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The Lives We Lost (Fallen World #2)

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First, the virus took Kaelyn’s friends. Then, her family. Now it’s taken away her home.

But she can't look back—the life she once had is gone forever.


A deadly virus has destroyed Kaelyn’s small island community and spread beyond the quarantine. No one is safe. But when Kaelyn finds samples of a vaccine in her father's abandoned lab, she knows there m...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Disney Hyperion (first published February 3rd 2013)
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karen

were i feeling at all ambitious or clever right now, i would write this review as a continuation of the conceit i chose for the first book's review; a "round two" if you will, but both ambition and cleverness are eluding me right now.

all i can do is say it is more.

more running from exposure to the deadly virus, and more running from those who would try to take the potential vaccine from kaelyn, more disappointment, more confusing feelings in the form of a trembling love triangle, more hope, more...more
Megan Crewe
Feb 02, 2012 Megan Crewe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
My book, so of course I love it! :)

Early readers who were very fond of THE WAY WE FALL have said they enjoyed this one even more. Here's hoping you all will feel the same!
Delee
3.5

THE LIVES WE LOST- The second book of the "Fallen World" trilogy- picks up where The Way We Fall left off. Leo has arrived on the island and Kaelyn has set aside her journal for now...

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With her father dead- Kaelyn goes to his lab and finds his journals, and samples of a vaccine he was working on. She decides she must leave the Island in search of someone who can possibly finish what her father started. Kaelyn's friends agree, and they head off to Ottawa- hoping someone there can help them.

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Katie (Books and Katie)
Maybe I hadn't found what I'd hope for, maybe the world was horribly messed up and would never again be the way it used to be. But the people in it were still worth fighting for. We hadn't lost everything.

Rating: ★★★★★

Summary:

It's been weeks since the last time contact has been made to the mainland, and all hope has been lost that the islanders will ever recieve the help they desperately need. No one could have imagined, however, that it is just as bad- if not worse- on the mainland than the is...more
Kate
I've been very, very impatiently waiting for this book to come out, technically I should still be waiting, but by an excellent stroke of luck I got the book from NetGalley. I was actually terrified to start it- I was so in love with the first book that I was concerned this book would disappoint me. It's happened before. Great first book, downer of a second and then by the time the third comes out you're only reading to know the ending.This book absolutely lived up to every high expectation I had...more
Ferdy
2.5 stars - Spoilers

This wasn't quite as enjoyable as the first book, The Way We fell. The Way We Fell was written in a diary format, which I felt added a serious and desperate tone to the story. Whereas, the first person narrative in The Lives We Lost made everything less tense, less engaging and less serious. I'm hoping the next book goes back to the diary format.

It was still an okay read but I wasn't enamoured or gripped with anything. The plot itself was rather unimaginative - Kae and co tra...more
Ellen
The Lives we Lost is the second book in The Fallen World Series and picks up where book one leaves off. Kaelyn and her friends live at ground zero, a small Canadian island that has been quarantined as a result of the "friendly flu virus," a virus that is deadly and has no cure. Kaelyn has lost family, friends, and loved ones as a result of the virus, and has somehow manged to be one of the only ones who survived a less potent strain of it, leaving her immune. Her little cousin Meredith is also i...more
Mike
Rewrite attempt number three. I am going to do this right this time.

The Lives We Lost is the sequel to The Way We Fall, which I frequently cite as the best book I've ever read. I know very few people will agree with me, but it's so rare that I see something so well written, something so honest and emotional - it impacted me in a way that very little else does. This wasn't quite as good, but it's still among my favorite books, and it's still close to my heart.

One of the biggest criticisms that Th...more
Aneeqah
Dec 31, 2013 Aneeqah marked it as to-read
Shelves: dystopia
UPDATE: Guess who won an ARC of this? I know you're jealous! ;) SO excited to pick this one up now. =)

Reeeeally looking forward to this one! I'm interested to see what the author is going to do with this one, because I felt like the first book could have easily been a standalone, if the author added a few more pages.
Isamlq
Oh, second book, you... why is there nothing great I can recall from you? Your ending has saved you and so have a couple of key moments but truthfully, nothing much happens except! Of course, there’s Kae being all brave and gung ho about taking things in her hands and the rest of them following along. And then there’s also a bit of Leo and him finally opening up, his whole bit about people about being good but circumstances forcing them to be different. I liked that part... it’s the most honestl...more
EsmeButterfly
Es una lástima que Aislados, la primera parte de la trilogía El mundo en ruinas, no sea más conocida, ya que todas las personas que conozco que la han leído han quedado tan encantadas con su lectura como yo. Me parece que la trama principal de esta trilogía es bastante original dentro de lo que veo últimamente en el género juvenil, pues a pesar de parecer una historia medio apocalíptica más, no habla de zombis ni del fin del mundo ni de una catástrofe de la naturaleza. Tal y como dice el título...more
Sheree
I love a 'good' deadly virus story, probably because it's not too far removed from reality, nothing like a dose of paranoia and fear to get a germ-o-phobe's heart racing. The Lives We Lost is told as a regular narrative unlike the diary entry - letter format of the 1st book and I have to say it added a different dimension - heightened suspense and action.

Kaelyn, Meredith, Gav, and Tessa leave their decimated island community for the mainland and learn as they travel across Canada that the virus...more
Jon
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The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe is the follow-up to the Way We Fall. I have pretty mixed feelings about this book, one on hand I did enjoy reading but on the other hand it was very basic dystopian. In The Lives We Lost Kaelyn and her friends try to find someone to replicate a vaccine for the devastating "Friendly Flu".

The Lives We Lost is filled to the brim with action and romance. The action packed scenes were pretty intense and were definitely a treat to read. The act...more
*Lynn*
Mar 13, 2013 *Lynn* rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favorites
The Lives We Lost is one of my favorite books so far this year. I was kind of worried about reading the second book in this series because we all know the curse that hangs over the second book in a series. But this book seemed to beat the odds (for me at least). I enjoyed this book much more than I did The Way We Fall. The story picks up right where The Way We Fall ended. There is a lot happening and the author introduces us to new characters. The book is intense and had me glued to the pages....more
Kristen
Really having enjoyed the first in this series, I was eager to pick up The Lives We Lost. Kaelyn has to make a choice of leaving the island she feels safe on so that she can bring the vaccine her father created to someone who can replicate it. At first, she is just going to journey with her boyfriend Gav, but an attack on the island leaves her friends no choice but to come along to the mainland. Together they must find a way to survive with the help of Tobias, the soldier who warned them of the...more
Brandy
Kaelyn has lost a normal life to the virus that has decimated North America. She has lost most of her family and friends, and now she will lose her home. When she finds samples of a vaccine in her dad's lab, she decides that it is up to her to get the vaccine to scientists that can test and utilize it. When she and her companions step foot off the island, they are not prepared for how far the virus has spread and how far civilization has fallen. Will she and her friends be able to stay safe as t...more
Trisha
As gritty and as somber a survival book as you'll ever find. The first in this series was a beautiful quiet book full of sad realisations and desperate clinging to life.

This was is just as beautiful, just as sad and yet more action packed with Kaelyn and her friends having to make some tough decisions. I didn't agree with a lot of them, although they are clearly sensible and realistic in the light of the chaos around them.

I came to love all of her new crew and am unhappy with the turn of events...more
Lauren
I thought The Way We Fall was amazing, but this one? This one was SPECTACULAR! Full of action, adventure, and romance, The Livers We Lost didn't have one lackluster moment. I can't wait to get my hands on the third one!

Review coming soon...
Paradoxical
There are things that I really liked in the second book of the Fallen World series (the ending, for example) and other things that just made me unhappy (love triangles, general idiocy). They balance themselves out for the most part, though I wish that the beginning and middle of the book was anywhere near as good as the end.

Now that Kaelyn has a few vials of a vaccine, she and her friends race around Canada, trying to find people who are able to replicate what Kaelyn's father has created. Excep...more
Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
What an outstanding read! I loved book one in the Fallen World series, The Way We Fall, but The Lives We Lost was even better. I had no idea Crewe would take the story in the direction she did, and I loved it. My only complaint is that now I have to wait for book three to be released to find out how it all ends.

One of my favorite things to read about is character growth, and The Lives We Lost had it in spades. I loved watching the characters adapt as the situation they were in demanded. Instead...more
Kay
(3,5/5)

When I read The Way We Fall last year, it was one of my favorite post-apocalytic novel of 2012. I loved the quiet pace, the introspective aspect of the narration, the gloomy atmosphere and the absence of the typical love triangle. It made the book feel more realistic and mature, and I was excited to see where the story would go from there.

The Lives We Lost took a bit of a different route; from the start, the danger is more present as the characters find themselves on the road. If the dang...more
Mary (BookHounds)
MY THOUGHTS
LOVED IT

***spoilers if you haven't read the first book***

This second installment of The Fallen World picks right up where the first one left off. The group of teens are trying to survive with limited resources and Kaelyn find her father's work on a vaccine for the virus that kills people within days and has decimated the world. Leo, her boyfriend and best guy friend, Gav decide to head off the island and take the cure to the capitol in hopes that someone there can replicate it. Her co...more
Rachel
The Lives We Lost was just as captivating as The Way We Fall. If you haven't read The Way We Fall yet, stop reading this right now and go order a copy of that book first. This isn't a series that I would suggest jumping into in the middle of it. From the moment I read the synopsis of TWWF I knew I wanted to read it. I am fascinated by the spread of deadly viruses and I enjoy reading nonfiction books like The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story and Virus X: Tracking the New Killer Plagues, so I was...more
TheBookSmugglers
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

When the deadly "Friendly Flu" sweeps through Kaelyn's island home, the Canadian government immediately quarantines the isolated location, hoping to staunch the spread of the virus. On the island, things have been bad - Kaelyn has seen the death of many neighbors to the virus (she's barely survived the flu's effects herself) and her parents have succumbed not only to the virus but to the ensuing chaos on the island. After her microbiologist father's death...more
Me
This book is amazing. Although like the first book it doesn't carry such a strong emotional impact (maybe it's just me). I guess on a personal level I just can't feel the character's emotions. I thankfully have never had to survive an epidemic.
What I love about this book so much is that the characters don't make the same mistakes you see over and over again in YA lit. In any other book you'd expect that they'd drop everything for family, or that the heroine would forget everything in a love tri...more
Eden
There are two main arcs to this book: the characters' survival, and the characters' emotional development. Unfortunately, the first isn't engaging enough to carry the story. Even though realistic living needs problems come up and the setting changes regularly, the issues faced by our group of characters grow to become repetitive and a little boring; they simply aren't gripping enough to base the story around. So when the emotional tribulations come around, they're welcome, as we get to see a rel...more
Rebecca
I heard a quote once, saying that readers read books the way a human being breathes, to fill up and to live. I was filled up, consumed by this novel for the entire week it took me to read it (which I might add is a new record for me in my college life). I wasn't so sure when the journal format wasn't there, but it was still the same edge and the same suspense that kept me going with the first book in the series. It's not the edge of something always happening. Your heart isn't always pounding. B...more
Jessica
Really enjoyed Book 2 of the Fallen World Trilogy. I love that these books take place in Canada for one. I don't think I have ever read a book where the characters are from Canada let alone from the Maritimes or at least close to. It's really nice to read and a lot easier for me to picture the characters and their surroundings with them being from Canada.

I love the fact that Kae is head strong and compassionate in such a sick & scary world. Her friends stand by her no matter what. I come to...more
Ashley
To be honest, I didn't really have high expectations for this book. I loved The Way We Fall , but as I've mentioned, I hate unknowingly starting a series. Lightning doesn't always strike the same place twice. Luckily, the second book in the Fallen World trilogy exceeded my expectations. It was just as good as the first book, but more. And, as much as I hate to admit it, I'm glad to find myself reading this series, and eagerly anticipating the conclusion ... if I can wait that long!!!
Wendy
In this novel Kaelyn and her friends strike across the virus infested mainland to find scientists or doctors who can replicate the vaccine her father created. The journey is filled with pitfalls and challenges as the group face new enemies,make new friends and discover their inner strengths and weaknesses. The novel could be said to be a study in relationships -renewal, self-sacrifice and loyalty - as the group struggles to stay alive and to preserve and deliver the gift of hope that is the vacc...more
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