Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite for ‘We All Fall Down’ by Daniel Kalla, and to Simon & Schuster for the ARC. Here is my review:
…**THIS IS A GOVERNMENT ALERT**IF YOU EXHIBIT SYMPTOMS, STAY IN YOUR HOMES**PLEASE REMAIN CALM AND DO NOT ATTEMPT THE RESCUE OF OTHERS**THIS IS A GOVERNMENT ALERT**IF YOU EXHIBIT SYMPTOMS, STAY IN YOUR HOMES**PLEASE REMAIN CALM AND DO NOT ATTEMPT THE RESCUE OF OTHERS**THIS IS A GOVERNMENT ALERT**…
IT STARTS WITH ONE PATIENT
A woman is dying in an Italian hospital, coughing up blood, convulsing and barely conscious.
BEFORE IT SPREADS TO THE TOWN
Dr Alana Vaughn, an expert from NATO, confirms everyone’s worst fears: the woman has the highly infectious disease that swept through Europe eight hundred years ago. The Black Death.
AND TAKES THE CITY
The sickness is spreading so quickly that soon the outbreak becomes a global pandemic. Markets crash and governments fall as quickly as the citizens they govern.
THEN THE COUNTRY
As panic takes hold and the death toll climbs, the consequences become horrifically clear – Alana must discover a way to stop the disease or it will be the end of us all.
THEN THE WORLD – AND WE ALL FALL DOWN
What does TWG think?
I was so looking forward to reading this one! I don’t know what it is about medical novels and medical memoirs at the moment, but I just cannot get enough of them.
With a storyline as black as the epidemic ‘Black Death’ itself, ‘We All Fall Down’ explores the devastation of a disease that wiped out millions of people hundreds of years ago. The author states at the end of the book that, whilst the building blocks of the storyline are indeed fiction, the cement which holds them together, ie the medical knowledge, is indeed fact.
I did feel as though I had walked into a storyline half way through, because I felt like I was missing something at the beginning. Unfortunately that feeling did stay with me until the end, so I did spend a lot of time confused and wondering whether I had missed a book beforehand or something. I don’t know.
That said, the contents of the novel was written in such a gutsy and chilling manner, with the author describing the events with astute attention to detail, I often felt as though I was in amongst the devastation myself.
‘We All Fall Down’ is very graphic and very gripping so, despite being confused by the shell of the book, I was able to appreciate the medical side of the book like a duck to water.
Daniel Kalla is such a powerful and intelligent writer – I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.
Chilling, disturbing, eventful, and extremely eye opening, ‘We All Fall Down’ is a gritty and dark read which makes you reach for the anti bacterial handwash, ten times more than usual.