Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
2010, Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Series: Book 2 of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Synopsis: 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.

Why read: Attempting to read the series

What impressed me: Um, I like zombies? The book had zombies. And it was very well written, especially for a book I could barely get into at all.

What disappointed me: People rave about this series. I don't get it. I didn't really enjoy the first book, but I gave it another shot with The Dead-Tossed Waves. It took me forever to get through and for the life of me, I just can't understand the draw to this series. Even as a companion book, rather than a sequel, with the same world but different characters, I just couldn't find anything I liked going on with the story itself. Gabry is annoying, the love triangle is annoying, her mother is annoying, her best friend is annoying. Overall, there is just nothing going on with these characters that I cared about at all.

Recommended: Not really, no.

Continue series: I don't think so.

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