The Here. The Now. And the Books!: The Dead-Tossed Waves

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Dead-Tossed Waves

If you follow me on Twitter, you know how much I’ve been wanting to read the companion novel to the Forest and Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan.

Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She’s content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. Home is all she’s ever known, and all she needs for happiness.

But life after the Return is never safe, and there are threats even the Barrier can’t hold back.

Gabry’s mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but like the dead in their world, secrets don’t stay buried. And now, Gabry’s world is crumbling.

One night beyond the Barrier…

One boy Gabry’s known forever and one veiled in mystery…

One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. – From Carrie Ryan’s Website HERE

I had high expectations for this book…and was left very content.
Even though I hate comparing two awesome books, I do think Forest of Hands and Teeth is a better read…but just by a LITTLE bit!!!
Gabry is…a very full character. I, at times, did not like her, but who says you have to enjoy every choice and thought the main character has? She’s just different from me. And that right there should tell you that Carrie’s characters are so developed that they can be compared in such a way.
I love how Carrie’s writing can shape the beginning of a book to be something totally different with the other half…we begin somewhere and end up in another place, but it’s still somehow connected.
Of course there was romance…very good romance at that. I was always tense…what was going to happen? Were they going to kiss now or maybe now even? Was she going to kiss him or him?!
Yes, there was a bit of a love triangle but I will say it was resolved in the end…and I’m happy with the ending.
I also was thrilled to have Mary’s (Forest and Hands and Teeth) story continued and mostly resolved.
Dead-Tossed Waves also gave more in-depth info about the zombies (Mudo or Breakers as they call them). We were able to glimpse into the world, what was actually going on, and how it affected everybody.
This book had some ramble-y parts but all together was a great read. It had a good ending that left loose strings that could possibly use a sequel, which I would love to have!
I recommend this for anyone!


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