The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

Let’s start off with this: I love a good plague story. I’m a pretty cheery person, but there’s just something about that terrifying enemy you can’t see that does it for me.

But because I’m a plague fan, I set the bar pretty high. I’m hard to impress. THE WAY WE FALL impresses me on every level. Today I’m giving away:

  • A copy of THE WAY WE FALL in your choice of hardback or kindle

And the fabulously generous Megan Crewe has donated some limited edition swag! Check it out!

  • THE WAY WE FALL journal!
  • THE WAY WE FALL pen!
  • THE WAY WE FALL hand sanitizer (you’ll need it after you’re done reading!)
  • THE WAY WE FALL magnet!
  • THE WAY WE FALL bookmark!
  • A signed bookplate!

And yes, the giveaway is international!

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 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?

So, why am I raving about this book?

It’s not because I’m fevered, although you’ll be scared of that too by the time you’ve finished! THE WAY WE FALL is told in journal format, as Kaelyn pours out her thoughts to her absent friend Leo. They parted on bad terms, and as the book progresses, Kaelyn leaves him a record that might tell how they survived, or how they died.

The story is gripping, in that way that way that demands you keep on reading long past bedtime. For me, part of Megan Crewe’s mastery lies in the way she handles the book’s escalation. Slowly but surely things creep from worrying to bad, from bad to worse, and the reader travels with Kaelyn, so that things that should shock us simply become part of life. Then, from time to time, we realise with stunning clarity how far we’ve come, and how dire the situation has become.

Another of Crewe’s outstanding strengths is her cast of characters. THE WAY WE FALL’s characters are variously mixed-race, gay, single parents, introverts, islanders, mainlanders and many other things. She doesn’t slap labels on them for the sake of diversity, and then ignore what makes them different — but nor does she let those qualities define them to the exclusion of all else. On a small island, being different does matter, but so do many other things. Crewe’s characters are complex and textured and real.

THE WAY WE FALL is an intelligent book, finely crafted and heart-pounding all at once. You can find it here on Goodreads, and you can visit Megan Crewe’s website here. I loved her book. You should read it.

To win your own copy plus all that awesome swag, fill out the form below and leave us a comment telling us the one thing you’d never leave out of your emergency supplies, in case of plague!

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69 Responses to The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

  1. Pragya Mar 19 2012 at 4:06 am #

    Umm, not so sure, what you mean by emergency supplies but perhaps bandage/ emergency light/ food.

    • Amie Mar 19 2012 at 5:08 am #

      Hey, you’d be better prepared than me! I think my one thing would be tea. Or maybe some really good cheese. I probably wouldn’t live that long, but I’d be happy!

  2. Priya Mar 19 2012 at 5:46 am #

    I’ll have torches and extra batteries, mobile batteries , lighter, a Swiss-army knife, good hand sanitizer (hey, The Way We Fall sanitizer looks good) and maybe, a first aid kit (maybe because i’m more good at ripping clothes and tying them than doing anything related to medicine).

    The Way We Fall seems really good, totally adding it to my TBR pile.

    • Amie Mar 19 2012 at 5:34 pm #

      It’s a great book, it should definitely go on the TBR pile! And ha, you’re right — that hand sanitizer would be perfect!

  3. Christina Kit. Mar 19 2012 at 6:47 am #

    Water and a flashlight! Although if it’s a plague like in this book maybe lots of assorted pharmaceuticals:))

    • Amie Mar 19 2012 at 6:09 pm #

      Yeah, clean out the first aid kit, that’s for sure!

  4. Julie Mar 19 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Hey Amie! THE WAY WE FALL sounds like a fantastic read! Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

    • Amie Mar 19 2012 at 6:08 pm #

      It really is, highly recommended!

  5. The Readventurer Mar 19 2012 at 8:51 am #


    • Amie Mar 19 2012 at 6:10 pm #

      That sounds rather like the answer someone in the book would give — though you’ll have to read it to find out who!

  6. Katherine Mar 19 2012 at 8:56 am #

    THE WAY WE FALL sounds great! It will be added to my to read list. My emergency pack would include but not limit to first aid kit, extra clothes, medicine,food, gun or knife, money, few books (nook) and my car generator. That’s just a few items.

    • Amie Mar 19 2012 at 6:10 pm #

      I love, love, love a girl who thinks her Nook has an essential place in her emergency supplies!

  7. Erin Bowman Mar 19 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Great review, Amie!! I’ve heard good things about this book, and after your gushing, I really need to move it up the TBR pile 🙂

    • Amie Mar 19 2012 at 6:10 pm #

      Dooooooo it 🙂

  8. Carl Mar 19 2012 at 9:46 am #

    It seems prosaic but I never travel without bandaids and polysporin. I seem to be forever nicking myself and I prefer to heal quickly.

    • Amie Mar 19 2012 at 6:11 pm #

      Hey, if you’re a klutz and you know it (and I am too), then don’t ignore it!

  9. Katelyn Larson Mar 19 2012 at 10:35 am #

    I rather doubt my own ability to survive in a situation like this one… But I guess I’d bring something to create fire. At least with fire, I could guarantee myself some clean water if need be. I’d definitely be drawing on the meager skills I’ve learned from watching Survivor, that’s for sure 😉

    • Amie Mar 19 2012 at 6:12 pm #

      Yeah, my entire training would come from Survivor… so I don’t think either of us would last that long! (Am I the only one always surprised when they show up on Survivor and haven’t bothered to learn how to make a fire in advance?)

  10. Bri L. Mar 19 2012 at 11:28 am #

    I’m in the middle of this one right now! IT’S SO GOOD!
    For my emergency kit, I’m thinking more comfort over practicality. I’m making sure I have a journal, an ipod, and hot chocolate. Oh, and a stack of books. Even if I don’t make it all the way through quarantine, at least I’ll be calm while I try to wait it out!

    • Amie Mar 19 2012 at 6:13 pm #

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! It’s SO good! I love your emergency kit — agreed, a least you’ll enjoy quarantine!

  11. Ashley Maker Mar 19 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    I think a good knife would come in really handy as an emergency supply. I watch a lot of Man Vs. Wild with my husband, and Bear Grylls always makes good use of his knife!

    • Amie Mar 19 2012 at 6:25 pm #

      It’s true, Bear always needs a knife. Though he uses it to find a lot of things to eat that I don’t know if I’d try…

  12. Gina Rinelli Mar 19 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Oh my goodness, this book was terrifying and awesome and I can’t believe I finished it! So scary, so great. Everyone should read it.

    I can only pick one thing? Hand sanitizer is a big one, especially for a plague. But for general world-is-ending I may have to pick water filter. And antibiotics. Loves me those modern medicines.

    And I just need a moment to *SQUEE* over the signed bookplate….

    • Amie Mar 20 2012 at 2:39 am #

      Terrifying and awesome about sums it up perfectly! I hear you on the water filter. In the big cities especially, right?

  13. Emily AKA Doodle Mar 19 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Water. You can only survive so many days without it.

    • Amie Mar 20 2012 at 2:39 am #

      Very hard to argue with that!

  14. Teresa Mar 19 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    If it could only be one thing, I would say water filter. Or just water itself. Depends on if I already have a source….

    • Amie Mar 20 2012 at 2:40 am #

      You won’t get far without one or the other, you’re right!

  15. Kayla B. Mar 19 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    I know this may sound crazy, but I would have to have toilet paper. I mean sure, we already have water, food, and medical supplies in our emergency kits. Honestly, I’d be a very grumpy person being holed up somewhere, waiting out the plague with no tp. (Obviously, I am not a survivalist and would die fairly quickly during the apocalypse, but I’m okay with that.)

    • Amie Mar 20 2012 at 2:41 am #

      Hey, tell it like it is. And if you’re not going to last that long anyway, then you might as well be comfy, right? They’ll all wish they’d thought of it!

  16. kati Mar 19 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    A pocket knife. And if I can sneak one more thing in there, eyeglasses, because I only have contacts and I would DEFINITELY run out of contact solution. :

    • Amie Mar 20 2012 at 2:41 am #

      I vote we give you two things, because I really want you to be able to tell friend from foe if you get stabby with that pocket knife!

  17. Lexie B. Mar 19 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Water, some dried food, a knife, First-Aid kit, flashlight because I am deathly afraid of matches, and, ah . . . some Nutella. Just. Because.

    • Amie Mar 20 2012 at 2:42 am #

      Nutella? Excellent choice. May I be in your survival party please?

  18. Diana Mar 19 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    Only one thing. I think that the water is the most important but I want to believe it is easy to find water. I would have in my emergency supplies for sure antibiotics.

    • Amie Mar 20 2012 at 2:42 am #

      Solid choice, I like your logic 😉

  19. Chloe @ YA Booklover Mar 19 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    It depends what resources I have available, but probably… matches. Because then you could boil water, have warmth, cook food, create a signal, etc!

    • Amie Mar 20 2012 at 2:43 am #

      Matches. What won’t they do?

  20. Erica Mar 19 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    I know one thing I would have: a towel! It’s shade, a covering, and even a weapon! (What? You’ve never been snapped with a towel before??)

    • Amie Mar 20 2012 at 2:43 am #

      You should ALWAYS know where your towel is 😉

  21. Meredith Anderson Mar 19 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    This looks and sounds incredible. And creepy. And would definitely TOTALLY freak me out because I’m a always thinking I’m coming down with something when I hear about it. So I should probably wait to read this until I’m feeling better!

    Definitely a great pack of things to give away. The hand sanitizer is great. I love it!

    As for what I would pack? Probably sunscreen. Most of the good stuff has already been said (i.e. water, knife) but I’m really fair. And you never know when/where/if there will be shade and sunburns are NOT FUN. So I’ll go with sunscreen.

    But toilet paper is an excellent suggestion. Seriously. That’s just genius.


    • Amie Mar 20 2012 at 2:44 am #

      I was reading it on the train, and I started getting edgy when people near me sneezed. It messes with your head! And I agree, bringing TP is genius.

  22. Best Tan Mar 20 2012 at 6:14 am #

    I think I’ll have a flashlight. I’m totally scared of the dark. Haha.

  23. Judit_K Mar 20 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Water, without doubt.

  24. Tiffany M. Mar 20 2012 at 9:09 am #

    I’d have to go with something that would clean/filter water if it was one thing… So many things I would want but that would top the list 🙂

  25. Llehn Mar 20 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Bottled water.

  26. Giselle Mar 20 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    I’d definitely keep bottled water as my emergency supply! That is a basic necessity to survive!

  27. Yahong Mar 20 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Whee! I ADORE this book. So glad you’re bringing it a wide audience, Amie, especially with your fabulous review! As for the survival kit… do I sound stupid if I say music? It’s my number one inspiration, and I think I fear boredom more than starving or dehydration, hehe. I’ll snitch the water and food and sunscreen and TP from the rest of you guys. 😛

  28. Judy Mar 20 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Matches! And water of course.

  29. fakesteph Mar 20 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Sounds totally creepy and awesome!!!!

  30. Adrianne Mar 20 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    Gah, stories like this make me itchy. But I love them! The germaphobe in me wants to bring sanitizer but I’d have to go with one of those water purifying kits. It might not be hard to find water but finding uncontaminated water could be near impossible.

  31. Soumi Roy Mar 21 2012 at 12:49 am # one can survive without that

  32. Rhee Mar 21 2012 at 1:01 am #

    Is it cheating if I say whatever’s needed to get out of the emergency?

  33. Aimee Cook Mar 21 2012 at 1:01 am #

    Either water or food (obvious answer) 🙂

  34. Ashlee Mar 21 2012 at 2:03 am #

    One item? Oh, that’s super hard to narrow down!! How about a few items? Some food and water of course, hand sanitizer (hehe), matches… all of the basic emergency items! But if we’re talking one essential happiness item, then definitely my KoboVox or perhaps some hard-copy books in case the power goes out!!

    I’m super excited to finish reading this book!!

  35. Emma Pass Mar 21 2012 at 6:57 am #

    One item? Eek. It’ll definitely have to be water!

    Great review, Amie – I am going to HAVE to read this book. It sounds ace!

  36. Emily D. Mar 21 2012 at 10:51 am #


  37. Valia Mar 21 2012 at 10:53 am #

    Water purifier probably 🙂

  38. Ange/Libby Blog (@ma Mar 21 2012 at 10:55 am #

    Water!! (Duct-tape if I could have 2!!)

  39. Sara (The Hiding Spo Mar 21 2012 at 10:57 am #

    A face mask!

  40. Anna Dase Mar 21 2012 at 11:23 am #

    I would want water for sure. Awesome giveaway I am dying to read this book.

  41. Julie McAninch Mar 21 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    In my emergency kit, I would have flares, water, food, first aid kit, and a face mask as well as a battery operated radio.

  42. Andrea Mar 21 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    I can only pick one?! Okay water, that is the biggest thing needed to survive.

  43. Kristi-The Book Faer Mar 22 2012 at 12:40 am #

    Definitely a good first-aid kit! I already have one at home and one in each of our vehicles! It has just about everything including face masks, gloves and a bi-valve respirator mask for CPR (I’m an RN).
    Non-perishable food items, bottled water, and gas for our generator :o] And any medications I could get my hands on, i.e. Ibuprofin, Tylenol, Benadryl, Aspirin, Antibiotics, Tums etc… and my Kindle! I have a car charger and a generator to plug in and charge it, that way I could still feel lke a part of the world.

  44. theladyreads Mar 22 2012 at 1:42 am #

    I would have my Kindle in my emergency kit. That’ all I need in this world…. Erm… Not really, but that just shows how much I love my kindle.

    I really can’t wait to read this book. I love the cover and the blurb sounds so interesting. I’m dying to get my hands on it. And everything that comes in the pack? Eep! That awesome!

    Thanks so much <3

  45. Avry15 Mar 22 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Water and flashlight..:)
    And I’m good to go..:)

  46. Hannah F-S Mar 22 2012 at 11:18 am #

    I think I would want matches and/or a lighter in my emergency supplies.

  47. Kelly Mills Mar 22 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    Hmmm…..just one thing, I think I would have to have matches. Or a lighter. Or maybe a really good knife!

  48. Monica G Lopez Mar 25 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    You have no idea how much I’m a fan of THE WAY WE FALL! So, what one thing would I have in my emergency supplies? WATER!

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