**The Dead-Tossed Waves-- Carrie Ryan

Release Date: March 7, 2010
Pages: 404
Genre: Horror

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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.
Review: What can you say about zombies? Except that THEY ROCK!

Carrie Ryan is brilliant. Seriously. It's easy to make a zombie movie intense, because you're always lookin' at 'em. It's much harder to make a book intense like this one. Just like in The Forest of Hands and Teeth you had the constant presence of the Unconsecrated (now called Mudo) in this book that just gave me chills! (especially at 1 in the morning)

I didn't like this book as much as Hands and Teeth, probably because I wanted to know more about Mary! This book takes place something like 30 years after Hands and Teeth ends. I wanted to know what happened to Mary! The book did briefly summarize what she'd gone through, but not enough! Not enough!

Gabry was a delightful character, just as conflicted as her mother was in H&T but just as brave deep inside.

*sigh* I love these books. They're intensely horrific, while not being inappropriate.

Way to go Carrie Ryan, you've done it again. I sit on pins and needles for your next book in the series and your 3 short stories.

P.S. Although, Carrie doesn't really seem to like love interests...

P.P.S. It's my half-birthday!


  1. Happy half birthday, from the Valley of Farts and Yawns.

  2. Nice, detailed review. I still have yet to read the first one. But I want to.

  3. These novels sound very interesting! Come to think of it, I haven't actually read a "horror" for a while. At least, I haven't really been scared silly after reading something since Goosebumps :P


  4. Happy half birthday! The day you posted this was my real birthday :)

  5. I'm seeing such great reviews for this book. I'll definitely have to pick this one up along with her other book.


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