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The Way We Fall (Fallen World Trilogy #1)

The Way We Fall (Fallen World Trilogy #1)

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by Megan Crewe

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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


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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Publishers Weekly
In this tense apocalyptic thriller, first in a planned series, Crewe (Give Up the Ghost) explores the slow collapse of society in a microcosm, as a deadly disease ravages a small Canadian island community. Chronicling her town’s descent in diary-style letters to her best friend, Leo, who is away at school, introverted 16-year-old Kaelyn watches as a virus sweeps through the town, its victims losing all social inhibitions before dying. With the island quarantined from the mainland and no cure in sight, hope dwindles. Some of the uninfected try to maintain order and help each other survive, while others resort to drastic measures. As Kaelyn loses people she’s known all her life, she slowly forms new bonds of friendship and even love. But when she gets sick and inexplicably recovers, it forces her to reassess her life and dreams. As hope wars with loss, this gripping, psychological thriller never loses focus. Though Crewe’s story can be gruesome and horrifying, she escapes the trap of making events too depressing and hopeless, maintaining a strong sense of realism throughout. Ages 12–up. Agent: Adams Literary. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
What begins as a series of unsent letters to sixteen year-old Kaelyn's estranged friend Leo quickly deteriorates into a horrific chronicle of a rampant deadly virus spreading through their small Canadian hometown. The symptoms seem harmless enough—Kae's friend Rachel comes down with what seems like a bad cold. But when Rachel's father dies, and Rachel herself soon after, Kae's fears that this "cold" is much worse than anyone expected are realized. As the only microbiologist on the island, Kae's father (and thus Kae) comes to know the mysterious deadly virus too well. The body count rises, and the government soon quarantines the island—no one can leave and no one can come back. Kae's rising panic and sheer determination to survive are palpable on every page. The virus comes closer and closer to home, until finally Kae's mother succumbs and then Kae herself. Amidst the growing horror, Kae comes to terms with her broken friendship with Leo, finds friendship in an unexpected source, and most surprisingly of all, falls in love with someone she first perceived to be dangerous. With elements of social commentary on the human reaction to panic and fear, a tender first love story, and a thrilling survival story, The Way We Fall will hook readers from page one. The impending doom builds with each chapter, and Crewe has masterfully created a tale so suspenseful that when the last page is read, readers can only hope that there is more to come. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
VOYA - Diane Colson
It can start with a sneeze, or a cough, or an uncontrollable itch. Just the flu, maybe. Eventually, however, it progresses to Stage Two: incoherent babbling, a desperate need for social interaction, and unprovoked violent rages. After that, death. It happens very quickly. Sixteen-year-old Kaelyn has returned to the island of her childhood just as the first cases of the virus emerge. Always introverted, more interested in animals than people, Kaelyn begins writing a journal/letter to her estranged best friend. She never could have anticipated that her journal would recount the devastation of the small island community. The island is quarantined, with ferries bringing supplies and medicine. Gradually the help stops coming, the computers stop working, and the phones disconnect. Kaelyn and the other island inhabitants realize that the world would rather lose one small island than risk global spread of the virus. Short chapters and brisk pacing keep the reader hooked. As might be expected, there are both ghastly and sorrowful scenes as the virus destroys friends and family members. But in the midst of all the horror and sadness, Kaelyn learns to care about the community. She evolves from a quiet girl who keeps a journal on coyotes to a strong young woman dedicated to helping the sick and searching for a cure. And she finds romance in the process. The intriguing plot involving a viral outbreak should attract fans of Viral by Kathy Reichs (Young Arrow, 2011/VOYA October 2010), The Enemy by Charlie Higson (Hyperion, 2010), and The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch (Scholastic, 2011/VOYA February 2012), among others. Reviewer: Diane Colson
Kirkus Reviews
An introverted girl's struggle with isolation mirrors her island's quarantine during a mysterious, deadly epidemic. Kaelyn prefers observing wildlife to having a social life, as human interactions baffle the closed-off teen. She's in the odd position of pseudo–new kid, since she has moved back to her hometown, a small island community, after a few years living in a different city. Worse, she and her childhood best friend haven't spoken in years, and she's lost the chance to reconcile as he has left for school. Her personal resolution to connect with others comes right as getting near people becomes dangerous--a new virus is rapidly spreading by human contact, killing nearly all infected. Soon the government forcibly quarantines the island. Residents respond in a variety of ways, some trying to help him and others doing anything for personal survival. Crewe (Give Up the Ghost, 2009) utilizes a less-is-more approach, subtly closing the walls in on the characters as they run out of resources. The narrative consists of Kaelyn's letters she'll never send, addressed to her estranged best friend. While the entries sometimes read less like letters than prose, the focused perspective enhances the claustrophobic atmosphere. An abrupt ending neglects some story aspects but nicely completes Kaelyn's social arc. Readers will root for the believable characters struggling through heartbreaking situations. (Science fiction. 12 & up)

Product Details

Publication date:
Fallen World Trilogy Series , #1
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.74(d)
HL770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Megan Crewe (www.megancrewe.com) finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and three cats (and does on occasion say "eh"); she tutors teens with special needs; and-thankfully-the worst virus she's caught so far is the garden variety flu. She is also the author of Give Up the Ghost.

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Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
This book has to be one of the best dystopians of 2012. The author writes in such a way that allows the reader to fully immerse him/herself into the novel. The reader will love the main character, Kaelyn, for her intelligence and willingness to help others. Kaelyn's world is turned upside down in the space of one week. A mysterious virus sweeps through her small island town and begins to pick off the residents one by one. The environment created by the author feels so real that the reader will be able to picture all of the events and characters and really connect with them. Kaelyn is amazingly resilient. Her characters endures so much loss in the novel, but she still comes up fighting. The other characters the reader meets will intrigue him/her. The author has a way of making the reader miss the characters who don't make it to the end, a rare quality. The love interest, Gav, is brave and a survivalist, the reader will enjoy meeting him and getting to know him through Kaelyn. Kaelyn's family is complex and will feel like the readers' family not long after the reader picks up the book. Her brother and father butt heads over a few issues, Kaelyn's mother loves her children to a fault, and Kaelyn's uncle and cousin are special to them all. If the author did not create such dynamic and likable characters, this story would not be as fantastic as it is. The book is only about 304 pages long, but the reader will want the book to be far longer. There is an unbelievable amount of action, suspense, and romance packed into these pages. The characters are a delight to read about, the reader will actually care what happens to them in the novel. The author keeps the novel within the realms of realism, the reader will not be rolling his/her eyes over the plot and events in this book. This book is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers.
Paperworm More than 1 year ago
MINDBLOWN. BEST BOOK EVER. OMG HELP ME. Sorry for this lame review... i haven't reviewed for a couple months. maybe. NOTE: Might contain spoilers, read at your own risk. I may have not written all of the Good, Okay stuff but i hope this is good enough for a long review. The Good: The Virus There are a lot of fiction ideas of virus, this one is a part of the unique ones. I love how the Virus started to be just a tiny one that it can only make you have a fever. But somehow it evolved and can make you crazy! It's so unique and original! The Characters I love the characters! Tessa is so mysterious and clever, Kaelyn moves and thinks like a hero, Gav is nice and he's perfect for Kaelyn! Drew needs more info though. I don't know him that much. Once again, very nice characters! The Writing The writing is kinda confusing at first, but i love how it was written in Journal style. It's like you're actually reading Kaelyn's journal! The Mystery I like the mysteries because it will keep you wanting and looking for more info about the Virus, on when did Drew go or did he die? Or if he is with Leo on the ferry? and a lot of things! IT KEPT ME WANTING FOR MORE! I NEED THE SECOND BOOK! The Gang I love how Quentin and the other members left their original group with Gav. It just added more ideas and scenes and SUSPENSE! Like when they try to burn down houses, stealing and etc. More suspense, better book! EVERYTHING! The Okay: Meredith Meredith is cute, but sometimes she's very annoying like the part when in the middle of the night she wanted to get her stuffed toy that was left inside of Tessa's house while they moved to Kaelyn's uncle (which is Meredith's dad). I mean i know she's a child but there are more important things than a stuffed toy.. sigh.. The Bad: There are only just little problems and it's not much of a big deal. So i think I'll just leave this part blank except about this excuse.
ValiaLind-Author More than 1 year ago
The Way We Fall is set in a society much like our own. Kaelyn lives on an island, goes to school, and has friend troubles just like any other sixteen-year-old girl. When she finally feels as if she should take control of her life, her world crumbles around her. A deadly virus begins to make its way through the households of her hometown, leaving them stranded and cut off from the rest of the world. People panic. Food runs short. Loved ones die. The Way We Fall is told through Kaelyn's journal entries to her friend. Every day is a new entry that is our only lifeline to her island. Kaelyn has to learn how to become the person that will survive. She fights for those she loves and overcomes the obstacles before her. Watching Kaelyn grow is heartbreaking and encouraging at the same time. Then we meet Gav. A former foe becomes the closest confidant, blossoming into a love that will bring tears to your eyes. Gav is a strong character that takes a stand and works to help all those in need, even if that means sacrificing himself. Gav and Kaelyn's relationship grows strong despite all odds. I loved watching them together, working, helping, and loving with wisdom beyond their age. Megan creates a terrifyingly real world, making you rethink everything you may know. The first book in a dystopian trilogy, Kaelyn's story will grip your heart and leave you begging for book two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one listen to the people who said this book deserves one star. They have no since in books! Best book ever
yo_papa More than 1 year ago
it was fascinating 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've recomended this book to all my friends and we have all become obsessed with it.
TheSue More than 1 year ago
Great book. Characters were amazing and the book was very compelling.
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bookgirlCC More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Really made me think what if this happened to me and my community. Loved the end can't wait for more.
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Laine-librariancanreadtoo More than 1 year ago
As a librarian I get first dibs on new books that come into the library. And this was one of them! I first interloaned it and I loved it...then the library bought it and my friends all liked it. If you are a lover of dystopia books, then this should be on top of your lists to read!! Megan Crewe introduces us to Kaelyn a sixteen year old girl who's live is going just fine. Her mother and father love each other, her brother lives with her and everyone gets along just fine. Until someone coughs. Until someone sneezes. Until that someone is dead with an unknown virus that has now spread all over Kaelyn's town. And how does the government help out this small town with loved ones diying and neighbors killing each other? Shuts down the town, and has NO I repeat N-O contact with anybody in town. It's up to Kaelyn to help make sure her family doesn't get the virus and stay together. That's easier said then done. A great book that I would actually like to see as a movie....as long as they go along with the book I think I would enjoy seeing it. Can't wait to read the second one!!
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jwitt33 More than 1 year ago
Loved It!! My Opinion:  I wasn't sure I was going to like this book when I found out it was told in the form of journal entries, but I was very pleasantly surprised! The girl telling the story is a 16 year old named Kaelyn who is writing to her estranged best friend, Leo, telling him all about the troubles on their island.  People are getting sick and acting crazy as an unidentified virus spreads from person to person, eventually killing most of the townspeople. The islanders turn to the Canadian government for help but instead of salvation they find themselves quarantined. As supplies start to run out, Kaelyn and some of the other young adults who have survived thus far team together to help out in whatever way they can. When the story starts, Kaelyn is a very shy girl who is more comfortable burying her head in the sand than confronting problems head on, but she decides that she doesn't want to be this way anymore, and in order to change she needs to put herself out there and risk getting hurt. Talk about character growth! We see Kaelyn evolve from a scared little girl to a more confident young woman over the course of her story.  She even manages to find romance during this awful time, with the scrumptious Gav, and enters into a tenuous friendship with Tessa, who she considers a rival for Leo's affection.  I am so in awe of Megan Crewe's writing! Like I mentioned above, I wasn't sure how the story being told just from Kaelyn's POV in letters to Leo would come across, but in Ms. Crewe's capable hands I loved it, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, The Lives We Lost. I'm giving this book a very enthusiastic 5 stars and recommend it to fans of post-apoc/dystopian, YA, survival stories :D I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Disquietus More than 1 year ago
I had such high expectations for this book. A zombie-less apocalyptic YA? I was all over it. And then I found myself completely underwhelmed. It’s just so boring, lacking both likable characters and the kind of brutal action you’d expect from the desperate human race during such a situation. Although I didn’t mind the slow-pace initially, as I expected it to be that way as Crewe showed the island slowly become overcome by the virus, the snail like pace never lets up and I finished the book feeling like I’d just walked a five mile marathon only to find there was nothing waiting for me at the finish line. The premise itself is intriguing. A common cold like virus strikes a small island community and quickly decimates the population, leaving the few islanders not affected driven to animalistic like behavior in a desperate bid to survive. As a study of humanity it’s interesting, if predictable. On one end of the spectrum you have citizens like our narrator, who are doing what they can to maintain structure and help others and on the other you’ve got those who would rather kill and terrorize their fellow survivors in an attempt to horde all the remaining supplies for themselves and naturally the government almost immediately writes the entire island off in an attempt to contain the virus. The story is told from the perspective of a sixteen year old girl in a journal written to her ex-best friend who moved off the island just before the virus struck. The writing itself is good. The destruction of the virus is well portrayed and although too slow-paced for my liking, the sly and unobtrusive way it spread throughout the island was terrifying. I know I’ll never look at another itchy, sneezing person the same. Most of the characters are likable, and some of them even react in understandable, natural ways. What fell flat for me and dropped the novel from a 3 star rating to a 2 star was Kaelyn. I just couldn’t make myself care about her, which then made it hard for me to care about any of the other characters or events. She was almost robotic, showing very little emotion, other than the expected shock and disbelief, as the people closest to her drop like flies. Frankly I found her reaction to the destruction around her to be unrealistic and at some points even unlikable. The only admirable quality she had, and really the only time a bit of personality seemed to shine through, was her desperation to keep her young cousin safe. Despite the high quality of the writing, the slow pace and unlikable characters made this a very difficult read for me to finish. I am happy to say though that having just finished the second book in the series, it does get better.
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BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I wasn't expecting The Way We Fall to be written in letter format, but surprisingly it didn't bother me. I usually am not one for prose, email or anything but narrative, but Kaelyn's voice and way of writing drew me right in, and I almost forgot she was writing to her friend.     Megan Crewe created a chilling situation with the virus. It is contagious, it has no known cure and it can kill, all this on an island. I didn't know how this could be fixed or how the main character and others would manage to survive and escape being infected, but I knew that I wanted them to figure it out and was on edge right with them through the scary stages of the illness and watching those they loved and cared about get sick.      I pulled for Kaelyn and really connected with her. The love she had for her family, and ultimate respect for her dad and trust that he could come up with an answer. The relationship with her brother and the protective instincts for her little cousin Meredith. As well as the unlikely friendship and connections that she makes while trying to help those on her island and those who are sick. I appreciated her wisdom in figuring out the things that are worth fighting for, and makes life worth living.      I liked the story, but there wasn't much of a conclusion. I wanted a few more answers, and I wanted to know more.  Bottom Line: A chilling, action packed scenario with a main character I cared for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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Bianca2b More than 1 year ago
First….I don't know what to say to describe this book.'Cause I'm speechless!"The way we fall" is just ….AMAZING!!I mean,I knew that Megan is an awesome author,but I didn't expect at this! I read this amazing book in just one week,even if it's in English.This is because of Megan's style of writing.It makes you wanna read,and read,and read untill you don't have what to read.Ok,I have to say:at the start,it can be a little boring,but as much as you read and you "discover"(or not-if you'll read it,you'll know what I mean.) you can't stop reading and the book begins to be "unputdownable" Do you want to know which is the best part of "The way we fall"?Well,the best part is that it makes you see the life with another eyes.After you'll read it,you'll see how fragile the life is and how easy can we fall. I love the way that the story is told:Kaelyn is writing in her journal some letters for her friend,Leo.This is a new style,and I like it! I liked the characters.Kaelyn is the perfect main-character.Is strong,ambitious and the perfect friend.I felt a deep conection with her and ,sometimes,I felt what she felt,in a weird way.I don't know how to explain exactly.The point is that I like Kaelyn a lot and I'm still wondering how the story ends.I can't wait for the second book(I found out that "The way we fall" is part of a trilogy,"Fallen World",and I am so happy about this!) because the first book left me with some questions. It's interesting how the disease spreads.Also,the quarantine makes the story more believable and a little bit scarry…like a horror movie.Sometimes,I felt like I am part of a horror story and the author is Stephen King,not Megan Crewe.I liked this! I have to told the story again?I think everybody knows it!Ok,in large: Kaelyn lives with her family on an Island.The things look a little bit boring ,when a disease strike the island.No one knows what is happening.A lot of people die,and the doctors are desperate.Then,the island is in quarantine,And the rest…is in book!Or,in the synopsis.:))
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ROCristina More than 1 year ago
This story is amazingly well written. It is written in the form of journal entries, with the main girl, Kaelyn, writing them. Kaelyn is very well written. Overall, The Way We Fall is an entertaining story and, although it certainly has some slow passages, it still manages to be a quick read. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy, The Lives We Lost, due out next February.  The book is only about 304 pages long, but the reader will want the book to be far longer. There is an unbelievable amount of action, suspense, and romance packed into these pages. The characters are a delight to read about, the reader will actually care what happens to them in the novel. The author keeps the novel within the realms of realism, the reader will not be rolling his/her eyes over the plot and events in this book. This book is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i really wanted to like this book, especially since I've been loving a lot of dystopian books so far, but this book was just way too slow. I don't even think i ever finished it, i got about halfway and thought to myself, if nothing interesting or different has happened since the plot was first revealed, i highly doubt anythings going to happen the rest of the book either. Its an ok concept but there was no climax and everything was just repeating itself throughout the whole thing. <<<<<
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very outstanding with horrific details. A must read!