The Lives We Lost

The Lives We Lost

Book - 2013
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In the second installment in this dystopian trilogy, the virus has spread beyond Kaelyn's island, and she and her friends must head to the mainland, carrying with them hopes for a cure.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2013.
ISBN: 9781423146322
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Characteristics: 276 pages ;,22 cm.

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Jenna_Lambert
Jul 30, 2013

The Lives We Lost is book two of the ongoing trilogy Fallen Worlds by Canadian writer Megan Crewe. It begins straight off the bat from where the first book, The Way We Fall, left off and leaves no time to refresh what happened in the previous book.

In this installment of the series, Kaelyn and her remaining friends and family are trying to survive on their small island off the coast of Nova Scotia. The virus that has plagued the world now begins to diminish the rest of their small population, leaving everyone to fight for themselves. With the government abandoning their positions and all medical personal disappearing, the small island is thrown into utter chaos.

Things start to look up when Kaelyn finds a vaccine her father had been working on that seems to be successful in preventing the virus, and it looks like it could possibly save the remaining population. The only problem: there is only five doses of the vaccine and no scientists of doctors to replicate it on the island. This only means one thing: Kaelyn and her friends must leave for Ottawa to find someone who can help them.

This story, as much as it upsets me to say, was a bit of a let down from the first book. The repetitiveness that was found throughout the book where Kaelyn’s group traveling cross-country day after day to find someone to help them became a bit of an annoyance, and I would have enjoyed it more if there were some breaks where the group found time to stop and enjoy themselves.

On another note, there wasn’t much of an inside into the characters thoughts and lives-both new and old appearances-which, to me, is key in a story. To develop an attachment to the characters as a reader, there has to be some point where a group of people could sit down together after reading the book and say, “Okay, so here is a list of things we know about this character...” For this book, each character’s list would be quite slim.

What I did find, however, was that the main goal of the story was for Kaelyn to be able to dig deep inside her own conscience to find out who she really is and how much control she has over her life. After losing so many people close to her and having to risk her life to find someone to help recreate her father’s vaccine, Kaelyn has had her heartstrings pulled again and again, both a physical and emotional tests for the tough teenager, and I do give props to Crewe for creating such a strong main character.

Generally, I did enjoy this book, however it would have made it a much more intriguing read if we were given more depth to the characters and a few more twists and turns. Hopefully the final installment in the trilogy will be enough to sustain what has been lost in the previous novel.

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ychi
Jun 22, 2013

There are two main arcs to this book: the characters' survival, and the characters' emotional development. Unfortunately, the first isn't engaging enough to carry the story. Even though realistic living needs problems come up and the setting changes regularly, the issues faced by our group of characters grow to become repetitive and a little boring; they simply aren't gripping enough to base the story around. So when the emotional tribulations come around, they're welcome, as we get to see a relationship that was a mere phantom in the former book resurrect and morph. Kaelyn is a well-pitched protagonist: focused on her goal without seeming overbearing and obsessive. Though her constant state of abject worry may grate, enough emotional fluctuation occurs so that it's not too tiresome overall. Her relationship with Gav also avoids beating the obvious path of a break-up; instead, Crewe introduces a not-unexpected but still-interesting twist to him. With so many characters, though, we don't get nearly enough time to see the characters as their own individual people. Given that the plot is so very straightforward, the ending comes as a disappointment, as nothing is truly resolved; the protagonists simply decide to move onto another target to continue to try and achieve their main goal. That being said, it isn't a cliffhanger; in fact, to me, it was the opposite. I just didn't find it appealing enough to trudge through a third book to find out the goal of this second book.

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kristen89
Jun 17, 2013

A great continuation from the first book 'The Way We Fall', and continues where the first left off. Kaelyns friend returns to the island bringing news, the mainland was hit as hard as the island and help will not be coming. Kaelyn and her friends head over the the mainland, risking brutal gangs and the virus, hoping to find someone still alive to help them find a cure. Not knowing who they can trust becomes a challenge but hopefully Kaelyn and her friends will prevail. Looking forward to book 3.

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