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

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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 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)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423146315
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
01/08/2013
Series:
Fallen World Trilogy Series, #1
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.74(d)
Lexile:
HL770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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