Review: THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES by Carrie Ryan

The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2) 
Carrie Ryan
407 pages
Publisher: RandomHouse
Release Date: March 9th 2010
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: LOVED

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

THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES is the “unputdownable” companion to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. It takes place in the same world. Gabry, short for Gabrielle, lives with her mother, Mary, in the lighthouse, in the small town of Vista. She’s never been out of the town, and has always lived in peace and security from the hungering Mudo – the undead.

One night, with the influence of her best friend Cira, she sneaks out with a group of teenagers, and unwillingly crosses the Barrier, the only thing separating the people of Vista from the Mudo. If one Mudo crosses and infects a human, it will spread, until the whole town is infected, and the Mudo will continue to hunger.

No one notices at first, but a Mudo runs toward the group, and in as little as an hour, Gabry’s life falls apart. She finds out her life is not what she thought it was, and she has to face the Forest of Hands and Teeth. This book was heart-breaking, because of the losses Gabry has to endure. But I would highly recommend it. The Dead Tossed Waves will keep you glued from start to finish and will linger around longer than when the last page is turned!



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    September 11, 2010

    i wanna read this one :o

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    January 20, 2013

    I absolutely loved this book! I hear possibly that they make a movie out of it? Which could be interesting.