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Review: The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Dead Tossed WavesTitle: The Dead-Tossed Waves

Author: Carrie Ryan

Genre: YA Dystopian/Horror

Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth (Book #2)

Publication Date: March 9, 2010

Format: Audiobook, 404 Pages (Hardcover)

ISBN-10: 0385736843 (Teens@Random)

ISBN-13: 978-0385736848 (Teens@Random)

Reviewed by: Karson

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.

Quick & Dirty: Interesting zombie book with great world building and it is full of suspense. The main character has some annoying moments, but overall it was a good read.

Opening Sentence: The story goes that even after the Return they tried to keep the roller coasters going.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

In a world where everyone has barred themselves up city to city, for survival, the main character, Gabry, slowly tests the boundaries and rules of the current civilization. An obedient and law abiding citizen, only having known security, changes in a chain reaction one night after sneaking out with friends across the borders of the city set up to keep all Mudo (zombies) from biting, infecting, and spreading the disease, get attacked by a lone Unconsecrated. The Mudo attack changes her life.

In the book, humans have given up on expansion and technology, in fact there is a huge digression. They have gone into cocoons and tried to survive in their own communities, needing to be separated from other towns and cities.  This is not living as much of a life, as it should be and could be.

A cute boy gives her a first kiss, and things look like they will remain secure. Let’s get married, you hot McHottie! But, what a twist, he may not be the guy. I won’t say why, but hey, who knows. Then that other guy shows up. Yep, another guy, who may also have kisses for her that aren’t made of chocolate.

There are a lot of should’ve, would’ve, could’ve in this book. If only I hadn’t gone here, or hadn’t done this, things would have been better. The character realizes what use are experiences if we are not allowed to remember them. She didn’t want to forget her experiences, which initially drove her to cross the barrier again. The girl used to think in black and white. But throughout the book, she begins to consider the grey; that we don’t have to live in the boundaries we set up. We are to push the barriers and build a new world.

The Mudo come to life when a non infected human is nearby, thirsting, and reaching for a chance for blood, a chance to infect. They don’t think, reason, they don’t love, they don’t work, they don’t function like a human, but are not dead. She wonders if the Mudo are really monsters, or just another form of life that struggles to survive. That maybe they are different but not horrible? I don’t know, but how are we to think that we should break the barriers, when on the other side of the barrier you could become a Zombie and not live life? I still think they are monsters.

Dead Tossed Waves was a very interesting read full of suspense, romance, and zombies. Ryan did a wonderful job making me feel like I was a part of the story and the world she created was captivating. I found the main character annoying when she whined about the past and the bad decisions she made. She was also really naïve when it came to the monsters which was frustrating. The ending was satisfying and leaves you wanting to know what happens next. I listened to the audio book of this title and I enjoyed the narrator.  She did a good job making the story more interesting and fun to listen too. I would recommend it to someone that is looking for a good zombie book that’s not to scary.

Notable Scene:

She looks down at her trembling hand still hovering between us. “because I didn’t want to remember,” she whispers.

Rage tears through me. “Then why are you telling me now?”

She lets her arm fall. The waves break around us; the last gasphole story.” of light loses its battle with the evening. “Because you’re right,” she says. “We are nothing more than or stories and who we love. What we pass on, how we exist…it’s having people remember who we are. We’re terrible at that in this world. At remembering. At passing it on. And it is not fair that I’m the only one who knows your whole story.”

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

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

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