Monday, March 5, 2012

The Way We Fall

I can't really believe I finished this book. I haven't read anything as scary since The Coming Global Superstorm back in high school. This book is basically my worst nightmare and personal hell, all tied up with a black bow and speckled with blood to give it character. Save for the first 30 pages, I read the whole thing today. On the train ride home from work I spent half an hour in teary-eyed horror. I'm glad I finished it. I'm also glad it's over.

A synopsis, from BN:
When a deadly virus begins to sweep through sixteen-year-old Kaelyn’s community, the government quarantines her island—no one can leave, and no one can come back.

Those still healthy must fight for 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 crafts a powerful and gripping exploration of self-preservation, first love, and hope. Poignant and dizzying, this heart-wrenching story of one girl’s bravery and unbeatable spirit will leave readers fervently awaiting the next book in this standout new series.

Seanan McGuire gave this book a glowing review, and I reserved it at the library that day.

The worst part of the book was the middle. Naturally that was the part I was reading on public transit with a stranger right next to me. But the book became more tolerable after that. Less personal hell, more typical dystopia. That was a bit unfortunate for the book from a storytelling standpoint, though I was glad for the break.

I'm not happy this book is a series. It should have been one book, and I can tell you now the next books in the series are going to be sappy teen love triangle, and I'm not interested. The strongest point of this book was the main characters fighting for something important, and not chasing down love interests. It was great to a book that was different and smart, with multiracial and multisexual characters. (I'm pretty sure multisexual isn't a word. I'm leaving it in anyway.) It was packed with facts about science and animals and information that will surely be valuable if our world ever devolves into biological warfare. Or if the chances are just right and Mother Nature decides our race just isn't worth fostering. Did I mention how this book is my personal hell?

As scared shitless as this book made me, I'm glad I was able to finish it. I would definitely recommend it, with the warning that it'll be quite the trip. I wouldn't have been able to read this book a few weeks ago, and I need to hunt down something light-hearted to read next. This was a good book to read after The Night Circus, because it's always hard to find something you can get into after a really amazing book. And The Way We Fall really was a good book. But it's going to take some recovery. I wish bookstores had Discount Armageddon on the shelves early, even though it doesn't come out until tomorrow I was hoping to get it early since it's only a mass market paperback. I was hoping. Among Others would be really nice right now, but it hasn't arrived yet.

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