Ask me if I’m happy this trilogy is over? My answer would be… I’m really not sure. Of the three books – I think my favourite has still got to be The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Maybe because it was such a different type of zombie book – my first! And… I think the relationship between the four “founding” friends really got to me. I really enjoyed the second book The Dead Tossed Waves – but I think I lost a little bit. Who was who and how they were all related – and this loss that I experienced carried through for this last book. I was able to make a few more of the connections – but I’m still a bit confused and lost.
Now having expressed my confusion – I adored the relationships again in this book. I don’t know… Carrie Ryan just has a way of capturing the intricacies of a relationship and is able to twist and turn them in such a way that grabs me and just never lets me go. I was devastated when Elias left Annah and chose Gabry – but as I continued to read – I found myself falling for Catcher and hoping that things would work out my way 🙂 Wonderful! Absolutely lovely!!!
Have you guessed that even though I may be confused about the flow of the 3 books, I love each one of them individually and recommend them all!!! Now you know there’s an extra piece to this story – and I haven’t had the chance to read it yet – but I’m planning on it!!! It’s called Hare Moon and it’s a prequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Check it out on Carrie’s Blog.
Ages: 14 and up
“They pile on top of each other against the walls – they’ll push any barriers down. A horde that big… it’s like pouring the ocean into a jar except the island is the jar. …” p. 77
“Sometimes life isn’t about the end,” he finally says. “It’s not always about tomorrow and the day after that – what we achieve over the years and how we leave the world. Sometimes it’s about today.” p. 176
Ryan, Carrie. (2011). The Dark and Hollow Places. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.
Author website: http://www.carrieryan.com/