Monday, May 10, 2010

Review: The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan


"Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves." --summary via goodreads.com  

 AHHH! Just finished this book 3 nights ago and it's been percolating in my brain the whole time. If you like dark and dystopic, or zombies, or YA series with some postapocalyptic romance, you should definitely read these books. I love the story's mythologic feel, and how it built so perfectly on book 1's story, The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Gabrielle, or Gabry for short, is the daughter of Mary from book 1. Gabry's upbringing was so different from Mary's, yet she still dealt with a lot of the same issues and circumstances. And though Mary is no longer the story's focus, I liked how well Carrie Ryan tied both her and Gabry's life together in a web of shared relationships and experiences.
It's sort of crazy how one bad thing after another keeps happening to Gabrielle and she often blames her self too, but it's just the dark reality of her world after The Return. She learns to survive and navigate relationships, trauma, and finds that family and love are more than just the traditional ties of blood. It really is a multi-faceted story and I can't wait for book 3, The Dark and Hollow Places!

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