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Review: The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

The Dark and Hollow PlacesTitle: The Dark and Hollow Places

Author: Carrie Ryan

GenreYA Dystopian/Horror

SeriesThe Forest of Hands and Teeth (Book #3)

Publication Date: March 22, 2011

FormatAudiobook, 374 Pages (Hardcover)

ISBN-10: 03185738595 (Teens@Random)

ISBN-13: 978-0385738590 (Teens@Random)

Reviewed by: Karson


There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister’s face when she and Elias left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the horde as they found their way to the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.

Annah’s world stopped that day and she’s been waiting for him to come home ever since. Without him, her life doesn’t feel much different from that of the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Then she meets Catcher and everything feels alive again.

Except, Catcher has his own secrets — dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah’s longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it’s up to Annah — can she continue to live in a world drenched in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return’s destruction?

Quick & Dirty: Full of action, romance, and zombies. Satisfying ending to a well done and entertaining series.

Opening Sentence: This city used to be something once.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Annah’s story begins with her struggles to survive. This isn’t new, she’s been living day to day since Elias left her 3 years ago, suddenly and unexpectedly, I may add. Scarred literally from an accident, she has believed she isn’t beautiful. She has lived her life only to the point to where she can be alive the next day. She hasn’t enjoyed life or truly lived it.

This all changes when she meets a stranger, Catcher. She slowly learns to trust, which she hasn’t done since Elias. Her life is coming to life, as the dead are striving to infect and destroy. The dead are innumerable and with no hope in the local security, Annah is going to learn how to experience life and leave behind the one need to survive in exchange for the desire to live.

This book has similarities to the other books, but the plot is interesting and different than the other books. I found Annah less annoying than her sister, which was nice, because she drove me nuts in the last book. There is a similar theme, the learning to enjoy life and take risks to live and love. This is the final book in the series and I felt that the ending was very satisfying.

The Dark and Hollow Places was full of action, romance, and survival. Each book in this series has a different protagonist, but Annah was by far the best one. Also, the love interest, Catcher, was a very likeable character. The biggest thing I disliked about this series was the zombies. From the practice sense of things when the author went into the technicality of stating that the zombies had an infection, but they could never die was just frustrating to me. I realize that this isn’t a real story but if you are going to try to sound realistic then you should follow it through. This probably won’t bother most people as much as it bothered me, but it did effect how much I liked the story. Overall, I thought that this was a good series and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good zombie book.

Notable Scene:

“I’m standing there, silent and lost, when I hear what sounds like cheering. It seems so out of place that I find myself following the noise, wondering what there is to clap about when the world seems to be pulling itself apart around us.”

The Forest of Hands and Teeth Series:

0.3 Flotsam & Jetsam

0.4 What Once We Feared

0.5 Hare Moon

1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth

2. The Dead-Tossed Waves

3. The Dark and Hollow Places


 FTC Advisory: Delacorte Books for Young Readers/Random House provided me with a copy of The Dark and Hollow Places. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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