Hope everyone is having a great week. I have the wonderful Megan Crewe here with a guest post. She is the author of the awesome Fall World series. Enjoy!
Title: The Way We Fall
Author: Megan Crewe
Published: January 24, 2013
Series: Fallen World #1
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?
Poignant and dizzying, The Way We Fall is the heart-wrenching story of one girl’s bravery and unbeatable spirit as she challenges not just her fears, but her sense of what makes life worth living.
Picking Up the Pieces
When discussing the Fallen World trilogy, I’ve talked a lot about how the apocalypse might happen, how people might react, and what you could do to protect yourself. But for the second and third books, I’ve had to do a lot of thinking about how people respond after a catastrophe. When the worst has happened, the population is depleted and comforts we took for granted gone, how do we begin to pick up the pieces? What I think, and what you’ll see depicted in the books, is most people will regroup in one of four ways:
» Some will form small pockets of civilization, gathering a community of like-minded survivors and trying to avoid anyone who doesn’t fit in. The cooperation will help them make the most of the resources that are left, and is generally constructive. But this isn’t much of a long term, global solution. No one can ignore the rest of the world and expect to be left to do their own thing forever.
» Some will make a grab for power while those around them are down, taking advantage of the problems everyone is struggling with. Hoarding resources, stealing what they need from others who are weaker, maybe even attacking anyone who gets in their way. Whether working independently in a sort of anarchy or with a collection of followers as their overlord, these people will only increase the pain and chaos in the aftermath. Unfortunately they’ll probably get lots of opportunities to be successful at their goals.
» Some will start working toward bringing back society the way it once was, following the old rules, using the old structures and methods of organization. If they can find enough collaborators who want the same thing, they may manage to gradually reinstate the systems we used to take for granted: in government, in distribution of food and other resources, in law enforcement. But setting up the exact same society that allowed the catastrophe to happen, without considering how to prevent a reccurrence, may not be for the best.
» Some will similarly want to rebuild society as a whole, but will look for the best possible ways to handle the problems the world’s facing rather than assuming the old ways are best. They’ll focus on figuring out where things went wrong before, and how to avoid repeating those past mistakes. People like this may have a rough time of it, because most of the above groups will push back against them. And they have to be careful to make sure they’re really looking out for what’s best for society in general, not allowing themselves to be swayed by selfishness.
How will each of those approaches pan out? You’ll have to finish the trilogy to find out. In the meantime, maybe you can share: Which approach do you think you would take in the aftermath of an apocalypse?
Thank you for dropping by, Megan! I would just become a hermit. 😀
The Lives We Were (book 2) is available now.
The Worlds We Make (book 3) will be released February 2014
Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two cats (and does on occasion say “eh”), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and she has yet to make friends with a ghost, though she welcomes the opportunity.