Blurb (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 sixteen-year-old Kaelyn lets her best friend leave for school without saying goodbye, she never dreams that she might not see him again. But then a strange virus begins to sweep through her small island community, infecting young and old alike. As the dead pile up, the government quarantines the island: no one can leave, and no one can come back.
Those still healthy must fight for the island’s 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?
Poignant and dizzying, The Way We Fall is the heart-wrenching story of one girl's bravery and unbeatable spirit as she challenges not just her fears, but her sense of what makes life worth living.
My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Kaelyn lives on an island off the shore of Canada. When a mysterious illness starts sweeping through the community, she assumes that her father who is a microbiologist will soon help the hospital staff to treat the virus; until people start dying from it.
Suddenly the island is under quarantine, people are starting to act like vigilantes, and even more people are dying.
What is this mysterious illness? Is there a cure? Can they find it in time? And how long will the quarantine last?
This was an interesting story, but I did find it a little odd in places.
Kae was an okay character, but at times I felt like she lacked emotion. Several things that happened in this book were bad, really bad, and yet I didn’t feel like she was upset enough. If my close family members died the way hers did, I would be a basket case, yet she just seemed to take it all in her stride. She did show a little emotion when she found out that one of her friends had died, but it didn’t last long.
The storyline in this was pretty good. I liked guessing who would get sick next, and watching out for little indicators as to who was about to go nuts. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the way the story was written – as Kae writing a letter/journal to her friend Leo who she hadn’t spoken to in 2 years, and I also thought that we weren’t really given much of an explanation as to why she hadn’t been speaking to him other than the fact that she was jealous!
The pace in this was quite leisurely, and at times I felt like there should have been a bit more excitement. People were dropping dead left, right, and centre, and yet the story didn’t really scare me at all. Maybe if we’d had some zombies it would have been a bit more interesting.
The ending was okay, but it was a bit lack-lustre really. We didn’t get much of an explanation as to what had happened, where the virus had come from, or even how to treat it.
I will read the sequel, because I’ve already got a copy, but I’m not really sure where the story is going to go from here.
Overall; an okay story about a new and deadly virus, but lacking emotion and explanation.
6.75 out of 10.