There are so many young adult dystopian novels these days. How do you decide which ones stand out enough to read if you can’t read them all? Well, all I can say is that The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe is definitely one of the few that stand out from the rest!
Imagine waking up one morning with an itch in your throat. Throughout the day you might start feeling itchy all over. So what happens if it doesn’t go away? What if it turns into a fever with horrible delusions? What if it ultimately kills you? And then…what if everyone around you finds out it is contagious?
This is the world Kaelyn and the people on her small Canadian island suddenly wake up in. When they are cut off from the rest of the world – they have to figure out what to do. The Way We Fall is told through Kaelyn’s journal entries, she writes them as letters to her estranged best friend who currently lives off-island. Kae starts out as being a pretty shy, selfish (in other words: normal) teenager. By the end of the book, she is pretty fierce, y’all.
What makes The Way We Fall incredible is the way the community reacts. From the expected aholes that go nuts with guns, stealing and setting fires to the heroes that risk their lives to get food to the scared people that don’t want to leave home.
We also have an inside look at the chaos at the hospital because Kae’s dad is a doctor. From trying to grow foreign plants to looting abandoned homes for medicine – things get pretty desperate.
Seriously, The Way We Fall is so scary and so possible that it made my head spin. Megan Crewe is such a great writer! No unbelievable leaps, no weird characterization – everything is spot on realistic. The feelings of doom and hopelessness were so thick at times that I felt choked (in a reading an awesome book way, not in a catching a deadly virus way). Same goes with the fistpump-worthy moments of optimism and possibility.
Plus, hallelujah. The focus really is on the virus. On people’s desperation to live. I love romance novels…don’t get me wrong. I just don’t think that the main point of a dystopian novel should be romance. It should be survival. Luckily, Megan Crewe seems to agree. The Way We Fall does have an awesome romantic plotline woven in – very satisfying. But it isn’t the main point of the story either.
I have absolutely zero complaints about The Way We Fall. Other than the fact that it ended. I could have read about these characters forever! Luckily, this is the first of a trilogy. I can’t wait to get back to this world!
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