Friday, February 24, 2012

Review: The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

Summary/Cover Image from Barnes and Noble:
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?

Megan Crewe crafts a powerful and gripping exploration of self-preservation, first love, and hope. Poignant and dizzying, this heart-wrenching story of one girl’s bravery and unbeatable spirit will leave readers fervently awaiting the next book in this standout new series.
Review:

After reading Megan Crewe's amazing '09 debut Give Up the Ghost, I couldn't wait to read more by her, so when I heard about The Way We Fall, I knew I had to read it, even though I barley knew a thing about it at the time. As it turns out, I'm glad I felt that way, because The Way We Fall is a crazy, suspenseful read perfect for fans of Dystopian lit...trust me!

One of my favorite aspect about this book was the way it was told! When I first heard that The Way We Fall would be told through Kaelyn's letters to her (former) best friend, I was weary and even a bit hesitant to read it. I worried that it wouldn't fully capture the story, or provide enough development. However, from the first entry, my worries were thrown right out the door, because not only did it provide an even deeper look into Kaelyn's feelings and thoughts as the virus began its descent, but it also managed to give this book a fast paced feeling as while being well developed. Basically, it was the perfect way in which to tell the story, in my opinion.

Moving on, I really enjoyed the characters in this one as well. In the beginning of the book (before the virus begins), Kaelyn remarks that she would like nothing more than to be a more social and outgoing person due to her past mistakes that came from her being the opposite of just that, and as the book continued, just that occurred, even though it probably wasn't the way in which she would have liked it to occur. What I liked most about Kaelyn's character, though, was how dedicated and driven she was to her family to helping find a cure to the viruses to her friends and even to the letters she wrote. It made her a well rounded as well as likable person, that's for sure. I also enjoyed the variety of secondary characters that were introduced in this. Meredith, Gav, Tessa would probably have to be my favorites based on their actions alone, but I also really enjoyed reading about Kaelyn's parents as well as her brother. I'm also very curious to find out more about Leo, the person whose Kaelyn's letters are addressed to, in the sequel.

The plot in this one was heartbreaking, suspenseful, and just outright amazing to say the least. The development of the viruses as well as the action and developments that came with it were hauntingly realistic, in my opinion. In all sincerity, I could see something like this occurring in the near future, and that's part of what made this book so griping, in my opinion. What I also enjoyed about the plot in this one was the various relationships as well as friendships that developed because of it. Each managed to add an interesting addition to the novel, ones that The Way We Fall would be incomplete without. Lastly, the ending of this one was superb! It contained just the perfect amount of closure as well as openness to have me clamoring for a copy of the sequel.

Bittersweet as well as suspenseful, The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe is nearly perfect!

Grade: A+

The Way We Fall (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads) is now out!

Source: Publicity Firm/Publisher- Thanks Big Honcho Media and Hyperion! 

4 comments:

  1. This one really sounds like one I will love! I need to get it asap. Great review!

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  2. Thank you for the review. I honestly paid no attention to this book before. Unfortunately, I judged it by its cover.

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  3. I am happy to hear such a positive review! I just received my copy today and immediately started reading it. This makes me want to close the computer and go read it!

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  4. It was so interesting to read this book before society collapses as well as being told through letters/diary entries-I love stories like that and those little touches really help this book stand out and carve its own unique spot.

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