The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1
Published by Delacorte Books on March 9th 2010
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.
Short & Sweet: This follow up novel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth features the main character of Gabry, who is the daughter of Mary, the main character in the first book. Gabry grew up without ever feeling in danger from the walking dead until one night when her friends convince her to cross the barrier to play in an old abandoned carnival. Unfortunately, they are attacked and some of her friends are turned. While she runs away in order to avoid getting caught, her friends are sentenced to become soldiers to fight the undead, while others were turned and killed. Full of adventure, terror and learning about the different views on these Unconsecrated. Gabry must figure out where she belongs in this world as she is left to decide with more questions than answers.
Final Verdict: A great adventure with a slight love triangle that ends in a way that I find satisfying. Definitely a bit of a cliffhanger, but the next book is already out, so I will have to read that one shortly. I ended up listening to the audio version, which was narrated very well.
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