The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice and asks you to turn to page 56 (or 56% in your e reader) of your book (any book) and share a sentence or two that doesn’t have spoilers.
Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and is about sharing the first sentence or so of the book you’re currently reading.
The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
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 sixteen-year-old Kaelyn lets her best friend leave for school without saying goodbye, she never dreams that she might not see him again. But then a strange virus begins to sweep through her small island community, infecting young and old alike. As the dead pile up, the government quarantines the island: no one can leave, and no one can come back.
Those still healthy must fight for the island’s 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?
It’s about six hours since you left the island. The way things have been, I know you wouldn’t have expected me to come to see you off, but I keep thinking about how you waved and waved from the dock five years ago, when I was leaving for Toronto.
While the ferry was carrying you to the mainland, I was on West Beach with Mackenzie and Rachel.
Mom was already calling for an ambulance, but the hospital must have been overwhelmed. She dialed five times before she got through, and Mrs Campbell was out there screaming for a whole hour before they finally came.
“Isn’t there anything you can do?” I said to dad, but I realized as the words came out that I wasn’t being fair. It’s not like they’ve got a supply of medications stashed in the house.
A lot of this book has been quite boring to put it bluntly. Sure there are dark elements and tension, but I feel this book leans more on the everyday life side more than the suspenseful action side. I have read mixed reviews for this starter, some saying it’s quite intense whilst others were bored for a lot of the book. I’m very close to finishing and some reviews have even said this speeds up in the end, does it? All I can say now is I was expecting this book to be violent and dark but it seems to be just about the characters struggles executed in a lighter tamer way 😛 Depending on how it ends, I might read on in the series, but for now I can safely say I’m feeling quite underwhelmed with this.