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The Way We Fall (Fallen World #1)

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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 sixteen-year-old Kaelyn lets her best friend leave for school without sayin...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
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karen

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...more
Megan Crewe
Jun 28, 2011 Megan Crewe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
I wrote it, so I guess it goes without saying I like it! :D
Reynje
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...more
Delee
3.5

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 the two friend...more
Giselle
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...more
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...more
Jodi Papazian
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...more
Donna  Happy Booker
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...more
Mike
I am going to write this review, and I am going to get it fucking right.

I first read this book when I had just come to GoodReads. I wasn't very experienced in reviewing, and my reviews weren't very detailed or interesting to look at. I like to think that that's changed now; they're better, in any case. And this book deserves one of those reviews. Because in all honesty, this is the best book I've ever read. I know I'm far (far, far) in the minority about that, but I've never read a book that was...more
Bonnie
“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...more
Nicola
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...more
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
Megan Haynes
Mar 14, 2012 Megan Haynes rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Regina
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
Vendea Eclee
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
Amie Kaufman
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...more
Kat
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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...more
Sarah
(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...more
Charlotte
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...more
*Lynn*
Jul 20, 2012 *Lynn* rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of post-apocalyptic or pandemic
Recommended to *Lynn* by: goodreads
The Way We Fall has a slow start. It took me quite a while to get into the story. I think about a hundred or so pages in is where I finally got into it. The main character Kaelyn is a bit annoying and I found it hard to like her at first. But she grew on me as the story went on. The book is all about surviving and Kaelyn is put through so much in this story that although I found her to be weak and I thought she was making too many bad choices, at the end, I saw how strong she actually was.
The l...more
Debbie (at) 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
Kristen
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...more
Simcsa
I have always loved catastrophic movies and my favorites where those with a disease outbreak. The Way We Fall heavily reminds me of them.

- the cover? gorgeous
- the cliffhanger ending? it wasn't needed.
- my dear diary? (or Leo) not suitable for this type of story
- emotional attachment to the characters? almost non-existent
- the disease outbreak? give me more of it
- overall? 4 stars with a little of nostalgia
Deborah Andreasen
Holy cow. Holy. Cow.

This book was completely different than other dystopian, apocalyptic, end-of-the-world, society is ravished by a disease novels.

The Way We Fall is written as a journal of letters Kaelyn writes to her estranged best friend, Leo. The letters start off as whimsical memories and long-harbored guilt. Slowly they turn to the curious events of a strange illness that is spreading throughout their secluded island off the coast of Canada.


Then the letters turn horrific as the disease...more
Elizabeth B
While the premise is a good one, I had a LOT of problems with this book. Supposedly, it is a collection of letters written to her former best friend Leo but except for the date entries, very few are in letter format and, instead, are written in novel type prose. This bothered me more than it should have I suppose but it drove me crazy that we were to believe these letters that were fully formed dialogue (with tags no less!) were simple notes written to a friend. Why not pick one or the other sty...more
Shellie
4.5 stars

Kaelyn lives on a remote island, she is a normal girl living a normal life, until one day things aren't normal on her island any longer. People are getting sick and dying, their island is quarantined, and then it starts to affect the people that she loves.

This is a great book about survival and enduring, even when things seem to hard to endure. There is of course some romance mixed in there, because really, what would a girl on a remote, quarantined island have to live for if not rom...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
I've never liked epistolary novels. When I opened THE WAY WE FALL and read the first page of Kaelyn’s journal, my heart fell. And then I read another page and another... and I was entirely swept away. Don’t pick up THE WAY WE FALL unless you have time to finish it; once you flip that first page you’ll want to stay until the end.

Reading Kaelyn's one-sided letters is at once claustrophobically intimate and frustratingly sparse. The gaps between sections, the paragraphs that cut off when the journa...more
Karina
Oh my gosh this was soo good!

If there's one type of book I really like, besides fantasy, it has to be books like this. The kind with major catastrophy. Where all hope seems lost until one beacon appears and changes it all. It's different than dystopians, because stories like these take place in current times and manipulates current events and fears to entice the reader.

I could not stop reading this book! I'm sick with the flu and I still kept going even though I was half falling asleep. I woke u...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
In a lot of ways this book reminded me of Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, which I hated. Thankfully, I did not hate this one. The similarities are in the narrator and the scope of the story. Kaelyn and Miranda, at least at the outset are pretty similar characters, although Miranda is much more social. Both are whiny and a bit selfish at the beginning though.

Both stories are also written in a diary format, although Miranda writes hers to herself and Kaelyn writes to her friend Leo, in p...more
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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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