Title: The Lives We LostSeries: Fallen World # 2
Genre: Young Adult-Dystopia
Author: Megan Crewe
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Book: ARC sent by publisher
"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."
I'm loving the way sequels are getting better and better. For me, there is just much more added depth to the story.
The virus is spreading faster and wider than what originally thought. Diving right back into the plot, Kaelyn is running out of time. She is trying to survive as well as find a cure. The adventure of taking a possible cure to trustable scientist is great. She is faced with people who want to kill her, people who want to steal it, and people who want to help. Which is hard to know giving what is going in her present time. Not to mention, the virus is sneaking up on her loved one fast!
Now, the love interest certainly had aspects I did not think would happen. Thankfully, there is not "love triangle" but really just "the one who got away." I like that Kaelyn emotions where not swept away by this hasty decisions but her loyalty never wavered. She knew who she loved and she made it clear.
The ending of the book gets so intense that it actually made my hands hurt (Yes, I was gripping the book that tight). Once I read the few last lines I felt immensely sad and angry. It ended on a questionable note that makes me want more.