Monday, March 21, 2011

Review: The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
Published by Delacourte Press
Date Published: March 22, 2011
Rating: 5/5

There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.

Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.

But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?
This review is not only a review, but a memoir of the series as well.
And so it ends . . .

Whenever you reach the end of something, it always hurts. Especially something you've fallen in love with or grown attached to. Remember when Friends finally had it's last season? Devistating. And I know that everything has a shelf life and must end at some point but being a part of it is the most memorable.

When I first picked up The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I wasn't sure what to expect. Love, yes. Gore, of course. To be blown away? Yes, and I was! Soon after FHT, I read the sequel The Dead-Tossed Waves. Honestly, one of the most passionate, hardcore books I've ever read! Carrie's way with words just moves me beyond belief and takes me places I, well, never really want to actually go. I'll stay as far away from zombies as I can!

So when it came time for me to read the finale to the series, The Dark and Hollow Places, I was overwhelmed, excited, and a bit anxious. I knew it would be amazing but like I said, knowing this is the end for these characters and settings I've come to love and be a part of is hard! I sat down with a mind to "just get this over with" and I mean that in the best way possible!

As I crested the first chapter, I knew this book had me once again. It seemed so long since I had been a part of this world that it was great to get back in the mix again. I was immediately dropped into a fast-paced story that rarely ever slowed down. The pacing was amazingly swift and I found that I finished it no time!

Some of my favorite things about DHP were, first of all, the new perspective. One thing I love about this series is that each books is told from a different POV so you get a chance to learn everyone's side of the story. Although Annah's story was definitely one of pain, mistakes, hurt, and loss, through her time of being alone in the city, with Elias off with the Recruiters for three years, she learned to fend for herself and truly became her own person, a necessary trait amongst mindless, moaning Mudo.

Second, continuing along with the gorey theme, I must say this is by far the bloodiest of the entire series (thanks for amping up the blood, Carrie!) and I found myself cringing at thing about Carrie's writing, she's quite descriptive. And third, her character development and world-building are by far the most superior to anything I've ever read as is seen in her character swap throughout the series (that's difficult)!

When I finally turned the last page and read those final words of goodbye, I closed the book and with a smile on my face I said "The End." With such a revolutionary series, I imagine her difficulty in ending it, in all manners, respectively and right. And I think she did an outstanding job with the end of it. This book will most assuredly be one of my top books of the year if not my entire life and I promise it will be one of yours too!

If you have read the first two books in this series, please pick this up as soon as you can and devour it like a zombie and brains. And if you've yet to pick it up whether you've been avoiding it or just haven't had the chance to, PLEASE read it! There is no possible way you could be disappointed! Let the reviews speak for themselves. With my highest regards, I recommend this series for EVERYONE! I can't even narrow it down from that. THE END.


  1. You just made me 100 times more excited for this book. Thank you for recommending this series back in December!

  2. Love your review and I totally agree with you! I loved this book! It's my fav. out of the series.

  3. Such an amazing review. I've started this series (and am loving it) because of this review. Thanks!