.

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spudwil
Jan 02, 2014

I found this book repetitive, dull, and depressing. The ending was abrupt and unsatisfactory and none of the plot issues were resolved. That's a weekend of reading that I'll never get back.

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Dramatical_Cats
Jul 16, 2013

The Way We Fall is a great book. When I first read the back cover I instantly thought "Oh great another dystopia novel" but took it out anyways. I loved the author's style of writing in first person and how it was day by day. You could see how long the epidemic was lasting. The plot line is great and Crewe leaves you hanging in so many different ways with this novel and always makes you want to read more. The protagonist is one every reader will love. You want a character who is strong, courageous, mothering and caring about everyone around her and who is constantly setting goals for herself to achieve so she can keep going? READ THIS BOOK! Besides her momentary complaining periods (but she has every right to complain but it does get annoying). When Kaelyn complains she wasn't the type of girl who sat there complained and then did nothing about it. She was always trying to help someone or trying to save people Kaelyn is a great character to watch grow through a novel.There was a little bit of a romantic element to this book. Being a hopeless romantic myself (which might make this next opinion biased) I loved how Gav and Kae clicked together like two matching puzzle pieces. The love between them didn't seem 'messy' or thrown together just to give the book an extra dose of positivity because of the overall depressing themes. It was more of a slow coming together and then POOF they were perfect for each other. Crewe combined what is popular to read today with a bit of suspense, action, devastation and romance! Don't be fooled by the fact that it appears depressing or that its dystopia I highly recommend this book!

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Icanarylis
Jul 15, 2013

The Way We Fall is and absolutely amazing book. It was suspenseful until the very last sentence of the book, I couldn't put it down. Without a doubt this book was mind blowing. I saw a new perspective based on what happened, how easily people can fall apart, but also how it can make people come together. I could feel every emotion Kaelyn was feeling, whether it was pain, joy, fear, or happiness. I will admit that Kaelyn contracting the virus was suspected, but her recovering wasn't. Her last day before being admitted to the hospital was in simple terms, tense. I felt like I was sitting in the room with her, because of how everything was described. Hope was diminishing by the minute, but somehow she overcame it in more ways then one. Not only did she survive the virus, she also saved a life. She could have given up, but instead decided to try even harder to do what was right. She has lost so much, and went though something unthinkable, she stays strong through it all. She is an inspiration. Although some twists were suspected, the one at the end I would never have guessed. This is a book I would highly recommend anyone should read, it was certainly a page turning novel.

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kristen89
Jun 17, 2013

I enjoyed the dystopian aspect that can quite possibly happen to us now and being set in Canada had a more personal feel to me. An out of control virus that closes down an island community and puts neighbors against each other fighting for supplies. But some overcome and band together to try to stay alive. Some sad moments, but, 16 year old Kaelyn rises up to the challenge and grows up fast in order to save not only herself and family but also what's left of her small island community. First in the trilogy, looking forward to continuing.

_BehindBlueEyes Apr 16, 2013

I don't know what to say about this book. It was mind blowing.The way this was written was interesting and I hope more books will be like this. I loved this book and how it showed what people will do to survive and protect the ones they love. There are some really sad moments, but they add to the story and show the struggles.

SPL_Childrens Apr 04, 2013

A small island community is hit with a strange, deadly virus. Quickly infecting both young and old, it races through the population and becomes an epidemic.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for the flu-like virus.

As the casualties begin to mount, the island is quarantined, cut off from mainland Canada and the rest of the world. No one can leave or enter the island.

The situation becomes increasingly desperate. Healthy residents fight for food supplies, of which there are never enough.

Sixteen-year-old Kaelyn, a resident, is grieving the loss of her mother and caring for her young cousin, Meredith. She is also working with her microbiologist father in a desperate attempt to develop antibodies to the virus. Previous tests have failed, but they have modified the serum again and believe that this time, it could work. But before they can try it, her dad is attacked by a crazed resident – and it’s unclear if he will recover.

With Meredith now very sick, Kaelyn makes the difficult decision to try the serum on herself.

The Way We Fall ends before the reader can find out if the test is successful but the story is continued in a just-published sequel,The Lives We Lost.

Megan Crewe’s haunting dystopian teen novel has been nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s 2013 White Pine Award. It is a thoroughly captivating story and leaves readers hungering to know what will happen to Kaelyn and Meredith.

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SIJIE TIAN
Mar 25, 2013

This book is totally exciting and I can't put it down! Love it!

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jgirl9165
Feb 21, 2013

The first novel in the Fallen World trilogy is an excellent beginning to the story of a truly frightening possibility faced by our world today. When a small island is infected with a mysterious illness, one of the residents, Kaelyn, begins to fear for the safety of those she loves. Megan Crewe has created a scenario that is scary because it is a completely plausible threat. It is one thing to read about aliens attacking Earth, but quite another to read about a killer virus that could just be a mutant strain of something out in the world right this moment.

Megan has written a fantastic story. It is told through a series of journal entries to Kaelyn's friend, Leo, who has moved off the island. The journal entry format was used well to express the deep fears of Kaelyn, which are likely reflected in all of the residents. It also serves to make the story much more personal. With viruses it is so easy for the story to become about symptoms and statistics, but this format makes it about the people stuck in this situation and their families. It really helped me to connect with Kaelyn, as well, because it felt so honest.

I thought the characters overall were well fleshed out and mostly likeable. Even the characters that didn't play as big a role, like Kaelyn's dad, were very realistic. His concern and his frustration felt genuine. Megan does really well at using the little things to make her characters come alive. There was a little romance included as well, which added a great element but didn't interfere with the real purpose of the story. I also loved the mystery that surrounded some of the characters, like Kaelyn's brother, Drew. There were many different aspects to the story which were meshed together extremely well.

The way the illness was written was gripping and mysterious. I loved how little things were revealed bit by bit. I had so many questions about what was going on and they were answered one by one, keeping me constantly intrigued and in suspense. It was very well thought out! The reaction to the illness was also interesting - not only that of the islanders but also of the people on the mainland and the government. Conflicting views, misunderstandings, knee-jerk reactions... there was so much realism to the scenario which only accentuated how entirely possible this whole idea is.

In all, this was a really great novel. Well written, suspenseful, and mysterious. There was great atmosphere and tension, and the feeling of alienation that takes over was great. In the end, I was left with many unanswered questions that I can't wait to see solved in the sequel, The Lives We Lost.
4.5 stars!

ErikFleurant Feb 02, 2013

This book was great. It was one I counldn't put down.

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