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{January 20, 2012}   {ARC Review} The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

From Goodreads: 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?

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This novel is unique in that it is an epistolary novel, told through diary entries as Kaelyn writes to the “man of her dreams” during what begins as a simple “flu” epidemic and turns into much more.  Epistolary novels are my favorite as they allow the reader to piece things together, although Crewe did a great job filling in all the blanks to make it easier on the reader.  Kaelyn is an extremely interesting character, adding much to the novel as she recounts each day she is marooned on her island, watching as the sickness comes and takes nearly everyone away.  This is a sad but triumphant novel; a scary look into the future should an uncontrollable epidemic breaks out.  This raw look at humanity makes it a scary novel as families, and then individuals, begin to spout the “each man for himself” attitude that is so familiar whenever fear strikes the heart.  This is a very compelling read.  Four stars.

Disney-Hyperion has been extremely gracious in allowing my to read an ARC of this novel prior to its release on January 24, 2012.

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mamabunny13 says:

I’m intrigued by this storyline. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks for your review.



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Denise Z says:

I am looking forward to this one. Sometimes the diary style is a little hard for me to follow, but other times they grab you in :) Looking forward to finding out myself.



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