The Way We Fall: The Fallen World Trilogy by Megan CreweThe Way We Fall: The Fallen World Trilogy by Megan Crewe

The Way We Fall: The Fallen World Trilogy

byMegan Crewe

Hardcover | January 24, 2012

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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.
Megan Crewe( finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and three cats (and does on occasion say "eh"); she tutors teens with special needs; and-thankfully-the worst virus she's caught so far is the garden variety flu. Sh...
Title:The Way We Fall: The Fallen World TrilogyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:January 24, 2012Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423146166

ISBN - 13:9781423146162

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay book I think this book was okay: it wasn't bad but it wasn't a book that was mind boggling or really stood out on its own. I think the plot was really interesting and that's what made me get it in the first place. But when I started reading I felt as if the writing didn't really live up to the whole idea. The fact that the book was more like a journal was slightly confusing because I didn't know if she was writing a certain scene down or it was actually being told as it happened and not after. A few chapters ended with sentences that weren't complete and just skipped a line as if the journalist got distracted (which she did) but it just didn't fit in with the book. I got the part of why the book was in the form of a journal but it was like it wasn't executed very well. Parts of the book also seemed to drag on because the same things were always happening and nothing much really changed. I liked the characters and felt deeply sorry for Kae because she had already gone through so much and I understand why she felt the way she did at the cliff. The other characters were great as well and they all were affected in different ways that were interesting to read about. I did enjoy the book but my first impression was that I would love it and be totally hooked into the story. Unfortunately, the book just didn't end up the way I wanted it to.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great but it was a little dry It was really dry till you got halfway thought the book. And it was kinda disappointing at some parts because they didn't really describe things that they could have to make the book better. They just kinda left it. And also the plot was ok but I thought there was some stuff that could have been better. THe characters were good and there was real emotion behind what was going on but it wasn't really that detailed so it wasn't really that deep. It wasn't as good as I was hoping.
Date published: 2013-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful and Mysterious! The first novel in the Fallen World trilogy is an excellent beginning to the story of a truly frightening possibility faced by our world today. When a small island is infected with a mysterious illness, one of the residents, Kaelyn, begins to fear for the safety of those she loves. Megan Crewe has created a scenario that is scary because it is a completely plausible threat. It is one thing to read about aliens attacking Earth, but quite another to read about a killer virus that could just be a mutant strain of something out in the world right this moment. Megan has written a fantastic story. It is told through a series of journal entries to Kaelyn's friend, Leo, who has moved off the island. The journal entry format was used well to express the deep fears of Kaelyn, which are likely reflected in all of the residents. It also serves to make the story much more personal. With viruses it is so easy for the story to become about symptoms and statistics, but this format makes it about the people stuck in this situation and their families. It really helped me to connect with Kaelyn, as well, because it felt so honest. I thought the characters overall were well fleshed out and mostly likeable. Even the characters that didn't play as big a role, like Kaelyn's dad, were very realistic. His concern and his frustration felt genuine. Megan does really well at using the little things to make her characters come alive. There was a little romance included as well, which added a great element but didn't interfere with the real purpose of the story. I also loved the mystery that surrounded some of the characters, like Kaelyn's brother, Drew. There were many different aspects to the story which were meshed together extremely well. The way the illness was written was gripping and mysterious. I loved how little things were revealed bit by bit. I had so many questions about what was going on and they were answered one by one, keeping me constantly intrigued and in suspense. It was very well thought out! The reaction to the illness was also interesting - not only that of the islanders but also of the people on the mainland and the government. Conflicting views, misunderstandings, knee-jerk reactions... there was so much realism to the scenario which only accentuated how entirely possible this whole idea is. In all, this was a really great novel. Well written, suspenseful, and mysterious. There was great atmosphere and tension, and the feeling of alienation that takes over was great. In the end, I was left with many unanswered questions that I can't wait to see solved in the sequel, The Lives We Lost. 4.5 stars!
Date published: 2013-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!! Second….I don’t know what to say to describe this book.’Cause I’m speechless!”The way we fall” is just ….AMAZING!!I mean,I knew that Megan is an awesome author,but I didn’t expect at this! I read this amazing book in just one week,even if it’s in English.This is because of Megan’s style of writing.It makes you wanna read,and read,and read untill you don’t have what to read.Ok,I have to say:at the start,it can be a little boring,but as much as you read and you “discover”(or not-if you’ll read it,you’ll know what I mean.) you can’t stop reading and the book begins to be “unputdownable” Do you want to know which is the best part of “The way we fall”?Well,the best part is that it makes you see the life with another eyes.After you’ll read it,you’ll see how fragile the life is and how easy can we fall. I love the way that the story is told:Kaelyn is writing in her journal some letters for her friend,Leo.This is a new style,and I like it! I liked the characters.Kaelyn is the perfect main-character.Is strong,ambitious and the perfect friend.I felt a deep conection with her and ,sometimes,I felt what she felt,in a weird way.I don’t know how to explain exactly.The point is that I like Kaelyn a lot and I’m still wondering how the story ends.I can’t wait for the second book(I found out that “The way we fall” is part of a trilogy,”Fallen World”,and I am so happy about this!) because the first book left me with some questions. It’s interesting how the disease spreads.Also,the quarantine makes the story more believable and a little bit scarry…like a horror movie.Sometimes,I felt like I am part of a horror story and the author is Stephen King,not Megan Crewe.I liked this! I have to told the story again?I think everybody knows it!Ok,in large: Kaelyn lives with her family on an Island.The things look a little bit boring ,when a disease strike the island.No one knows what is happening.A lot of people die,and the doctors are desperate.Then,the island is in quarantine,And the rest…is in book!Or,in the sinopsis.:))
Date published: 2013-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Realistic thriller! It starts with a itch. Then you start sneezing. Then you get super friendly with your neighbours but none of them want to go near you because you're sick. But how do you say no to someone that's smiling and saying everything you want to hear? Well if you're smart, you find a way. Megan Crewe has taken a small vacation island and turned it into the breeding ground for a new virus. Our heroine, Kaelyn, wants to help in anyway she can but it's not as easy as it seems. Told through a series of letters to her friend Leo, who is no longer living on the island, we follow Kaelyn's journey as she discovers the virus, sees the virus and feels the virus affect everyone around her. She breaks my heart and I was rooting for her the entire time. The journal entry format made this book hard to put down. With its fast paced, action packed plot, with every turn of the page you wonder if she'll make it to the end. Her emotions are real and heartfelt and her reactions to the terrifying events taking place around her are believable. The minor characters react in every way you would think people might react in a situation like this. Some get angry and try to fight their way off the island. Some get even more angry and try to kill the virus through violence. Some hide, hoping to survive. Some help where they can to help others survive. Some die trying. A lot of the characters are too calm at points, points where I know if this was happening to me, I'd be screaming or too terrified to leave the house. But I'm not as brave as Kaelyn, I guess, who in the light of danger and death, keeps a cool head and continues to struggle to survive. She's not a quitter, that's for sure. I'm excited to read the sequel, now that the virus is spreading it will be interesting to see what Crewe does to advance this new disease. Her voice, dialogue and descriptions put me right onto the island with Kaelyn, and wondering when or if I will ever make it to the other side. "Most people think the scariest thing is knowing that you’re going to die. It’s not. It’s knowing you might have to watch every single person you’ve ever loved – or even liked – waste away while you just stand there."
Date published: 2013-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great journal narrative, great book! This book is in a journal narrative. I’ve known some that may not like that format - I’m okay with it as long as it’s interesting. For the majority of the book, it is VERY interesting. Kaelyn’s a great narrator. Everything is through her eyes, so you know her thoughts, but you can definitely feel her fears and her concerns. Especially her paranoia. Oh yes, you can feel it. I myself, started getting itchy all over just because the way she describes it gives you the heebie jeebies. (It’s like watching the movie Contagion...and having to wash your hands 6 times and getting nervous when the people around you start to cough). It’s interesting to note this takes place on a small island, so you’re not going to have a huge societal breakdown where massive amounts of chaos and anarchy come to life. Yes, there is a breakdown in order but nowhere near what you usually come across in books that take place in great metropolitan areas for example. Still, I like the way Kaelyn takes charge. I like how she manages to take care of Meredith despite all the circumstances. I just love her strength. It really resonates throughout the novel as the virus spreads. The virus itself is scary and well written. It’s enough to get you all paranoid and make you want to whip out the hand sanitizer every few minutes. There were moments of sheer rage in the book, just because some people just acted so stupid (realistic, however, given the circumstances) and I just about screamed for blood about the outcome of a certain character (not going to give it away!). So after reading all this, I had to ask myself; Where in the WORLD is Drew?!?!?! and the ending just got me impatient for the next one. This is definitely worth a read. YA Readers will gobble this up and enjoy reading it as much as I did!
Date published: 2012-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Compelling... I've never read a novel anything like The Way We Fall. Megan Crewe has taken your worst fears and brought them to life in an incredibly compelling way. Set on a fictional island in Nova Scotia, the novel is uniquely written in journal format as Kaelyn writes to her childhood friend, Leo, and chronicles everything happening around her as a deadly epidemic spreads across the island. As Kaelyn's life falls into chaos and her island community is cut off from the rest of the world, she tries to find solace in her home and trying to do what can to help, despite the dangers that contact with others represent. There were times when The Way We Fall could be downright heartbreaking, but even in the darkest of times, hope continued to shine as Kaelyn found a strength within herself she didn't think she could ever possess. The pacing is neither too fast not too slow, but rather something in between which allows the story to unfold perfectly. The book tests humanity and the actions people take when fear is all that lingers in their minds: Is it every person for themselves or do they work together to find a solution? When survival is the objective, all bets are off and the ugliness hiding inside us all begins to show. Kaelyn had some difficult decisions to make in the novel, and I have no idea what I would have done in her shoes. As the streets quiet and those still living lock themselves in their homes, the deserted and eerie feeling which overcomes Kaelyn also begins to seep right into your bones too. You can't help but wait with nervous anticipation for a cure to come, for death to take everyone... or for anything, really, that could bring an end to the desperation. I was genuinely terrified as I read the book, holding my breath for the moment I was certain would come when I'd have to say goodbye to a character. There were so many unpredictable possibilities where Megan Crewe could take the storyline and it only left me more anxious to find out what would happen next. I am absolutely looking forward to reading The Lives We Lost, the second novel in the trilogy, and seeing how Kaelyn's story will continue in the aftermath of everything that has happened in The Way We Fall. You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Book! One of the best YA books that I have read in a long while. The scarriest thing about it was that it read as a very believable story. Highly reccommended.
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping and realistic read The Way We Fall, by Canadian author Megan Crewe, is a gritty and realistic read. It will keep you hanging onto every word, not wanting to put down the book until you know exactly what will happen to each and every character. There was more than one occasion where my obsession with this book almost made me miss my subway stop. The most significant thing I have to say about this book is that is just feels so real. An unknown virus sweeps a small, but densely populated island. It's highly contagious, leaving doctors and scientists unable to keep up with the rate of infection. Megan clearly did her research for this book. All the government protocols, hospital organization and details about the virus itself were incredibly well thought out and to the best of my knowledge (and what little I read on Wikipedia) pretty accurate. This made reading this book even more terrifying. It reminded me of recent pandemic scares and totally had me believing that this was something that could really happen. In addition to the detail that was put into this book, The Way We Fall, is led by a really strong main character. I really liked Kaelyn – I found her both strong willed, as well as compassionate. An admirable combination. She's the type of character who takes action. When news about the virus is starting to come out she immediately wanted to get involved and help others in the town. This desire to help others is a quality that continues no matter how bad things get. However, despite this bravery I did not find her character too good to be true. She is definitely flawed. Kaelyn gets scared and nervous just like anyone would in a similar situation, which sometimes leads her to make some poor decisions. These flaws only enhance the layers of her character and make her someone you can easily relate too. Overall this was an exciting read. If it wasn't for work I probably would have read the whole thing in one sitting. Because it felt so much like something that could really happen it was a chilling book and one that will stay with me for some time to come. As this is the first in a proposed trilogy I can't wait to see what happens next and how Kaelyn deals with the next challenges to come. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (
Date published: 2012-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forget monsters, a virus outbreak is what's scary! Wow. I picked this up the day before Megan Crewe's book launch in Toronto, and started reading it on the subway ride there. I almost wish it took longer to get there because I didn't want to stop reading it. This novel captivates you right from the get-go. I enjoy a good story about ghosts or monsters, but what makes The Way We Fall absolutely terrifying is the fact that it's about a very real and plausible enemy: a biological virus outbreak. Written in the style of journal entries from Kaelyn to a former friend, the narrative style suits the storytelling nicely. As the reader, you feel like you've stumbled across a girl's diary of unsent letters documenting the outbreak on the island. Broken into three parts (Symptoms / Quarantine / Mortality), the chapters and pacing of the story flow seamlessly from one moment to the next. The true nature of people faced with that dire and seemingly-helpless situation is explored in all aspects, from those that have survivor's guilt to those wanting to help to those who take advantage of the situation and wreak havoc. It's not only the disease that seems to be infectious, but the paranoia among everyone that catches just as quickly. The Way We Fall encapsulates so many things that I enjoy in a book: mystery, thriller, great character dynamics and set in Canada (partially in Toronto, no less!) What's not to love? This, a mini interview with Megan Crewe, and other reviews can be found at
Date published: 2012-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Realistic, evenly paced, and intriguing "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." -Quote from The Way We Fall synopsis SYMPTOMS With a pitch like that of Megan Crewe's The Way We Fall, how could I possibly resist? Since early 2011, I've been a very big reader and lover of post-apocalyptic fiction. I've delved into them like an addict on the verge of a withdrawal, I just couldn't get enough. With a synopsis that quickly reminded me of the 2011 film Contagion, I could not wait to see how Megan Crewe would deliver the story. QUARANTINE The Way We Fall tells the story of Kaelyn, a sixteen year old teen who lives with her family on an island in Northern Canada. Leo, Kaelyn's best friend, leaves the island for the mainland. Upon his leaving, an unexpected development takes place - a deadly virus is sweeping through the island. It begins with an incurable itch, only to develop into a fever, an onslaught of hallucinations, and then death. With a father for a doctor, Kaelyn finds herself in the middle of the disaster, witnessing first hand at how quickly it kills friends, neighbors, and the people she loves. MORTALITY The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe was uniquely told through a series of journal entries, the protagonist's direct telling of the occurring events during the epidemic. Most of the journal entries, in fact, were addressed to Leo, the aforementioned best friend who left the island. I loved this particular aspect to the story because not only did it help me connect with Kaelyn on a realistic note, but it helped me capture every emotion she passed down through her writing. Some of the novel's events were frightening, heartwarming, and heartbreaking. Agreeably so, the emotion behind The Way We Fall was incredibly strong and impacted me greatly, instantly pulling me into the story right from the beginning. Compared to other post-apocalyptic titles, The Way We Fall came across as a much lighter and straightforward telling. As I've noticed in other titles in the genre, most are muddled with an endless stream of unrelated events that almost always take away from the story. However, with The Way We Fall, I found that the events and relationships were developed at a realistic pace that didn't have me shaking my head in disbelief. If you've ever read a novel about a world that has already succumbed to a deadly disease, but have always wondered about it's beginning stages, I'd highly recommend settling down with The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe. The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe was realistic, evenly paced, and intriguing. A recommended read for science fiction readers and Canadians! (eh?)
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Realistic plague outbreak Pros: quick, intense read; sympathetic protagonist who shows development; powerful, thought-provoking climax / Cons: very abrupt ending / For Parents: 1 swear word, some kissing, minor violence / Kayla and her family have moved back to the small island in the Canadian Maritimes where she grew up, after spending 5 years in Toronto. Her decision to become less stand offish comes at the wrong time as an unknown virus begins to spread around town. Her microbiologist father and the other doctors are at a loss as to how to stop the growing epidemic. / Written as journal entries by 16 year old Kayla to her former best friend Leo, off the island studying, the book chronicles the viral epidemic from the confusion surrounding the first few cases to an intimate knowledge of loss and despair. As time passes and the virus is no closer to being cured, a gang causes increasing problems and the death toll mounts. / Short entries make for a quick read. The protagonist is a sympathetic young woman who always feels out of place among others, constantly aware of how they treat her. As the book progresses she learns more about herself and others, as the town deals with the problems that arise. / The climax is especially thought provoking and intensely powerful. Which makes the ending that much more abrupt. There's little denouement and no wrap up at all. / Still, it's a great journey and a very well written YA book otherwise.
Date published: 2012-01-10