Monday, January 16, 2012

Review: The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe + Giveaway


Release Date: January 24, 2012
Series: The Way We Fall #1
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Preorder: AmazonBarnes & Noble

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?

The Way We Fall is a grim, unflinching look at one girl’s fight for survival in an apocalytpic world. Though the journal-like narrative style seems rather simplistic at first, it ultimately proves an effective method of conveying Kaelyn’s doubts, fears, and slow loss of control over an unfathomable situation. Through the journal, readers see the secret thoughts that she hides from the rest of the world: strength tempered by insecurity, determination tempered by doubt, love tempered by loneliness. Kaelyn experiences tremendous growth over the course of the novel, and her resilience in the face of unimaginable loss is both awe-inspiring and believable. Her complexity and vulnerability make her the grounding force in a world thrown into chaos, and readers of all ages and experiences will see something of themselves in the conflicted young heroine.

Unfortunately, the rest of the characters seemed rather one-dimensional, possibly because there are so many. A large cast of characters is necessary for this kind of tale, but the losses would have hit home more profoundly if the most important secondary characters had been given more depth. They each had one defining trait that, while interesting, did not give them the roundedness afforded to Kaelyn’s character. They felt a little flat, given a backseat to the inexorable march of the disease.

Megan Crewe is unflinching in her systematic destruction of Kaelyn’s world. The novel does not begin with much setup, but launches readers straight into the downward spiral of an apocalyptic epedemic. It was a little disconcerting to be dropped headfirst into the conflict, but The Way We Fall never pauses for breath. Crewe powerfully evokes both the best and worst in people, brought out by horrific tragedy. While some handle the devastation with compassion and proaction, others become animals in a total state of nature. Readers will find themselves nervously awaiting the next heart-wrenching blow to all Kaelyn holds dear, for nothing is safe or sacred in this degenerate world.

This gripping novel leaves readers with little resolution, and I am eager to see what Crewe can salvage from the ashes of Kaelyn's annihilated world in the next installment.

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Disclosure: I received an advance galley from the publisher for an honest review.


GIVEAWAY

Thanks to Disney-Hyperion and Big Honcho Media, one lucky winner will receive a copy of The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe plus a Minimergency Kit!

To Enter:
  • Leave a comment on this review telling me why you're excited to read The Way We Fall. Include your email address so I can contact the winner.
  • US Only -- prize will be shipped from the publisher
  • Following is not required, but greatly appreciated
  • Ends 01/22/12 at 11:59 pm EST
  • One (1) winner will receive The Way We Fall plus a Minimergency Kit
  • Please review my giveaway policy
Good luck!


44 comments:

Paige said...

I'm excited to read this book because it sounds like its going to be a really interesting read! Thanks for the giveaway =)

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Catherine said...

Oh dude! An apocalyptic epidemic...on an island? Kuru meets "Contagion"? I am so in! (In other words, I want to read this book because I am obsessed with post-apocalyptic narratives, with disease, and with islands, and I'm currently resisting the urge to start blabbering about biogeography and mathematical ecology *ahem*.)

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SarahS. said...

This book sounds really good, I love dystopian books. :)

SarahS. said...

I forgot to leave my email. Sorry ':}

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Sara said...

I just heard about this book today and it sounds pretty interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!

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lisa [the nerd] said...

A slowly unraveling tale, potential for an increasingly unreliable narrator, and a journal narrative? Yeah, I'M DEFINITELY INTERESTED.

Thank you so much for the contest, Casey!

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Vivien said...

The blurb has completely hooked me. My favorite is post-apocalypic fiction. This has topped my TBR list for months! Plus, the structuring sounds utterly refreshing.

Vivien
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Amy said...

I am excited to read this book because it sound interesting. I have been wanting to read it for a while.

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Fairday Morrow said...

The Way We Fall sounds very interesing. The fact that there is a deadly outbreak will leave me on the edge of my seat. I want to read this book because the main character sounds interestng and the plot captures my interest. I enjoyed your review! Thanks for this great giveaway- I would love to win. Plus- I am curious about what is in the kit!I am a GFC follower: Jess/Fairday Morrow

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~Jess
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Garland said...

I look forward to reading this book because when a person reads a book, they slowly get to know the characters. Kaelyn seems to me like someone that I will love to get to know. I think that the idea for this book is ingenious, and will really let us readers see what happens when you place people in a setting where their true personalities will be revealed. Can't wait!
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Ria said...

Can't enter the giveaway (not a US resident), but I wanted to say that I too got a copy of this book for review, and since I plan to read it next week, I'm definitely glad to know that I'm likely to enjoy it! Great review!

Sizzling Reads said...

I'm excited to read The Way We Fall because I'm a diehard dystopian lover, and this seems to have everything I look for.

Thanks for the giveaway.

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Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) said...

i want to read this one because i'm a sucker for an apocalyptic story, period. i've had my eye on it for awhile.

thanks casey!!

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Erinberry said...

I love apocalyptic stories. Just seeing how the characters react to these horrible things happening and how they go about trying to survive. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Tara said...

This book looks totally epic! I've been looking forward this book for like a year now! I love post-apocalyptic stories. Can't wait to read this! Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

TaraTagli at gmail dot com

booksntea said...

I want to read The Way We Fall because it sounds like an awesome synopsis! Plus, I've been obsessed with pandemic/survival/zombie stories lately. I can't get enough of them!

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- Jackie

Manda said...
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Manda said...

Nicee, I love journal-type setups in books! :) and it sounds awesome & action-packed.

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debbie said...

I love pandemic stories, and this one sounds really good.
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Jessy said...

I'm excited to read The Way We Fall because I read Megan's other book, Give Up the Ghost, and really enjoyed it. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us with this one.

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Bookworm1858 said...

I'm about halfway through this and it is just terrifying how things are starting to get out of hand-I'm very nervous about what's to come!

veela-valoom said...

I really enjoyed this book. I thought I was done with dystopian (why do I keep thinking that?) then I got the ARC of this and it was different enough and more realistic and I was like "DANG I'm not done after all."

Don't enter me because I want other people to get a chance to read this book. It's worth it!

Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

I have heard that is is a good, quality book and I would love to give it a shot.

chelle2006[@]aol.com

TheGirlOnFire said...
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TheGirlOnFire said...

Everything I read about this book draws me in eve more. I can't wait to see if this book turns out to be as good as I am hoping it will be!


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hernameisavril said...

I'm excited to read this book because it sounds like a dystopian society kind of book and those are my favorites :D

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Dragonfly Stories said...

I enjoyed this book too, although the ending was a little lame.

The Avid Reader said...

I want to read this book because I've read some good reviews and the storyline has really caught my interest!

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SusieBookworm (Susanna) said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I love apocalyptic stories and am trying to keep up with all the recent YA post-apocs and dystopias...not that it's working well, there's so many...

susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

Cozy in Texas said...

This sounds intriguing although I wonder if I would get confused with so many characters.
Ann

Cozy in Texas said...

Oops forgot to leave my e-mail
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Ann

JerbyJu said...

I am excited to read this because I really enjoy apocalyptic dystopia novels. I like the trend a lot more then the vampire/mystical creature one.

I also kind of love the idea of everyone spilling secrets. It will be interesting to read about how everyone handles such things be broadcasted to the entire community.

jmab528 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Nicole said...

Great Review! I can't wait to read this book because it just sounds so darn amazing!

Thanks for the giveaway!

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candice said...

Nothing like a good epidemic to shake up a community. I loved the movies Outbreak and Contagion, but I've never read a book about epidemics. Thanks for the giveaway.

candicerjames [at] gmail [dot] com

Sophia said...

Dystopian is my favorite YA subgenre, and I've heard really awesome things about this book! That's why I can't wait to read it! :)

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theladyreads said...

I have been dying to read this one! It is part of my favorite genre. Dystopian books are my all-time favorite. I've read some bummers lately so it would be awesome to win this and have it be as brilliant as I think it will be!

Thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity! :)

theladyreads xx
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Jennifer O. said...

YAY! I've been wanting to read this title since I came a across a review of it a few weeks ago!

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carole said...

I am dying to read this book! It sounds so intriguing, and I am a huge dystopian fan! Thanks for the giveaway!!
Carole.mckenzie(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sharonluvscats said...

I loved Megan's debut novel and I always enjoy a good end of the world story. Sharonluvscats at gmail dot com.

LoriStrongin said...

I love dystopian, and this one looks chillingly good. Bummer that the secondary characters fall a bit flat, but the whole global-pandemic-disease thing is a very real fear of mine with airborne pathogens and biowarfare, so while The Way We Fall sounds scary, it also sounds really interesting.


Smiles!
Lori

brookea_2006 said...

I'm dying to read this book! I love post-apocalyptic novels!

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mmshaunakelley said...

I am really intrigued by the journal format here! I real a lot of apocalyptic stuff and will have to check this out!

TheJay2xA said...

Thank you so much for hosting this awesome giveaway! Your review makes me want to read it right now! I need it badly! *cross fingers*

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Billy Burgess said...

Great Giveaway!




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