Early 5bat! Review: The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

January 20, 2012 Review 6 ★★★★★

The Way We Fall Title: The Way We Fall
AuthorMegan Crewe
Series: The Way We Fall #1
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic YA
Excerpt: Yes | Source: Netgalley | Reviewer: Julia

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; January 24, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 1423146166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423146162

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Sexual Content:

Kissing.


Rating:

Near Perfect – Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend.


Description

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?

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

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 journal falls from her hands… I read each page on the edge of my seat, anxious to know if I was close to the end and at the same time dreading what the end might bring. Crewe does a fantastic job balancing interest between the epidemic and it’s victims.  Watching the community convulse as people fall to the disease was intellectually riveting, and feeling the Kaelyn’s fear and pain for her friends and loved ones is heartbreaking. At the same time, THE WAY WE FALL weaves in questions of identity, race, morality, and the simple purity of a teenager struggling with first love.

Of all the YA post-apocalyptic stories I’ve read lately, The Hunger Games series and ASHES, ASHES being two examples, THE WAY WE FALL felt infinitely more immediate and intimate.  While there is less over the top drama, this story will stick with me all the more for it’s honesty and simplicity.  Enthralled against my will, I wasn’t ready for the moment when Kaelyn’s journal ended and I had to come up for breath.  I still don’t like epistolary novels, but I loved THE WAY WE FALL.

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6 Responses to “Early 5bat! Review: The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe”

  1. Bibliotropic

    I just started reading this one last night, and I'm looking forward to really getting into the real meat of the story. I've heard quite a few good things about it from other blogs and reviews, and I hope I'm not disappointed. Though so far, if the writing style is any indication, that alone is worthy of praise even if the story doesn't turn out too well!

  2. Julia

    Luckily, I missed out on hype before I picked this one up, so I came in with a clean set of expectations. I really don't like epistolary novels, so if nothing else, I was not excited. Ultimately, however, THE WAY WE FALL really won me over and my copy has already made it to my husband's nightstand (he loves post-apocalyptic anything, and he was so angry at the end of ASHES I promised THE WAY WE FALL would be more to his liking). The reviews I linked to weren't wowed by the story, though, so I think it's safe to say that this one is going to come down to personal taste. I hope you like it!

  3. Rain Maiden

    Would this be the first 5bat review of the year? It's sounds like a book that I can't pass up on. Thanks for the review.

  4. Julia

    Hope you like it, Rain! This book was definitely not one I expected to like, but it completely won me over.

  5. Julia

    Thanks for stopping by, Jen. I love how you break your reviews into sections, I'll definitely be popping in to find all the books that get high marks for "snuggles" :-)