Saturday, May 7, 2011

Review: The Dead-Tossed Waves

Title: The Dead-Tossed Waves
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Random House, Inc
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Description (from Goodreads):
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.

This book is the sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth (see my review here). 

This time the story isn't about Mary, like in the last book. Instead, it's about a girl named Gabry, and it takes place much later than The Forest of Hands and Teeth (about 15 years or so, I think). At first I was disappointed when I learned that we weren't going to be reading from Mary's point of view anymore, but this was perfect. We were still able to learn about what happened to Mary after the end of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and then at the same time we were given a whole new story with Gabry.

The Dead-Tossed Waves was just as insane as the first book! It was stressful and depressing and scary... I loved it! I think that might sound a bit crazy, but trust me - it's awesome.

I don't know how Carrie Ryan managed to take the mesmerizing world she built in the first book and then develop a second, equally awesome story, but she has! I'm dying to see where she takes us in the next book, The Dark and Hollow Places.

Oh! There is also a short story that is a prequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth (I still need to read it, too):


  1. Do you prefer one over the other? Personally I liked the second one more. I'm excited to see what you think of the third.

    -Cassandra @ Wickedly Delicious Tales

  2. Great question! I think i liked the first one more, but they're both equally great stories. :)

  3. I've never heard of this series before. Going to put it on my reading many books, so little time!


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