Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

The Way We Fall (Fallen World #1)
by Megan Crewe
PUB: Jan 24th 2012
by Disney-Hyperion
REVIEW COPY: personal e-book

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?


The Way We Fall tells one girl’s personal journey through a plague that has stricken the island where she lives. Cut off from the rest of the world there is nothing to do but try and survive, while keeping hope that those she’s loves can survive with her.

I liked The Way We Fall. It was really interesting, waiting to see what would happen next. There was  a lot of tension, never knowing who was going to get sick next and always waiting for the next horrible thing to happen and who was going to die next. If there was a weakness to the story, it’s that I didn’t really connect to most of the characters so I didn’t really care what happened to them.

The story is told through a journal of letters Kaelyn is writing to her former best friend (they haven’t spoken in two years but Kaelyn want’s to reconcile when he comes back to the island). The letters helped frame the story, but I think they were part of the problem with the distance between the reader and the characters. – isn’t that close to anyone, so we’re kept at arm’s length too.

All in all, The Way We Fall is interesting and I’m really exciting to read the sequel (which won’t be written in letter form, so I’m hoping to better characterconnection). It’s interesting and well written and worth giving a try (especially with flu season coming soon J)

You can find out more about Megan Crewe and The Way We Fall  HERE


  1. I've been hearing so many great things about this one. I'm not completely sure how I feel about it being written as a letter, I have a lot of troubles getting into those type of books. Great review!

  2. Andrea, I think at the beginning there is a bit of a disconnect because of the style (a letter) but as the story progresses the letters become more and more relaxed (it feels more journal style) to the point where it feels very much like a first-person narrative. As things fall apart the letters become more personal. It's actually very effective for this story.

  3. I loved seeing the collapse of the society since we have so many books that pick up once they've fallen-it was very unique. I loved the letter/journal thing but I'm a huge fan of epistolary novels so that probably helped!

  4. I really liked this too! Can't wait for the sequel.


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