04 April 2013

Review: The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe

The Lives We Lost (Fallen World #2) by Megan Crewe

Published: 12 February 2013 by Hyperion

Pages: 288 (hardcover)

Genre/s: YA, Post-Apocalyptic

Source: Own Library

As the second book in the Fallen World series, this review may contain spoilers: My review of The Way We Fall (Fallen World #1).

Synopsis

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?


My Thoughts


I liked the first book in the Fallen World series, The Way We Fall, despite the first half being incredibly slow moving and little 'light' for my personal tastes.  The second half was a big improvement and by the end I could appreciate the book in full.  So although I wasn't rushing out to buy The Way We Fall, I was interested to see where Ms. Crewe took the story next.

The Lives We Lost starts almost immediately after the end of The Way We Fall, and it wasn't long before the characters and storyline came back to me, in the most part.  There isn't really any kind of recap, but the plot is pretty straightforward so it's not really necessary.

I do like that Ms. Crewe has a racially diverse cast of characters, although it's only briefly mentioned in parts, it's enough to make them feel like a more realistic representation of a group of people trying to survival a viral apocalypse.  Kaelyn is a tenacious, brave girl and I really liked her determination to continue with whatever she has set her mind to, and each of the other characters are solidly written and stand out as individuals.

Perhaps it is my cynicism getting a little out of control, but the seemingly inevitable love triangle appears to be taking hold on this series, and although it's not my favourite plot device, it's not overly prominent which makes it a little easier to digest.

Compared to The Way We Fall, the pacing is significantly more even in The Lives We Lost - there is a focus and purpose to the characters' journey and again there is a range of humanity from the helpful to the downright evil that makes it feel realistic, despite the actual premise of the series being slightly unbelievable.

The Fallen World series is another one that I've enjoyed so far for what it is, but it's never going to make my list of top post-apocalyptic YA novels - it's well written and has diverse characters but otherwise there are too many cliches to make it outstanding.

8 comments:

  1. Hmm, I haven't read the first book but this sounds like a fun read.

    - Ellie at The Selkie Reads Stories

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    1. I've enjoyed both of them - they are fast reads too, always a bonus :)

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  2. I haven't heard too much about this one but it sounds like my type of read. Great review Kat.
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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    1. I think you'd like this series, Kimberly!

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  3. I haven't read the series yet, but I give it to a lot of my lovers of dystopian YA at the library. I have a seventy year old woman who is obsessed with this series. I don't see me reading it, but I had to share. Nice review, by the way. (And ick for love triangles! *barfs*)

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    1. Haha! Down with love triangles!

      It reminds of me of the Susan Beth Pfeffer series (Last Survivors?) - it's not bad PA but not as 'dirty' as I like.

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  4. I read this one recently and I have to agree with you, especially about the love triangle thing. I'm so tired of those.

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    1. It was always going to happen *sigh*

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