Wednesday, January 4, 2012

review: The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

pub date: January 24, 2012
publisher: Hyperion
pages: 304
source: NetGalley
appeals: virus,
content: swearing, about 5 or 6 f-bombs

This is one of those books that starts out slower, but picks up quickly and doesn't slow down. The situation of the virus unravels slowly, but it is Kaelyn herself and how she deals with everything around her, that propells the story forward.

This is a very engaging story, and I loved Kaelyn as the protagonist. I loved that it was a journal (more like a letter she would never send), because it got to her feelings and observations, but didn't need a lot of descriptions of place. Her voice, her observations, struggles, and hope/dispair really got to the heart of ths situation (and me!) and made it seem very real.

The ending...well, there wasn't much of one. Which, for the record, I am not a fan of authors doing! It's leaving so many unanswered questions, and opening a can of worms for the next book to deal with. I wanted a conclusion! But since I didn't get that, the next book in the series would be nice. Like, yesterday. I don't want to wait for it!

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?

Megan Crewe crafts a powerful and gripping exploration of self-preservation, first love, and hope. Poignant and dizzying, this heart-wrenching story of one girl’s bravery and unbeatable spirit will leave readers fervently awaiting the next book in this standout new series.

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