“The Way We Fall (Fallen World #1)” by Megan Crewe
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia
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?
I enjoyed getting see the world fall apart with Kaelyn. It’s always interesting seeing how things disintegrate. It made the story very readable. You start off small with a few people getting worried. Then more people get sick so more people get worried. It doesn’t take long for things to spiral out of control.
The style was odd. I didn’t like the narration. It was weird to have her telling the story to Leo. It was an odd mix of diary and letter format. I’m not a huge fan of either style but I would have preferred one or the other.
I didn’t grow fond of the characters. They were just there to move the story on for me. I wasn’t upset at any deaths or misfortunes of the characters.
It was cool to see Kaelyn have a great focus on animals. I’d imagine she’d go on to be a vet or a scientist of some sort if things worked out. I just didn’t buy all of her science skills. The hospital stuff seemed a bit much. It was cool to see Tessa so smart with plants. Once again, I could see her going on to have a career in that field.
The bottom line? Readable but nothing new.