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The Way We Fall (Fallen World #1)

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A gripping dystopian teen novel about what happens when a deadly virus sweeps through the land and everything familiar comes crashing down.
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Disney Hyperion
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come play the the way we fall game - a constantly oscillating board game about as frustrating as chutes and ladders.

ready player one

first time reading a contemporary YA novel about the decimation of a population brought on by plague? inflate rating by one star.

fist time reading a novel? inflate rating by two stars. and welcome.

move ahead four squares for premise and setting on a small island off the coast of canada. contained environment is interesting, although somewhat reminiscent of plague 99
Megan Crewe
Jun 28, 2011 Megan Crewe rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
I wrote it, so I guess it goes without saying I like it! :D
3.5 stars

The Way We Fall was not the book I thought it would be.

I had this distinct thought at two points while reading it – the realisation that my expectations were entirely off the mark – for different reasons. One was positive, one not so much.

It seems strange to be writing this in my review, but it’s the “normalcy” of The Way We Fall that sets it apart and makes it unique. In a sea of flimsily constructed and/or highly speculative dystopian fiction and virulent zombie disease plotlines (v

If you are looking for an action-packed, tension-filled bloodbath then this is not the book for you...

THE WAY WE FALL is very quiet, slow moving and much less gruesome- compared to some of the other books in this genre.

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16 year-old Kaelyn is a bit of a loner. She prefers the company of her two ferrets- Farley and Fossey, and spends most of her time studying the wildlife, on a small island off the Canadian coast- where she lives. Her estranged best friend Leo has moved away, and t
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An outbreak has started in Kaelyn's tiny community and the entire island is under quarantine. A true epidemic mind you!? Remember SARS? The virus has killed off almost everyone on the island and the people struggling to survive have very few resources and very little hope. It felt real. The lock-downs, the symptoms, the paranoia the characters go through. *shivers* I love the viewpoint of this novel which is in the eyes of teenager Kaelyn as she writes letters to her best friend Leo. I'm not a b ...more
Sep 28, 2011 Giselle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gah! This was good but that was so not an ending! Almost knocked off a start for the lack of conclusion, then I eyed the sequel which is only a few weeks away, calming me down some. Lucky, duck, Mrs Crewe!

As far as post apocalyptic books go, I have read aplenty, and although I would not class this in with my top favorites, I found it compelling and appreciated that it offered something new. For one, it's not actually a post-apocalyptic book--at least not yet. This one stands out from the crowd s
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
4.5 stars

In the end I was completely enthralled with this one. It had a bit of a slower start, but it becomes "unputdownable" toward the middle. In the beginning I was iffy about the way the story is told (Kaelyn is writing letters to a former best friend/crush), but in the end I really loved it. It just felt so honest and straightforward.

I’m pretty fascinated with disease and the way epidemics spread, so it was really awesome (in a sad, horrible way) to read a whole book that revolves around th
This isn't the masterpiece I thought it was when I was thirteen, but you know what? It's still pretty damn good. I'm kind of embarrassed about how much I gushed about it when I was younger - in retrospect, I didn't sound like I knew what I was talking about. But this is still a very good book. Full review to come.
Jodi Papazian
Feb 15, 2012 Jodi Papazian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-reads
I am afraid that I will be one of the lone voices saying that I didn't particularly care for The Way We Fall. The concept was very intriguing - a virus sweeps across a small Canadian island quickly taking lives before anyone can figure out what the cause is. However, I felt a little bored by it and I never developed a strong interest in the characters.
Kaelyn begins writing in a journal that she hopes to give to her once-best-friend, Leo when she sees him next. The journal starts at the beginni
Jul 16, 2016 SeaBook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Takhle má vypadat dokonala apokalyptická kniha ❤❤
When I requested The Way We Fall from NetGalley, I was under the assumption that this was another dystopian or post-apocalyptic read, this is not exactly the case. The Way We Fall is set on an island that is quarantined because of an outbreak of a dangerous flu-like virus that is killing people. It is never made clear whether this virus is world-wide or confined only to this island so I don't know that I would describe this as either dystopian or post-apocalyptic. However, this is just the first ...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
4/5 Stars

The Way We Fall, Megan Crewe's second novel, takes all the potential I saw in Give Up the Ghost and capitalizes on it. She's switched genres and found somewhere where I think she can really thrive. It's a good small-scale dystopian (but I think the scale will grow in the next book). Recently I said to myself "Maybe I should give the dystopians a rest." But I'm glad I didn't. This book proves that dystopian isn't quite over yet. It's a worthwhile book--not too futuristic and grounded en
“Most people think the scariest thing is knowing that you’re going to die. It’s not. It’s knowing you might have to watch every single person you’ve ever loved – or even liked – waste away while you just stand there.”

There was something extremely enjoyable about this novel that I loved from the very start but unfortunately resulted in a mediocre overall opinion. The writing pace was very slow and detailed which reminded me a lot of The Age of Miracles (which I loved). I enjoy a slow build-up eve
Lisa Mandina
Sep 08, 2011 Lisa Mandina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was unsure whether to go ahead and post a review of this since it doesn't come out until January, but saw that everyone else seemed to, so here goes.

Again, people call this a dystopian book, but to me this isn't what I consider dystopian. It is science fiction to me. There is a disease that starts to take out a whole island population, I think in Canada. Of course the government decides on a quarantine to keep it contained. This virus starts by making you feel like you have the flu, then you b
Debbie I Heart YA Books
The Way We Fall is a different kind of Dystopia. Megan Crewe has created a Dystopian world on an Island. What could be more terrifying than knowing that just across is the mainland you can get food, water, medicine, but you’re not allowed to leave. Crewe took me into Kaelyn’s life which is a living hell. The author has written an awesome, chilling, heart-felt novel. I felt every bit of Kaelyn’s fear, loss and hopelessness of having no power to fight an enemy you can’t even see. Crewe is an amazi ...more
The Way We Fall is a captivating and scary novel told through letters. Kaelyn's island has fallen victim to a deadly virus that is quickly sweeping its way through the population. Kaelyn tells this story with letters to an ex-friend of hers who now lives off the island. I thought the letters were heartfelt and well told, but I didn't find Kaelyn's voice all that convincing. She just seemed so much younger than sixteen to me though this did get slightly better towards the end of the book.

Other th
Megan Haynes
Jan 17, 2012 Megan Haynes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone!
I won this in the Goodreads First reads giveaway, and woooow, is it an amazing book! I couldn't put it down :)

I love books like this: epidemics, diseases, etc - if you liked the movie Contagion or the Happening, you'll probably like this book :)

I found Kaelyn relatable, too, because I also struggle with anti social problems ;p

Here are the problems I had with it:
1) Leo > Gav, to me and I never really liked Tessa. (ESPESCIALLY when she got mad at Kaelyn. How selfish of her?)

2) On page 299, ther
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Well, that was a study in how not to end a novel. I feel shortchanged and frustrated - swapping one plotline for another without any resolution? Uuuugh. This was sadly a novel that didn't live up to its hype - it felt shallow, with fairly bland characters. I was mildly invested but there's a dearth of detail/background/solid footing that leaves this novel feeling wanting, especially science-wise. It also takes itself perhaps a tad too seriously. Anyway: now to wait for the inevitable and forthco ...more
So there is a disease spreading in a geographically isolated community, an island. The setting is perfect for an apocalyptic event. Kind of like how an abandoned summer camp is perfect for a horror movie -- all alone, set away from society. Gradually the island is cut off from the rest of the world and as the title suggests, not so gradually society unravels. This had all the makings to be a great read. But something kept it from being great; it was, however, more than just an average read. The ...more
Okay - hora da resenha! :)

Eu gostei desse livro. Como as três estrelas já avisam: I liked it. Não foi um livro incrível que abalou as estruturas da minha vida, mas também não foi um livro tão ruim que me traumatizou. Longe disso, até. O Fim de Todos Nós desenrola sua trama de forma muito plausível.

Mas vamos pelo começo: o livro conta a história de uma comunidade que vive em uma ilha na costa do Canadá, comunidade esta que, de repente, é colocada em quarentena quando um vírus se espalha sorratei
Amie Kaufman
Aug 14, 2011 Amie Kaufman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, dystopian
Let’s start off with this: I love a good plague story. I’m a pretty cheery person, but there’s just something about that terrifying enemy you can’t see that does it for me.

But because I’m a plague fan, I set the bar pretty high. I’m hard to impress. THE WAY WE FALL impresses me on every level. The book tells the story of a small island off the coast of Canada, and what happens when a plague hits, and they're isolated from the mainland. The book is told in journal format, as our protagonist Kaely
Jun 03, 2012 Vendea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-own, rc
Věřte mi, že destinace, kde knihu čtete, hodně ovlivní váš názor. I když jste na pláži, kde šumí vlnky a svítí slunko, nepomáhá to. Ne u knihy, jako je tahle. Možná za to může fakt, že se děj odehrává na ostrově a část knihy je umístěna i do přístavu. Na ostrově vypukl virus, který se šíří a většinu lidí pomalu zabíjé. Hrozná smrt. Celá kniha je psaná ve formě dopisů kamarádovi hlavní hrdinky, která se pomalu ocitá v chaosu. O těhlech věcech s virusem jsem viděla pouze filmy. Teprve teď jsem měl ...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
Sixteen-year-old Kaelyn is living on a Canadian island when a viral epidemic occurs. People she’s known for her whole life start to get sick: 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.

Kaelyn has faith in the government, believes that they’ll do everything they can to dis
Apr 28, 2016 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This just didn't work for me for a few reasons. I was intrigued by the premise (island community is plagued by a mysterious deadly virus and quarantined) and so expecting a lot more action and suspense then there actually was. There were points when I was just totally bored. It seemed like the plot was very repetitive--it's basically Kaeyln going back and forth between the hospital, her home, and various projects that she creates/signs up for to try to help. I also didn't buy the epistolary form ...more
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3 1/2 stars

Kaelyn and her family have recently moved back to “the island” where she grew up before moving to Toronto five years earlier. The story is told in first-person POV through Kaelyn’s eyes, in the form of journal entries to her friend Leo. The actual story behind Kaelyn and Leo’s relationship is revealed pretty gradually, most coming in the second half of the book.

The first 1/3 of the book moves quite slowly. Ms. Crewe works hard a
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Kaelyn lives on an island off the shore of Canada. When a mysterious illness starts sweeping through the community, she assumes that her father who is a microbiologist will soon help the hospital staff to treat the virus; until people start dying from it.
Suddenly the island is under quarantine, people are starting to act like vigilantes, and even more people are dying.
What is this mysterious illness? Is there a cure? Can they find it in time? And h
Sep 03, 2011 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First Impression:
I enjoyed Megan Crewe's first book and was excited to see that this one tackled a virus going out of control on an island.

While Reading:
The voice of Kaelyn rings out strong straight from the beginning. She's missing her best friend, whom she didn't have a chance to mend their friendship before he left the island. Kaelyn is now back to stay on the island for a while. The Way We Fall is written as a journal from Kaelyn to Leo, her best friend and maybe something more if she had fi
I absolutely loved the way this book was written. The journal style gave us one person's (Kaelyn) perspective of the events, while tying them in with the emotional situation she is going through with the person she is writing to (Leo, her former best friend).

I thought this was a cleverly written story. The accounts Kaelyn gives of the sequence of events that occur as a virus begins killing off people on the island where she lives, are real and terrifying. She describes them in startling detail a
Nov 25, 2015 Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2015
I love stories that give a totally new spin on an idea that have been used in countless books: the virus epidemic. In the YA genre, tales about a deadly virus epidemic tend to follow a similar pattern. With that in mind, I expected this book would do the same. Luckily for me, it didn’t.

The Way We Fall has many surprises in store. I enjoyed it even more because the story is narrated by a kick-ass protagonist. Not because she’s tough or takes no nonsense, but because she’s levelheaded, responsible
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Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and son (and does on occasion say "eh"), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and she's spent the last six years studying kung fu, so you should probably be nice to her. She has been making up stories about magic and ...more
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