Blurb (From Goodreads):
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?
Megan Crewe's second volume in the Fallen World trilogy is an action-packed journey that explores the resilience of friendship, the ache of lost love, and Kaelyn’s enduring hope in the face of the sacrifices she must make to stay alive.
My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Fallen World’ series, and kicks off where book 1 ‘The Way We Fall.’ Left off.
Leo has returned home to the island, but the news he brings isn’t good. It seems that the people on the mainland have been affected by the same flu-like illness that the people on the island have been suffering from, and there’s nobody coming to save them.
Discovering her father’s keys to his lab, Kaelyn investigates, and finds 5 vials of a possible vaccine that her father had been working on.
Making her decision, Kaelyn and co. set out to travel to Ottawa, hoping to find someone with the ability to replicate the vaccine.
Can Kaelyn find someone to replicate the vaccine? And how many problems will then encounter on their journey?
This was a good second instalment, although it still had issues, and we were left with another cliff-hanger.
Kaelyn was maybe a little naïve still in this book, but at least she was trying to do something. I understood what she meant when she said that she wanted to leave with the vaccine immediately – she was both trying to help more people, and trying to find someone who was able to duplicate the vaccine before they died, but at the same time her ideas were maybe a little different to the reality of the situation.
The storyline in this was fairly typical of a middle book it seems – lots of travelling. Thankfully there were other things going on though, and some surprises and twists that I didn’t see coming.
It was interesting to learn more about Leo, as previously we had only heard of him through Kaelyn, but we did seem to have a bit of a love triangle forming because of his presence. I wasn’t exactly impressed by this, but it wasn’t the main storyline so we didn’t have to deal with it too much.
There were several times during this book though where Kaelyn’s trust in people was a really bad idea. Even though she had been warned that people were trying to survive, and to treat them like cornered wild animals, (as they wanted what you had, and weren’t adverse to resorting to violence to get it) she continued to trust people that she came across, even the ones who were pretty obviously up to no good. On several occasions I was just shaking my head and saying ‘do not trust them!’, but she seemed to continue to make this mistake, and it seemed to just lead them into more danger.
The ending wasn’t all that much of an ending, it was basically a pretty big cliff-hanger. This book seemed mainly to be about getting Kaelyn and a few friends working towards finding some way to reproduce the vaccine, with some events along the way. We are now very much waiting on the third book though to find how this story ends.
Overall; a good second book,
6.75 out of 10.