Series Review: Fallen World series by Megan Crewe

The Way We Fall (Book 1)

About the book:

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?

Megan Crewe's apocalyptic, The Way We Fall

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Review by Katy Haye:

I loved this book! Kaelyn was a fabulous character – out of place and trying to remake herself to fit in whilst missing her best friend fiercely. The Way We Fall is an excellent apocalyptic story, with an unpleasantly convincing take on what the end of the world would do to people and societies. But it’s the emotion that really made this story stand out. Without melodrama or explosions, The Way We Fall cut my heart into pieces and put it back together.

I moved straight on to the next instalment…

The Lives We Lost (Book 2)

About the book:

First, the virus took Kaelyn’s friends.
Then, her family.
Now it’s taken away her home.
But she can’t look back—the life she once had is gone forever.

A deadly virus has destroyed Kaelyn’s small island community and spread beyond the quarantine. No one is safe. But when Kaelyn finds samples of a vaccine in her father’s abandoned lab, she knows there must be someone, somewhere, who can replicate it. As Kaelyn and her friends head to the mainland, they encounter a world beyond recognition. It’s not only the “friendly flu” that’s a killer—there are people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the vaccine. How much will Kaelyn risk for an unproven cure, when the search could either destroy those she loves or save the human race?

Megan Crewe's The Lives We Lost (Fallen World series)

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Review by Katy Haye:

This series gets better and better! There were so many tense moments, and I kept thinking, “Now, can things just go right for Kaelyn and crew, please?” – but with this being an apocalypse and everything it never did! (I’m still hopeful, though.)

The writing was as powerful as ever and the relationships between the characters are exquisitely drawn and true-to-life with emotions (good and bad) flaring up in a moment.

This world provides a chillingly convincing portrayal of what an end-of-times catastrophe might be like and how people would respond (good and bad).

My TBR is reaching critical levels, but I just had to delay the next on my list so I could continue straight on to book 3.

The Worlds We Make (Book 3)

About the book:

The virus has taken away Kaelyn’s friends, her family, her home.

And now a deadly enemy threatens to take the one hope she has left: THE CURE.

When Kaelyn and her friends reached Toronto with a vaccine for the virus that has ravaged the population, they thought their journey was over. But now they’re being tracked by the Wardens, a band of survivors as lethal as the virus who are intent on stealing the vaccine no matter what the cost.

Forced onto the road again, Kaelyn and her companions discover the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is their best hope for finding scientists who can reproduce the vaccine. But with the virus already spreading among them, the Wardens hot on their trail, and hundreds of miles to cross, Kaelyn finds herself compromising her morals to keep her group alive. Her conscience seems a small price to pay if protects them and their precious cargo. Unless even that is not enough…

In the final installment in Megan Crewe’s captivating the Fallen World trilogy, Kaelyn is on the run from her biggest adversaries yet. While she continues to face horrific loss, her resolve is still strong. But to survive this shattered world, will she have to sacrifice all that’s left of the girl she was?

Fallen Worlds #3, Megan Crewe's The Worlds We Make

Review by Katy Haye:

I had so much else waiting to be read when I reached the end of The Lives We Lost, but everything else just had to wait a little longer because there was no way I could concentrate on anything else until I knew Kaelyn had got the vaccine where it needed to be.

Reading this series finale was a real rollercoaster as things went wrong, then right, then wrong again (and again). I felt like a soggy rag at the other end (and there may indeed have been a tear or two along the way), but this book was so good – plot, characters, writing – and the resolution Kaelyn reached was absolutely perfect.

This is a smashing series from an extremely talented writer. Strongly recommended.

Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. When you’re done with the end of the world, try to a warzone, instead. Katy’s The Clockwork War, set in an alternate, war-torn 1840s England with a mechanical genius for a heroine, is available for just .99.

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