Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: January 24th, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Series: The Way We Fall #1
Source: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
I love dystopian novels. I love post-apocalyptic novels. But there’s no denying the market is saturated right now with these types of books. So in order to blow me away, a dystopian or post-apocalyptic story has to be fantastic. There needs to be something that sets it apart from all the other books in the genre that are like it. And I’m sorry to say that The Way We Fall didn’t really work for me in that respect. I have just read SO many books about the same thing over and over again and this one didn’t bring anything new to the table.
I did like that there was a quarantine on an island and I did like that the storyline involved a disease that made its victims behave strangely, but that’s the only thing that set it apart from the usual fare. And it’s not like that idea was original either. It was kind of cool though that the island inhabitants had no escape. And I liked the fact that some people went nuts and started forming gangs to loot buildings and kill the people that had come down with the virus. Because no one could escape, it created a sense of urgency that made me want to keep reading. And I held my breath a few times. And it also felt realistic because something like this could actually happen. But, that’s it.
The diary style that the book was written in didn’t really work for me. It’s very hard to make that type of book work anyway, but for this type of book it didn’t work at all, because world-building is so important in dystopian novels, and there was very little world-building at all. It was VERY hard to picture the setting because there were practically no descriptive passages, which I was very disappointed about.
And then there was the character development. Or rather, lack thereof. All the characters’ voices were the same. It was very hard to distinguish one from the other. The only way to tell was by the different names. But again, that had a lot to do with the diary style the book was written in. I also felt very detached from the characters.
The Way We Fall was a decent read, but I wouldn’t write home to mother about it. It was enjoyable, but once I was done I forgot about it and moved on. The details have already slipped my mind. And I’m really disappointed about that.
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