Book Review: The Worlds We Make (Fallen World #3) by Megan Crewe

The virus has taken away Kaelyn’s friends, her family, her home.

And now a deadly enemy threatens to take the one hope she has left: 

When Kaelyn and her friends reached Toronto with a vaccine for the virus that has ravaged the population, they thought their journey was over. But now they're being tracked by the Wardens, a band of survivors as lethal as the virus who are intent on stealing the vaccine no matter what the cost.

Forced onto the road again, Kaelyn and her companions discover the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is their best hope for finding scientists who can reproduce the vaccine. But with the virus already spreading among them, the Wardens hot on their trail, and hundreds of miles to cross, Kaelyn finds herself compromising her morals to keep her group alive. Her conscience seems a small price to pay if protects them and their precious cargo. Unless even that is not enough...

In the final installment in Megan Crewe’s captivating the Fallen World trilogy, Kaelyn is on the run from her biggest adversaries yet. While she continues to face horrific loss, her resolve is still strong. But to survive this shattered world, will she have to sacrifice all that's left of the girl she was?

Release Date: February 11, 2014
Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from publisher
Reviewed By: Kelli

I've been a fan of Megan Crewe's Fallen World series for years now, and I've been dying for book three to be released.  I was so honored to get to read this book early, and I've been holding my tongue about just how good it was.  Now I can tell you: this book was outstanding, and the perfect end to the Fallen World series!

The premise of the Fallen World series is really unique and captivating.  The concept of the friendly flu is terrifyingly realistic.  To think of a virus decimating the world the way the friendly flu has in Kaelyn's world is just horrifying.  Kaelyn's dad was a researcher and he created a vaccine for the virus before he died.  Kaelyn has made it her mission to get the vaccine to the CDC in Atlanta, in the hopes that the CDC can make more of it and stop the spread of the virus.  

Much of The Worlds We Make was devoted to Kaelyn and her friends' journey to Atlanta. They encounter many obstacles along the way, obstacles that would make most people turn around and go home, but Kaelyn is not most people.  She is determined to make it to Atlanta and to make what's left of the world a better, safer place to live.  

I loved so many things about The Worlds We Make. The imagery was beautiful, and the book was full of small details that made it special.  Kaelyn encounters a wolf in the wild at one point and that was one of the most beautiful and poignant scenes of the book.  Leo's encounter with a black bear, and how he and the rest of the group interacted with the people in that town was a defining moment of the story.  That one scene set the tone for how Kaelyn hoped the world would end up: people helping people in need, for no reason other than it being the honest, good, and right thing to do.

Crewe makes bold choices in her story arc: namely, in keeping the book realistic with deaths of important characters.  I never want main characters to die, yet, the story would have felt inauthentic and less powerful if everyone had lived, and gone on to live happily ever after.  I respect authors who create endings that are appropriate to the rawness and emotional level of the series, and not just your typical HEA.

Kaelyn made so many important decisions throughout this story, but her decision about who to give the vaccine to was the most vital one and the one that surprised me the most.  I was so happy with how that story arc ended, and especially glad that Crewe used that part of the story to effect change with two main groups of characters.

The Fallen World series embodies everything I love about dystopian fiction: a great premise, a thrilling plot, a love story, and a perfect conclusion.  I highly recommend this series!


  1. Does Gav die? I don't care if you spoil it, but I'm pretty worried.

  2. Does Gav die?


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