Where She Fell
Watch your step.Eliza knows the legends about the swamp near her house—that people have fallen into sinkholes, never to be seen again, maybe even falling to the center of the earth. As an aspiring geologist, she knows the last part is impossible. But when her best friends drag her onto the uneven ground anyway, Eliza knows to be worried.And when the earth opens under her feet, there isn't even time to say I told you so.As she scrambles through one cave, which leads to another, and another, Eliza finds herself in an impossible world—where a small group of people survive underground, running from vicious creatures, eating giant bugs, and creating their own subterranean society. Eliza is grateful to be alive, but this isn't home. Is she willing to risk everything to get back to the surface?

Where She Fell Details

TitleWhere She Fell
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ReleaseOct 30th, 2018
PublisherPoint
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Adventure, Survival

Where She Fell Review

  • Andria Sedig
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very strange and unique concept. My lack of knowledge about rock formations and the terminology used was off putting in some places. This book also requires you to suspend belief quite a bit, which can be tricky since this seems to be such a "real world" type of book. The concept was good but the execution, mainly pacing, was a bit off in the middle of the book. Overall this was an enjoyable read.
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  • Max Baker
    January 1, 1970
    The first class I ever took in college was a horror film class, specifically a horror film class that focuses on female centered horror, and one of the films we watched was The Descent which is about these six women who get lost in a cave and encounter humanoid, feral monsters. If you like that movie, I'd recommend just rewatching that instead of reading Where She Fell. It'll be a much better experience.Here's the thing, I'm not a fan of books where the overarching plot is suppose to be a metaph The first class I ever took in college was a horror film class, specifically a horror film class that focuses on female centered horror, and one of the films we watched was The Descent which is about these six women who get lost in a cave and encounter humanoid, feral monsters. If you like that movie, I'd recommend just rewatching that instead of reading Where She Fell. It'll be a much better experience.Here's the thing, I'm not a fan of books where the overarching plot is suppose to be a metaphor for something. I'm also not a fan of books where the main plot is shirked to the background to focus on some minor plot point for pages upon pages upon pages. This is both of those things and by god does it get annoying. Eliza has social anxiety and if you take anything from this book, it's that. Because it's never not talked about. This book is less about a girl trying to escape a series of caves then it is a girl dealing with her social anxiety and shitty friendships while also being trapped in a cave. It's like Ward totally missed the memo on what would make this a good book. She couldn't marry the theme of overcoming social anxiety with the overall cave plot, because she was thinking about it in the wrong way. And that way of thinking is all over this book, so much so every page might have been stamped with THIS IS THE THEME.Long story short the cave, more specifically the colony itself, is a metaphor for complacency. Eliza has become complacent in her role within the colony, and with her friends, and her anxiety traps her in that relationship. It's only by meeting new people and branching out does she find her voice and get the courage to leave. And that's a great story and one I would be interested in if the whole CAVE MONSTERS thing was vastly more interesting. The whole setting, the bioluminescent plot point, the killing of giant insects all take a back seat to Eliza personal growth which would be fine if it wasn't always playing second fiddle to her anxiety. There are a few moments of tension, which is the only reason I'm giving this above one star, because my heart rate definitely increased during those scenes, but other then those few moments the book is largely bland. There isn't any sort of connection built up between the reader and any of the characters. I didn't care about the romance between Eliza and Grayson, I didn't care about Eliza's shitty friends, I didn't even care that people die in this. By the half way mark I was reading for the sake of reading and not any real enjoyment.Eliza was a fun sucker, draining the story at every turn because all she could do was rag on herself to the point where it stopped being a character trait and started being annoying and redundant. You can only repeat the same thing so many times in the exact same way before people get bored. There never felt like there was any depth to Eliza's disorder or her friendships. It felt like this entire book was just a surface level powerpoint on social anxiety that just happened to be set in a cave. If there was more depth or more emphasis on the adventure/horror aspect of the cave system then I might have been into it. But there wasn't. The writing style was not only too fast, with time passing far too quickly, but too bland as well. Things are just stated to have happened and then the characters move on. There's no emotional resonance to be found anywhere within the story. This book didn't have a good representation of social anxiety, didn't teach about toxic friendships, and didn't bring me any real joy. Which is a shame, because Ward's debut is still on of my favorite horror books. But this? Not even close.
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fast paced story of a socially awkward girl who loves geology falling into basically the center of the Earth. And the best part is, she isn't alone down there. There is an entire colony of people already living there, and now she has to adjust to her new life. Or does she? Eliza was a good character. Her anxiety and her social awkwardness made her all the more real. Her best friends on land are jerks, but they're supposed to be. Eliza finds out what real friends and actual love looks This was a fast paced story of a socially awkward girl who loves geology falling into basically the center of the Earth. And the best part is, she isn't alone down there. There is an entire colony of people already living there, and now she has to adjust to her new life. Or does she? Eliza was a good character. Her anxiety and her social awkwardness made her all the more real. Her best friends on land are jerks, but they're supposed to be. Eliza finds out what real friends and actual love looks like when she is thrown underground into this colony of cave dwellers. You could say some of the characters..fulfilled their purpose. The people in the colony will surprise you (GLENN) but you'll just have to find out. There was a romance in the story and it was very cute. Liked that part. Grayson is very good for her.The plot was very quickly paced and there were hardly any parts in the book where you would get bored. There was always something happening. At the same time, it is also a good book to read to get you tired before you go to bed (but in a good way, if that makes sense).Likes/Dislikes: I liked the descriptions of everything from the caves themselves to anything that glowed (bioluminescence, the glowite, etc). The words just create beautiful images in your mind and I found myself really wanting to travel to this cave! (As long as I could leave whenever I wanted LOL.) I also like how Grayson was portrayed as very smart instead of just being an all-brawn-no-brains type. I didn't really like the ending; it was unsatisfying. I had just recently read Broken Things by Lauren Oliver and that ended in the middle of a sentence yet it was STILL more satisfying than the end of this book. I guess I should be happy where it ended but I wanted more than what actually happened (without spoiling). This dislike doesn't really count since I had an ARC, but there were no pictures!! So I feel like the book will be even better when all the art is in it!I give this book a 3 star rating. Would recommend to anyone who lives spelunking/cave exploration or the movie The Descent. Also would be good for someone looking for a quick/light reading. Took me 4 days to read it.
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  • Kylee
    January 1, 1970
    Last year at my Scholastic book fair, I bought A Girl in a Bad Place by Kaitlin Ward. I ended up absolutely loving that book as it was thrilling and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! So when I saw that Ward had written this fantastic piece of writing, I knew I needed it. I absolutely love Where She Fell, it gave me anxiety (if you read it, you understand why) and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I love books that can you keep on the edge the whole way through which is exactly what W Last year at my Scholastic book fair, I bought A Girl in a Bad Place by Kaitlin Ward. I ended up absolutely loving that book as it was thrilling and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! So when I saw that Ward had written this fantastic piece of writing, I knew I needed it. I absolutely love Where She Fell, it gave me anxiety (if you read it, you understand why) and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I love books that can you keep on the edge the whole way through which is exactly what Where She Fell did to me.I recommend this book for about anyone. Especially if you love science and geology because let me tell you, the main character Eliza is a geologist and boy, does she love rocks.
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  • Kristina Youngblood
    January 1, 1970
    It was a good read...until the end. It just ENDS. There should have been a better ending - more info. There’s such a good story and then it’s as if the writer gets tired and just ends the book. Too many open, unanswered questions.
  • Juliana B.
    January 1, 1970
    This book was almost to good for words. It had a fast pace and didn't have a long and tedious beginning. If you like sci-fi and adventure, this book is for you.
  • Sean Chiddix
    January 1, 1970
    The book was good it had a lot of details and I never got bored of reading it.
  • Kerry Goodwin
    January 1, 1970
    The book fair trailer looked so good, but this book was very disappointing.
  • Victoria Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    So it's like Tunnels but actually not terrifying.
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