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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Series: The Fallen World trilogy (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423146174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423146179
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.

From Booklist

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

More About the Author

Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives with her husband, son, and three cats in Toronto, Canada (and does on occasion say "eh"), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and she can't look at the night sky without speculating about who else might be out there.

Customer Reviews

I cannot wait for the third book to come out.
The development of the characters and their relationships is very well done.
As in TWWF, this book lacks much of a plot and has no real ending to it.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading on July 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What an outstanding read! I loved book one in the Fallen World series, The Way We Fall, but The Lives We Lost was even better. I had no idea Crewe would take the story in the direction she did, and I loved it. My only complaint is that now I have to wait for book three to be released to find out how it all ends.

One of my favorite things to read about is character growth, and The Lives We Lost had it in spades. I loved watching the characters adapt as the situation they were in demanded. Instead of giving up, Kaelyn clung tightly to her goal of getting her dad's vaccine to someone who can duplicate it and stop the spread of the virus.

And speaking of the virus, the way Crewe handled that element of the story was really unique. The deadly plague is called the Friendly Flu, and for good reason: the virus causes its victims to become very friendly and lose their social inhibitions, thus allowing them to get close to other people and spread the virus. I liked that aspect of the story. But it was terrible to watch and wait for my favorite characters to get sick.

The Lives We Lost was an emotional read, more emotional than many other dystopian novels I've read. It felt character-driven as well as action-packed. Crewe struck the perfect balance. Both books in the Fallen World series have ended on cliffhangers, which makes me all the more excited for book three! Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ReadMyBreathAway on May 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Another fantastic novel from Megan Crewe. There was certainly no second-book slump for this series as it was just as exciting as the first!

One thing I really loved about this novel was that it is a journey story. It's an excellent follow-up to the more stationary beginning of the trilogy because now Kaelyn and her group of friends are on the move across a mainland ravaged by the same virus that struck their island. The constant movement meant things were constantly changing and new problems were arising, which kept the excitement level up all the way along.

The atmosphere of this novel was extremely well done. There is a major sense of emptiness and desolation both on the island and across the mainland, which served to heighten the feeling of danger when it arose. There was also a lot of tension in this instalment of the series, especially with the introduction of a new character who clearly doesn't think before he acts and risks their lives on more than one occasion.

Speaking of characters, it was great to finally see Leo in person as opposed to just hearing about him through Kaelyn. I also really enjoyed seeing his relationship with Kae for the first time, even when they struggled with where they stand with one another. It was great development for the story. Kaelyn was, as in the first novel, brave, strong and determined, which makes her a fantastic leader for the group. It was also great to continue having Gav around though, especially when Kaelyn loses her head. Gav is a wonderful guy, but he frustrated me on occasion because he was just so darn selfless. It's a great quality for him to have, especially in the kind of world they're now faced with, but the boy needs a stronger sense of self-preservation!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on April 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Lives We Lost was just as captivating as Way We Fall, The (Fallen World trilogy, The). If you haven't read The Way We Fall yet, stop reading this right now and go order a copy of that book first. This isn't a series that I would suggest jumping into in the middle of it. From the moment I read the synopsis of TWWF I knew I wanted to read it. I am fascinated by the spread of deadly viruses and I enjoy reading nonfiction books like The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story and Virus X: Tracking the New Killer Plagues, so I was incredibly interested in reading a YA fiction book with the same topic. This series is much more realistic than many other YA books in this genre because no one turns into a zombie or monster from this disease and it could really happen. Viruses like this have taken hold of the world in the not-so-distant past, which makes these books scarier to me than any fiction horror story.

The Lives We Lost starts off right where TWWF ended. Kaelyn and her handful of friends (and her cousin) from the island that have survived the virus has also torn across the country, and probably the entire world. She finds her dad's key to the research center and discovers a vaccine he was in the process of testing when he was killed. Since there is only one doctor on the island and she is unable to test and duplicate the virus, Kaelyn and her friends decide to leave the island in search of a doctor who can help her replicate the virus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BookStacksOnDeck on March 25, 2013
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There are quite a few sophomore series books releasing this year, but this was one that I was so looking forward to reading! I loved the first book in the series, The Way We Fall, so much that I had to pre-order this one. In this second book, the story focuses on Kaelyn finding samples of a possible vaccine that her father had created and venturing off the island with her friends to find someone who can reproduce it. Then hopefully the vaccine can be administered to those that have survived thus far. An innumerable amount of people have suffered the effects of the virus and eventually succumbed to their deaths. So while they are trying to find a scientist, doctor, or researcher who could do this - among the vicious population of people that are left doing what they can to survive - Kaelyn and her crew are doing what they can, themselves, to survive and avoid contracting the virus. This is all happening during the winter by the way. They're freezing cold, constantly having to find shelter and food, avoid marauders, and trek countless miles in the snow. Oh and also another thing - Kae has to ensure that the vaccine is kept at an optimum temperature in its cold storage box. It can't get too warm or too cold (that it freezes) or it could be worthless and their efforts would have been for nothing.

Talk about a survival story! I thought the amount of overwhelming challenges and obstacles they met were realistic and was glad that they weren't often presented with lucky breaks. I think their bit of naiveté in the beginning was necessary for them to quickly learn the nature of their situation and the behaviors of their fellow survivors. It hardened them and helped them to become extremely cautious, but they were still able to retain their sense of humanity.
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