The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Genres: Post Apocalyptic
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 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?
The Way We Fall came as kind of a surprise for me. I was thinking that it was going to be an average type read for me, because I hadn’t heard too many raving reviews about it. But I think I was even surprised by how much I ended up liking The Way We Fall. It was a fantastic survival story.
First off, I really liked the style of this book. It was written as a journal/letter to one of Kaeyla’s old friends, Leo. We got to see what happened with their friendship, without annoying flashbacks happening out of the blue. And I thought the narrative style was unique and fresh. It was first person, yes, but it was also past tense, which is kind of rare in the YA world [or, at least in my opinion], because the main character is writing about the events after they happened, since it’s a journal. Most of the time with 1st person, it’s always in the present tense. I thought it was kind of cool how in this book, it was so unique.
I liked the main character. At first, I wasn’t a huge fan of our main character Kaeyla, because she was so insanely shy. But I ended up really liking her at the end. She went through some hard times in the book, and she wasn’t the same old wimpy girl she was in the beginning. The character development in her was so subtle, I didn’t realize she was so changed by the end of the book until I thought a lot about it afterwards. Usually I can catch the character development in a story happening, but everything flowed so seamlessly in this book. It was wonderful. . Overall, Kaeyla was a lovely main character.
I really liked how realistic this story was. I can totally see this type of thing happening in our world today [which, I think makes this book kind of scary]. A mysterious new disease on an island, followed by a quarantine is very likely. And then we’re likely to forget about that island. It seems like such a big possibility. Everything, in the book really. There was some stealing involved in this book and some random acts of violence as well. That’s all a natural human response, that’s bound to happen if you’re in a quarantine when food supplies are running out. That made the book so much better, for me.
The one really negative thing I guess I have to say about this book is that it’s kind of slow-paced. Don’t get me wrong, there were some great plot twists that really kept me reading, but overall, the pace of the book was kind of slow. In the beginning especially, nothing much was happening in certain times. Just at some points, nothing was really happening. So I can really see how people wouldn’t like this book because of the slowness.
Overall, I ended up really liking this book. The characters were really great, and so was the style of writing. The only negative thing I have to say would be that it was slightly slow-paced. If you’re a fan of dystopia/post-apocalyptic, you definitely need to give this book a shot!