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The Dead-Tossed Waves
The Forest of Hands and Teeth Book 2. I'm so glad you're immune to zombie attacks, because otherwise, you'd be trying to eat my brains! I'm pretty glad about that, too! Protag leans in to kiss him. I may infect you with the zombie disease that's still in my blood. I'm all alone in a hard and unforgiving world.
Can we hold hands? That's how STDs happen. Runs off into the woods in a state of emotional turmoil. Bald and Sexy enters the scene. His pectorals start flexing and unflexing as animal magnetism radiates from his being. The sheen on his bald head is quite arousing. I can't decide whether I want to go with the boy I loved through most of my life who is now part-zombie, or if I want to go with the sexy boy who has rescued me from zombie attacks on multiple occasions, and who doesn't run away from me.
Although he is involved in some strange zombie-related cult. This world is purely hetero. These kids don't even experiment. View all 34 comments. Dec 15, Kat Kennedy rated it really liked it Shelves: Gabry, the main character of this story, is lacking in the crazy-ass psycho department that her mother so nicely managed during her debut in The Forest of Hands and Teeth. This story is about self-discovery. Which actually makes a lot of sense. In what I can only assume is stupidity gone rampant amongst teens, Gabry is convinced to go out past their safe border and into a closed and derelict theme park.
It isn't a spoiler when I tell you that things quickly turn to shit because, really Gabry, the main character of this story, is lacking in the crazy-ass psycho department that her mother so nicely managed during her debut in The Forest of Hands and Teeth. It isn't a spoiler when I tell you that things quickly turn to shit because, really, you can do the maths.
Very simple maths and the authors of the horror genre have taken such delight in viciously murdering poorly behaving teenagers that this is nothing new. After this incident, Gabry's life falls apart piece by piece until the only thing that can fix it is a zombie adventure! I pity anyone caught in a zombie uprising with me.
I consider that sign fair warning that if there are zombies around, I am not above using your soft, gooey flesh to slow them down and aid my escape! Which was rather disappointing because, in the first novel, people seemed to share this philosophy. Yet this group of zombie victims are unfortunately kind, brave and willing to face a zombie horde to protect those that they love. It makes for a surprisingly goreless zombie novel. Not ONCE does a zombie baby get tossed out a third story window. What are you doing to us Ryan?
Well, actually, I still managed to really enjoy this novel but still View all 7 comments. Feb 22, Penny rated it liked it Shelves: I'm torn with the rating I gave this book. It deserves more than three stars but I wouldn't say I 'really liked it'. In The Forest of Hands and Teeth we were introduced to Mary, a not entirely likable teenage girl living in a remote village reminiscent of the village in M.
Night Shyamalan's 'The Village'. Mary's village is fenced off from the surround I'm torn with the rating I gave this book. Mary's village is fenced off from the surrounding forest which is full of zombies referred to as the unconsecrated. Mary desires, more than anything, to venture outside the fenced-in village to find her way to the ocean, even though she's been told her whole life the ocean no longer exists. This is Gabry's story. Gabry Gabrielle is quite unlike her mother.
Raised in Vista, the seaside city Mary discovered at the end of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, she has no desire to venture outside the city walls where the Mudo-- unconsecrated! In the first chapter Gabry is invited by her best friend's cute older brother, Catcher, to sneak past the barriers to the abandoned amusement park, which, while still technically fenced in, is forbidden since those fences are no longer maintained or guarded.
It is only the lure of Catcher, his flirtatious promise to protect her, that finally gets Gabry to do what she fears most: It is in the amusement park, as Gabry receives her first kiss, that things go horribly wrong who'd have guessed??? I kid, I kid. Because of the commotion caused by the attack they know it is only a matter of time before the city militia arrives. So Catcher insists Gabry flee the scene because those caught outside the city walls will be punished severely. Before she leaves, Gabry tries to round-up Cira, Catcher's sister, to go back with her, but is unsuccessful.
Gabry returns to the city by herself, a decision with which struggles throughout the rest of this novel. She's riddled with guilt that she was unable to stop everyone from going to the amusement park in the first place. Gabry hates that, unlike Cira and the rest of her friends, she wasn't caught. Because she's the only one who wasn't caught she's obligated to search for Catcher, at Cira's request. The only problem is, Catcher may have been bitten by a mudo.
What's worse, he's hiding somewhere outside the city walls.
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So Gabry ventures outside the walls once again, attacked by more mudo, and saved by a young man, named Elias, who is clearly not from her village. And this is when the adventure really begins. Overall, this is a pretty good book. I think it's much better than The Forest of Hands and Teeth, mainly because I don't mind the protagonist; she's not selfish like her mother was at her age. Before I go on, I need to mention that I'm not a fan of the love triangle in this book.
It's not that I don't luuuurve me a good love triangle, because I do. It's just the fact that Carrie Ryan already did the whole love triangle thing, and not very well might I add IMHO, Mary was undeserving of such attention so the love-triangle in The Forest of Hands and Teeth felt forced. And in the end it turns out the triangle was completely unnecessary. I feel Carrie Ryan should have gone a different direction this time around--not everybody has two equally good-looking guys vying for their attention.
I feel Carrie Ryan, along with a lot of authors these days, are relying on the love triangle a little too much. I think Carrie Ryan cheated herself, her story, and the readers, by focusing too much attention on the love story. Gabry spends too much time being torn up over the whole Catcher or Elias question. Especially when, as far as I'm concerned, her preference is obvious. I wish Gabry had made a decision early on, sparing everyone involved including the readers , and spent more time thinking about more important things. Such as the many interesting ethical questions raised by various characters in this book What is the difference between existing and surviving?
Is there a difference? When a body Returns, is part of their former self--their soul--still there, just trapped inside? There are other things I didn't necessarily like but I can't bring them up without giving away too much. Basically, what I'm trying to say is, while I do quite like this book and I'm planning to read the next one I'm left feeling a little disappointed.
Carrie Ryan could have done so much more with this storyline, the deeper elements are present but not explored. Which is why I couldn't give this book four stars. I do want to give Carrie Ryan props for writing zombie books targeted specifically at females. If it weren't for her I wouldn't have picked up a zombie book, ever. Which, in retrospect, would have been quite unfortunate as it is a genre I quite enjoy. Because The Forest of Hands and Teeth does not actually add to this story, seeing as Gabry spends the majority of this novel mostly ignorant of her mother's past.
Sure, we the readers are able to make the connections, but that just takes away from the reading experience--we already know what Gabry doesn't.
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It's sort of infuriating. Plus, the way in which this book ends I'm assuming the next book, The Dark and Hollow Places, will start where this one leaves off; Gabry still telling her story. Which is just another reason why it doesn't make sense that The Forest of Hands and Teeth was released first.
View all 25 comments. Aug 12, Kiki rated it did not like it Recommends it for: View all 11 comments. Mar 23, Morgan F rated it it was amazing Shelves: Let's see how I'm feeling by the end of the review. Okay, this book kinda takes place where the last one left off. Give or take twenty to thirty years. Instead of the lovely Mary, the narrator this time is Mary's daughter, Gabry. Now, I understand most of you are like "OMG, who's the father?
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But I can't say for threat of being flagged as a spoiler. Anyway, Gabry has a very different upbringing from her mother. She lives in a lighthouse on Four or five? She lives in a lighthouse on the outskirts of a little town called Vista. She has a best friend and a crush on her best friend's brother. But most of all, she grows up safe and secure, without all that moaning in the background. But then, of course, it all goes wrong Gabry and her friends take a little midnight hike over the Barrier and zombie hell breaks loose.
The night ends with death, betrayals, and with half of her generation gone or imprisoned, life will never be the same for poor, sweet Gabry. I have to say, this was a hell of a sequel. There were even some guest appearances and moments when I felt smarter than the narrator because I knew what something was and she didn't. What more can I gall ask for? The writing was very much the same.
It was beautiful in places, mostly sad, but hope shined through. I managed to read this in a period of 24 hours, which is no small feat when you have school and homework and yada yada yada. My point is that it's compelling and unputdownable which is officially a word. The world that Ryan sets up is just incredible, honestly. I find it completely convincing. It's mysterious and dark and scary. Just normal life with fewer good parts I found Gabry more likable than her predecessor, but I don't feel fair comparing the two because they have totally different personalities.
Once again, the weakest part for me was the love triangle. I'm sick of those things. I always choose the wrong guy, then have a grudge against the author for having different taste in men. But this time I think I routing for the right guy I have to wait and see if he dies first. Even though Gabry bounced back and forth between the two contestants, she never seemed ho-ish.
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But once again I could never tell if the couple was kissing. Does that make me weird, or does anyone else have that problem with these books? I don't know, there would be pages of getting close and comfy with one of her man-friends then they would get pissed or something, storm off, and Gabry would try to relive their "almost-kiss". And if you want this book to be a stand-alone, go ahead. This book could do well without it's predecessor, although it's cliffhanger ending may be too much for someone with poor will power aka me. I recommend this book to everyone, except those who like fairy-tale endings, "perfect" narrators, or can't handle flesh-eating corpses.
I've decided to go with five stars. View all 37 comments. Like the previous book, the writing is choppy, monotonous, and repetitive. The same thoughts and sentences are strewn throughout the pages. The author uses silly similes, instead of actually describing things. I grew weary of hearing how everything was like something else. Even more annoying was the constant use of almost and of as if ; almost running, almost touching, almost clawing, almost raw. Why can't the author just write a convincing description, instead of relying on cliche imagery?
The story line isn't very original either, it mirrors The Forest of Hands and Teeth in many ways; an indecisive, helpless girl mooning over two boys, a journey down the fenced paths, the inevitable loss of companions, and an infuriatingly selfish act at the end. I had hoped this book would fill in the gaps from the previous book, but it didn't. Mediocre writing aside, I can't abide weak, mopey characters who don't think, who don't consider how their actions affect others, and who only care about their own feelings.
Gabry, and Mary before her, are just that; vapid, cow-eyed, and selfish. It's rude, and terribly ugly. I certainly wouldn't want to be her friend. There was so much the author could have done with this story - enriching the world, answering questions. There were glimpses, but nothing more. I'm left feeling that the author never answered them for herself, and doesn't know how to. It leaves very little to tempt me into reading The Dark and Hollow Places when it's released.
View all 3 comments. Sep 30, Becky rated it did not like it Shelves: OK, I'm done with this. I'm having a REAL hard time justifying even attempting to finish this. Let me count the ways: There will be spoilers. Click them at your own risk. For real, she's annoying as hell. She's cowardly and weak and useless and annoying, has a chip on her shoulder the size of an undead zombie horde, feels betrayed by everyone and everything ever and just generally pisses me off.
At this point, she could do this amazing turnaround and achieve RE Alice-like badassery levels and I would still want to punch her in the face. So this girl, who has been RAISED in a world infested by zombies, taught that they are brain eating monsters and that they should be killed on sight if the one doing the seeing doesn't wanna get ate, this girl who saw one friend get attacked and had the thought "She's already dead.
But then, when she finds that there are people revere zombies as part of their Resurrection Religion, and fears that they might take her cherished zombie boyfriend in as an object of worship, or worse a renegade worshiper who is a boy, and therefore the 3rd in this love triangle of What the fuck?! LOVE will win out and he won't become a mindless zombie and try to eat her face when she tries to kiss him.
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If it was funny, I wouldn't be spewing ragehate all over this book right now. But it's not funny. And irritating and annoying and all the other ings you can supply that insinuate I don't like this. Because I'm sure that there are reasons to dislike her in the 2nd half of the book that I'll never see, and so I'm just covering all my bases. View all 9 comments. May 29, Arlene rated it really liked it Shelves: Dead Tossed Waves is a great example where the sequel outshines the first installment… by far!
I had no intention of reading this book as The Forrest of Hands and Teeth was a disappointment for me at least. But after reading continuous rave reviews and trusting my fellow avid readers that this book was a hit, I gave it a try and it was well worth it IMHO.
I really enjoyed this story so much more than the first book, as I feel Carrie Ryan truly displayed growth in her writing abilities, as eviden Dead Tossed Waves is a great example where the sequel outshines the first installment… by far! I really enjoyed this story so much more than the first book, as I feel Carrie Ryan truly displayed growth in her writing abilities, as evidence by the captivating plot she devised, the flawed yet appealing characters she developed, and the intriguing setting she used as a backdrop.
It all blended very well and kept me riveted the entire time. I liked all of the characters that made up this adventure including Gabry, Catcher, Cira, and Elias, who I felt were strong, complex players in this story that kept the action going at a steady pace. It was interesting to learn about the Soulers and the additional back-story of the Return.
The action was continuous, but I never felt it was too drawn out. I'm removing one star for some insignificant details that really didn't distract me too much, but I wish could have either been eliminated, downplayed or explained. One, I would have liked to see Gabry not go back and forth so much between her feelings for Catcher and Elias, but considering the gamut of emotions and struggle for survival, I guess I can understand the confusion that naturally set in. I'm still curious as to what caused the virus and where it started. We did receive more back-story, but I still have some questions.
My other question is why did Catcher get bit in the first place if the Mudos didn't sense his presence since he was immune to the virus? That confused me a bit, but not enough to detract from what was happening in the book. Other than that, though, it was a great story! I definitely won't hesitate to read other books by this author in the future. View all 21 comments.
Nov 08, Shanon rated it really liked it Shelves: I had some real issues with The Forest of Hands and Teeth mostly revolving around my extreme dislike of the main character. Usually disliking a main character is a deal-breaker for me and it is lucky for me to even finish the book let alone read a sequel. Luckily, the world building in The Forest of Hands and Teeth was amazing. I wanted to learn more about how civilization came to such a state, what was going on with the secretive sisterhood and everything else I could about the world Carrie Rya I had some real issues with The Forest of Hands and Teeth mostly revolving around my extreme dislike of the main character.
I wanted to learn more about how civilization came to such a state, what was going on with the secretive sisterhood and everything else I could about the world Carrie Ryan created. I was hooked by the world and not the characters. I found her to be much more likable than Mary, though not necessarily a lovable character. She came across as whiny at times and I would be sorely tempted to reach through my book and slap her if it was only possible. There is much more information about the zombies aka: I am even more intrigued by this world.
I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in this series. View all 4 comments. Apr 27, Bethany rated it it was amazing Shelves: You never think that a sequel will equal its predecessor, but Carrie Ryan has managed to do it Told from the point of view of Mary's daughter, Gabry, its about a girl who is forced to step outside of her "safe" world and learn what courage is. In contrast to her mother, Mary, Gabr Wow. In contrast to her mother, Mary, Gabry is timid and cautious about the world around her.
Watching her grow, develop, and rise to the challenges that she met with throughout her story was amazing. And the love triangle with her initial first love, Catcher, and her mysterious rescuer gosh, I just love a good rescue , Elias, was beautifully written. Great example of how to write a love triangle without making your reader hate someone I'm rooting for Elias. Absolutely cannot wait for book three. Carrie Ryan in person, I can honestly say that she is as cool as her books.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Everything after the line below this is pretty much my "play-by-play" rantings as I listened to the book. What's right here is the condensed version of my thoughts, having finally finished it. Picking up where the first book left off, TD-TW scratches most of the world-building, having already been largely established, for vast, vast amounts of internal monologuing.
Ryan attempts to make our heroine, Gabry, a sympathetic character by making her quite flawed. Unfortunately, she decides to do so by having Gabry leap head-first over the Victoria Falls of character flaws: There are virtually no likable qualities to the girl, and this affront is further compounded by the fact that no one calls her out on her wishy-washy cowardliness; in fact, they tend to go out of their way all to support her. Gabry spends a fair amount of the book pining over one boy, then when it turns out he can't be with her if he wants her safe, she pities herself utterly and completely and quickly switches camps to be with the other romantic interest option.
Later, she also forces a self-sacrificing boy to deal with one of his greatest fears in order to save herself. This girl is as selfish as she is dull. Frankly, Catcher's entire ordeal is far more interesting and sympathetic. The book should've been about him. We're forced to sit through similar situations over and over again, including events that are echoing what already occurred in the first volume. This could've been done well, but considering things are repeated far too often already, it just feels like overkill.
Speaking of repetitions, the book needs serious editing. Some words are used far too often, "scream" being one of them. Okay, we know you're surrounded by zombies and frightened, but nobody, particularly in this day and age, especially female readers, appreciates a heroine who spends all her time exercising her vocal cords in such a manner.
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It's not just literally; it shows up metaphorically too: Why can't they simply "lose footing" once in a while? Also, would you like to see how much padding can be done to a book by having numerous, numerous inactions instead of characters actually, oh, I don't know, doing things? I'll bet you it isn't used fewer than 30 times. The book is a mess that could've been a little better with copious amounts of editing, better fleshed-out and more sympathetic characters, and more original ideas instead of constant repetition.
The narrator for the first book wasn't too great at emoting, but she sounded like a young woman without being overly obnoxious about it. So far this is boring the hell out of me. At first it seems like it's going to be a prequel, but then it becomes obvious this takes place maybe a couple of decades after the first book. Since a lot of the details of the world were already established in the first book, there's very little of that here other than to show how this community is slightly different from that of Mary's in the first book.
That also means that the book is mainly focusing on the characters and the situations instead of the worldbuilding I enjoyed in the first book. And like the first book, the characters are just as dull here, since instead of bothering to take much time to flesh them out, it's been mainly just Gabry's whining. Oh, I guess Gabry gets some fleshing out. While Mary was just kind of there, we at least get to be constantly hammered by how much of a whiny, selfish coward Gabry is.
Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, because how that character overcomes all these negative traits to become a better person is usually something to look forward to, but looking at some other reviews here Anyway, you kind of feel like the whole zombie thing is kind of a joke of no real importance anymore hey, it's just the status quo now when the revelation of adopted!
I'm not adopted, so I can't say anything with my own experiences, but I'm sure reactions for actual adoptees has run the full gamut of emotions. Where was all this passion and conviction when you should've been telling your friends not to be idiots and go wandering into an infested zone? How about showing some actual outrage to their sentencing, instead of just going "Oh noez, how awful! 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: Enclave Razorland , book 1 Ann Aguirre.
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