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The way we fall, Megan Crewe

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The way we fall
Title
The way we fall
Statement of responsibility
Megan Crewe
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sixteen-year-old old Kaelyn challenges her fears, finds a second chance at love, and fights to keep her family and friends safe as a deadly new virus devastates her island community
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Review
  • Grades 9-12 Taking a cue from zombie novels, Crewe refuses to explain the cause of the virus that begins wiping out a small island community. It begins with a sore throat, then progresses with itchy skin, and then—most disturbingly—the infected become highly affectionate before the hallucinations set in. Kaelyn, 16, has an inside track to the epidemic: her father is a biologist at the local hospital. But his news is bad, and soon the island is cut off from the mainland, running out of power, and victim to a rogue band of looters who begin terrorizing survivors. It’s not long before Kaelyn’s mom takes ill, and not long after that Kaelyn, too, begins to feel an itch in her throat . . . Written as a journal addressed to Kaelyn’s ex-boyfriend, this is the kind of book that makes you look up in alarm when someone near you sniffles. It viscerally conveys the horror of sudden, brutal illness and the struggle between being humane and saving your own skin. A sequel, hopefully just as phlegmy, is on its way. -- Kraus, Daniel (Reviewed 02-15-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 12, p57)
  • In this tense apocalyptic thriller, first in a planned series, Crewe (Give Up the Ghost) explores the slow collapse of society in a microcosm, as a deadly disease ravages a small Canadian island community. Chronicling her town’s descent in diary-style letters to her best friend, Leo, who is away at school, introverted 16-year-old Kaelyn watches as a virus sweeps through the town, its victims losing all social inhibitions before dying. With the island quarantined from the mainland and no cure in sight, hope dwindles. Some of the uninfected try to maintain order and help each other survive, while others resort to drastic measures. As Kaelyn loses people she’s known all her life, she slowly forms new bonds of friendship and even love. But when she gets sick and inexplicably recovers, it forces her to reassess her life and dreams. As hope wars with loss, this gripping, psychological thriller never loses focus. Though Crewe’s story can be gruesome and horrifying, she escapes the trap of making events too depressing and hopeless, maintaining a strong sense of realism throughout. Ages 12–up. Agent: Adams Literary. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 21, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 47, p)
  • An introverted girl's struggle with isolation mirrors her island's quarantine during a mysterious, deadly epidemic. Kaelyn prefers observing wildlife to having a social life, as human interactions baffle the closed-off teen. She's in the odd position of pseudo–new kid, since she has moved back to her hometown, a small island community, after a few years living in a different city. Worse, she and her childhood best friend haven't spoken in years, and she's lost the chance to reconcile as he has left for school. Her personal resolution to connect with others comes right as getting near people becomes dangerous--a new virus is rapidly spreading by human contact, killing nearly all infected. Soon the government forcibly quarantines the island. Residents respond in a variety of ways, some trying to help him and others doing anything for personal survival. Crewe (Give Up the Ghost, 2009) utilizes a less-is-more approach, subtly closing the walls in on the characters as they run out of resources. The narrative consists of Kaelyn's letters she'll never send, addressed to her estranged best friend. While the entries sometimes read less like letters than prose, the focused perspective enhances the claustrophobic atmosphere. An abrupt ending neglects some story aspects but nicely completes Kaelyn's social arc. Readers will root for the believable characters struggling through heartbreaking situations. (Science fiction. 12 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10020066
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DLC
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Crewe, Megan
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
HL770L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG+
LC call number
PZ7.C86818
LC item number
Way 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
Reading level
5.2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Fallen world trilogy
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Survival
  • Virus diseases
  • Islands
  • Survival
  • Virus diseases
  • Islands
  • Science fiction
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The way we fall, Megan Crewe
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
865207
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
309 pages
Isbn
9781423146162
Lccn
2011006504
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781423146162
Label
The way we fall, Megan Crewe
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
865207
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
309 pages
Isbn
9781423146162
Lccn
2011006504
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781423146162

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