Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review: The Way

The Way We Fall
By Megan Crewe
Published Jan 24, 2012
Review copy: Netgalley
Stars: 3 out of 5

A friend once told me that dystopian lit breaks into two categories: During and After. Here, The Way We Fall is a during. We watch as a virus overtakes a small island off the coast of Canada. The problem, for me, is that I prefer After books (Blood Red Road, Divergent, Hunger Games, etc). This one felt on par with others I have read, but more generic. Crewe does not spend a great deal of time on description and because of that, I found myself not really caring about any of the characters. Even though we are reading the MC's diary (written as letters to an old friend) I don't think I understood her motivation for half of her actions. Her relationship with her father was really unclear. Ditto mom. And what is up with the brother? There just is not anything in this novel that will help it stand out in the pack.

Anyway, what was really great was the idea that the MC was a natural observer. That totally fit with the story. Also the character of Gav, well done. Guys in teen fiction are usually one dimensional, Gav was really well thought out.

I can see me reading the sequel. I will also put this into the hands of readers of How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (a great "during" novel) and Life as We Knew It by Pfeffer series (come to think of it, all of these titles are really similar).