A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{March 17, 2011}   The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Plot: Gabry has lived her entire life safetly behind the Barrier where the undead known as Mudo cannot reach her. Or so she thought. One childish adventure changes everything: half of Gabry’s generation is lost and she is forced to flee everything she has ever known.

This novel is a follow up, though not a direct sequel, to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. It follows the story of Mary’s daughter Gabrielle who is more scared and less rebellious than her mother but just as complex and interesting. This novel is just as horrific, heartbreaking and romantic as the first book. We learn a bit more about the world after the Return although the causes for this zombie apocalypse remain a mystery. The town that Gabry grows up in is very different from Mary’s religious village but it has it’s own abuses and mysteries as well as a new history and characters to explore.

The romance is interesting and complex. It starts as a typical first love, childhood friend narrative. But as the story goes on Gabry is faced with tragedy, growth and growing apart. And because the characters are complex (with conflicted feelings, doubts, horrific pasts…), so too are their loves. Honestly, the book would be worth it just for the tragic romance. Add the constant, eerie presence of the undead and you have a novel that is very hard to put down.

Ryan just gets better and better. I can’t wait for Dark and Hollow Places, the final book in the trilogy.

Challenges: The Into the Old World Challenge (16)


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