The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

This is a sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. If you haven't read that book yet, I'd recommend reading it first because even though the main character in that one isn't the main character in this book, it's her daughter. Knowing what happened in the first book will really help when reading The Dead-Tossed Waves. Here is the review I did last year for The Forest of Hands and Teeth: link.

From Goodreads: Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She's content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast--home is all she's ever known and all she needs for happiness. 

But life after the Return is never safe.

Gabry's mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but like the dead in their world, secrets don't stay buried. And now, Gabry's world is crumbling. 

In one reckless moment, half of Gabry's generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. 

Now Gabry knows only one thing: if she has any hope of a future, she must face the forest of her mother's past.

Overall: I like the book. I didn't quite read it in 24 hours like the first book but it only took a couple of days for me to finish. While I kind of hoped there wouldn't be a love triangle and even though there is one, it didn't hinder my enjoyment of the story. While I've never been into zombie stories before, these are the only ones I've read actually, I really do enjoy the world and stories that Carrie Ryan has created. Since I'd read the first one quite a long time ago, I couldn't remember all of the details and I kept trying to find connections between the two. Some places I was right and others I mixed names up. We do learn more about the villages, the infection, and even get some answers to things from book 1.

Characters: The main character, Gabrielle (Gabry), is well written and complex. She has many different moments of weakness, strength, group strength and even selfishness. The other characters in the story all served their purposes in moving the story forward and giving the reader more information about the world they are within. It's also an interesting side to see of Mary because in the first book we followed her story and survival, but in this one she is the mother. She even admits to how she was selfish when she was younger, which I know some people had issues with when reading her story. So, it was different having the characters point out their own flaws in that way. Again there are two boys that the main character has confusion about and some of those parts lost me a little. Overall, they did add to the conflict as things around them continued to crumble.

Story: One thing that I think Ryan does in a way that I almost envy as a writer is how she manages to make things worse for her characters without it feeling like she just added it to for more tension. It felt right for the story. In both books, things always get worse up to the very end and secondary characters certainly aren't safe. It's hard to tell who will survive and that makes for a need to read feeling that I enjoyed.

It was a good book that many others will enjoy.

Dawn's Verdict: 8.5/10



DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

Sounds like you quite enjoyed this sequel Dawn.


Sarah Brown said...

This is one of the series I really want to read, I own all of the books but haven't yet gotten around to it, great review, new follower

Heather@The Flyleaf Review said...

I have to admit, I had a hard time with The Forest of Hands and Teeth, it's not a happy go lucky kind of book and I felt like I had been put through the emotional wringer after I finished it. So I have put off reading the sequel, but after your review I think I may be ready. If for no other reason than to maybe get some of those answers from the first book that you alluded to:) Great review and new follower!

Dawn Embers said...

Denise- I did.

Sarah Brown - Welcome to the blog. I am glad you appreciated the review. There are so many books out there it's hard to get to them all as fast as we'd like.

Heather- Welcome to the blog as well. The series is definitely not a happy go lucky kind. Second book has that same quality as the first one did. Hope you enjoy it when you do read, even if it drains you a little.

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