Posted By: Frank Miceli
Very good series that once I started I did not want to put down. From airport to airplane to tattoo parlor and back, each book was its own adventure filled with characters who will surprise you if you give them enough time.
In the beginning, this reminded me of the “Life As We Knew It” series by Susan Beth Pfeffer. This was also an inspiration for the series amongst others which you can read at Megan’s website - http://www.megancrewe.com/FallenWorld/behind.html. However, this series evolved into its own and the more you learn about this group of characters the more you want to continue the adventure.
(Quick side-note, this post is about the entire series in general. I want to do the entire series justice rather than just one book.)
Let us begin with the problem: a friendly flu turns out to be not so friendly and what starts on one small island is soon the world’s problem as the only known cure is death. Symptoms evolve from an itch that just won’t go away. Starting with fits of coughing and sneezing, then the hallucinations and truth telling. You know all those nasty little thoughts you think? Yes, you get to spend the last period of your life spewing secrets to the ones you loved the most before you die. Not exactly the friendliest way to go, if you ask me.
Enter our ragtag bunch of teenagers. Now this cast is not thrust upon you all at once. Yes, I do realize I said “bunch of teenagers” but I think we can all agree that all of the current problems in the world are of the adults doing, so maybe a group of kids can help. You are introduced to them slowly as “family” begins to take on a new meaning. You lose people along the way and all I will say is that each character is given the respect they deserve in death.
A journey that starts with the idea of one teenage girl morphs into an idea that maybe they have something the world could use to save itself. If they get across their island, onto the mainland and find anything at all that resembles a government or hospital. You see at this point it has been years since the original outbreak. Gangs and looters fill the world looking for any extra benefit they can get by any means necessary. One girl believed enough to encourage a unique set of people to follow her in her mission.
Told from the P.O.V. of the character of most importance Kaelyn or Kae as she is most referred to as she screams out “I’m Going on an Adventure!” (Yes I stole the line from The Hobbit movie, sue me). Well, yeah, she does not really say that but the journey these teens face is nothing short of what Bilbo saw on his own adventure. You will meet monsters of all kinds and a hero or two along with some good natured but misguided folk on this journey.
The series does pose some serious questions which had me thinking along with our characters. In a world such as, what would I do to survive? What would I do to ensure my next meal? What would I do to protect any family I had left? Just how often the price I had to pay for all of those actions bothered me would most likely diminish the more they occur. Along with it our humanity would most likely be cast aside as well. However, are there enough people in the world that can work together rather than against each other? Perhaps all it takes is the belief of one person to start spreading out amongst others.
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