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.
Fascinated with illness and disease? Pick up this one!
Although the book (written as a journal entry) started off slow, I really enjoyed the premise—a remote isolated island off the coast of Canada being destroyed by an illness. Props to Crewe for making a fictitious infectious disease believable! I must admit- at first, I rolled my eyes and scoffed at the ‘telling secrets’ symptom, but later found it unique and fitting. As expected, everyone reacts differently to life or death situations, and the community members in this book are no different. I enjoyed reading about individual responses to the illness, including those of the medical community. Readers watch Kaelyn develop from a painfully shy girl to a strong brave woman not afraid to help save her community and family (even if that means putting herself at risk). It really makes you think how far you would go to save your own loved ones. However, speaking of love – I really could have did without the minor romance in the book.
Overall, I truly believe this could have been a great stand-alone title, but like the majority of books being published these days, this book is the first in ‘Fallen World’ series. In addition to the abrupt ending, it was obviously set up to encourage readers to pick up the second book to find out more about Kaelyn’s brother, and Leo.