The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe (Review)

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Synopsis: 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.

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Adventure

Cover: I’m a real sucker for simplistic covers. The dark and mysterious photo in the typography was enough to draw me into this novel. Others might like complex covers with actors on it, but to me, this clean cut cover is perfect for this type of apocalyptic story.

My Thoughts: Thanks to my latest obsession with The Walking Dead, I decided to pick up this apocalyptic book that caught my eye. The Way We Fall is a novel where a deadly disease is raging a small remote island in America. Told in the form of a journal to an old friend, Kaelyn, a sixteen year old girl, begins to see the death toll rise rapidly in her town as the mysterious virus spreads to her close friends. With the country in panic, the government quarantines the island which denied anyone from entering or leaving the city. Panic begins to settle in with the citizens of the island once they notice that the government stopped all efforts of finding the cure to this sickness affecting the townspeople.

Kaelyn, who constantly feels helpless thanks to the relentless disease, begins to assist her father scrambling to find some form of a cure. Along with her strong desire to help others around her, she meets a guy named Gav who takes food rations the island receives to equally distribute it among the citizens. Together they try their hardest to save as many people from the virus creating delirious and dangerous people roaming the streets.    

The plot line was incredibly compelling to read. My new found obsession with apocalyptic books, movies, and shows easily made me engrossed in Kaelyn’s story. I instantly loved Kaelyn, a loner infatuated with the behavior of animals. (Which is exactly what I’m interested in.) The entire novel written to her best friend in NYC was perfectly paced to keep me on my toes at all times, wondering who else was going to succumb to the disease. Deaths sprouting up left and right surprised me along with the plot twists Megan Crewe wound into this plot. Kaelyn was thrown into heart racing situations at all times, forced to remain stoic in order to keep herself and the ones she loved alive.

I especially enjoyed the fact that at the beginning of the story, she was surrounded by friends who hardly care for her, but at the end she found unexpected friends that brought out the best in her. Her development from a shy teenager to an independent leader was a great sight to see, knowing she had loyal support during the worst moments in her life.

I highly recommend reading this book full of twists and unexpected turns to anyone interested in apocalyptic science-fiction novels. It’s full of adventure and makes you want to run to the nearest bookstore for the sequel to this novel.   

Rating: ★★★★☆

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