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The Way We Fall

(Fallen World #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  7,750 ratings  ·  1,074 reviews
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 saying goodbye, she never dre
Hardcover, 309 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.

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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 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
I wrote it, so I guess it goes without saying I like it! :D
Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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

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
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
2.5 Stars

Not sure this was quite the read for me. It took awhile to get use to the set up and I didn't feel connected to any of the characters. The story itself was good though, definitely interesting. For now I'm going to give this 2.5 to 3 stars because it wasn't bad and the writing was good.
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. ...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
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
Jodi P
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
“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
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
Lisa Mandina
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
rather okay.
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
3.5 stars

The Way We Fell is written in diary form from the perspective of a teenage girl called Kaelyn. Kaelyn lives on a remote island in Canada, she decides to write a journal for her childhood best friend and crush Leo, who she has not spoken to in 2 years. Leo has left the island to attend school in New York and Kaelyn plans to use the journal to straighten things out with him when he comes back from school.
Kaelyn's entries start of that of a typical teenager, with her trying to make more an
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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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
Sarah Elizabeth
(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
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star

“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.”

Which is worse: something deadly you can see, or an invisible killer. If you chose the latter, then get ready for one scary ride.

The Way We Fall is by no means a scary book. It's not one of those books where you sleep with the lights on, checking to make sure you ha
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Kristen Harvey
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
loved it!! cvant wait for this weekned to pick up the rest of the series !! really easy to read :) this is one of those books that i love but at it at the same time :O stuff that happens n this :c
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