Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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Really book? As soon as I had fished this I was thinking about how I was going to go online and profess my love for finding an excellent standalone young adult book. Then once I get here, I see "Fallen World #1". What a disappointment.
Moving beyond the obvious distaste I have for everything being a series these days, The Way We Fall was actually a refreshingly good book. It is pretty much what the summary says. There is an island and a disease that no one has seen starts cropping up and killing people throwing everyone into a panic. Once the island was quarantined, the book picked up speed and did not slow down. It was what Lord of the Flies would be if it was an island of people of all ages and supplies.
I really enjoyed the media that the story was presented to us aka via a diary being written to someone who was not on the island. Our narrator is interesting and yet still a teenager. It may not be for everyone, but i liked it.
It's hard to say much actually considering the story is pretty much just a pandemic attacks and island. Everything you think may happen does. The characters, from what we see of them, are believable; our narrator, great. It was an enjoyable story.
Before I knew this would continue, I though that the ending was a perfect open ended ending for a book that is so weighty. I knew what I needed to know to form my own conclusions about the future of this world. I am actually really disappointed, though not surprised, that this is the beginning of a series. I don't know if I want to know more though. I like where my mind took it. I like not knowing the whole picture or the after.
It was a good book, solidly interesting. I would rec for people who don't mind a little death, because seriously it is a pandemic, and for people looking for a good sickness story of survival.
ETA: I have been thinking about it and my whirlwind relationship with this book (I read it in 6 hrs... I was sick myself. I enjoyed the irony) I have to say I am judging the ending more on what I wanted this book to be. There were some loose ends that I am sort of wrapping up to myself. There are 3 major plot lines that i can think of off the top of my head, but she could have wrapped them up and made this an awesome standalone story.
I guess I am just over sensitive.
Originally posted on GR in Feb 2012