Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Review: The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
Published by Delacourte Press
Date Published: March 9, 2010
Rating: 5/5

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.
DTW was absolutely spectacular! I still can't get over it... Carrie did such a great job with this sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth! Sadly, some sequel books seem to ramble and mess up from the original story but this one continues the story from a different path. DTW tells the story of life growing up in a small town surrounded by fences to keep the Mudo (Unconsecrated) out or rather the people in... Gabry grows up in the lighthouse along the beach safely secluded from the dangers that lurk all around her until one day when love becomes loss and her dreams fade into darkness.

Overnight her life becomes a race against all odds consuming the entire novel. A race not only to find someone she dearly loves, but to find her past. But what she finds is not what she was hoping. Life or death becomes a battle against those she loves and her chance at a future. Don't think that I am blowing this book out of proportions because truthfully I am not! Carrie Ryan is a superior author and I can't wait to meet her (jealous that my best friend and brother have); hopefully soon since she only lives two hours away... I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys post-apocalyptic zombie stories.

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