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Monday, August 6, 2012

The Way We Fall

The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe is the first book in The Fallen World Trilogy. Sixteen-year-old Kaelyn narrates the story in journal format (which will appeal to reluctant readers) – she is writing to her former best friend, Leo, because she has regrets about how their friendship ended and not saying goodbye when he left their island community to live in New York. It is the beginning of the school year and Kaelyn pledges to Leo to become extroverted and make friends easier. Kaelyn’s father has been working long hours at the hospital because unusual things are happening. A few people on the island begin to have a spot on their skin that itches, then acquire a cough that doesn’t go away…they eventually become incoherent, say whatever is on their mind, and ultimately die. The problem is that they are contagious and this mysterious virus is spreading like wildfire on the island. Kaelyn’s school year abruptly comes to an end when schools and businesses are closed. When the government closes off all access to and from the island and sporadically drops off limited supplies, the people’s instinct to survive cause them to become hysterical and take matters into their own hands. It becomes a battle of time to find out how to stop the virus and keep the lawlessness under control. Kaelyn’s whole world is rocked as even her family cannot avoid the deadly virus. This science fiction novel is for teens – they will love it. Book Two, The Lives We Lost, will be available on February 12, 2013.

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