From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Except for her younger cousin, 17-year-old Kaelyn's family is gone. When her best friend, Leo, arrives to tell her that the quarantine of their tiny island off the south coast of Nova Scotia didn't work and that the virus has become a global pandemic, it seems as if all hope is lost. Then Kaelyn discovers that her father developed a vaccine; she's determined to get it into the hands of someone who can replicate it and save the world. She and her friends begin a long winter trek toward Ottawa and hope. But hope is hard to find in this new world ravaged by disease, and their journey soon becomes a struggle for survival. The first chapter of this sequel is a continuation of Kaelyn's journal that made up the content of The Way We Fall (Hyperion, 2012), but the rest of the story unfolds in a straightforward, first-person narrative. The storytelling is choppily episodic as Kaelyn and her friends encounter those who have risen to power as well as people who are willing to help them. The characters are distinct, and many of them experience nuanced soul-wrestling as the story unfolds. The author has made some convenient choices in order to direct the plot, but on the whole this is a readable tale about courage and heroism in the face of a world that is falling apart.-Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, COα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The deadly virus known as the “friendly flu” took down much of 17-year-old Kaelyn’s island community in The Way We Fall (2012). Now, after a missile attack from the mainland, Kaelyn and her group of friends manage to get off the island with a sample of a potential vaccine—but the world waiting for them is even more dangerous. Vicious bands of survivors rule the streets and want the vaccine for their own. Reversing the claustrophobia of the first volume, Crewe hits the road and catalogs the worsening physical and moral states of our protagonists. It’s a bit looser but opens the universe up for a big climax. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus