Thursday, January 20, 2011

Review: The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 9, 2010
Genre: YA Dystopian

The Story (from the book jacket): Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She's content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. Home is all she's eve
r known, and all she needs for happiness.
But life after the Return is never safe, and there are threats even the Barrier can't hold back.
Gabry's mother thought she left her secrets behind in t
he forst of Hands and Teeth, but like the dead in their world, secrets don't stay buried. And now, Gabry's world is crumbling.
One night beyond the Barrier...
One boy Gabry's known forever and one veiled in mystery...
One reckless moment, and half of Gabry's generation is dead, the other half imprisoned.
Gabry knows only one thing: if she is to have any hope of a future
, she must face the forest of her mother's past.

My Review: It is no secret that I was not very
fond of The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I really wanted to be, but I just wasn't. I was worried about reading this book, being the next book in the series. People I had talked to told me to stay with it, that it was better than the first one.
I am glad I listened to them. I really liked this book, to the point of a few late nights of reading, because I couldn't put it down.

**For those of you who haven't read it, there are possible spoilers in this review, so you might want to stop now. **

This book takes place many year after The Forest of Hands
and Teeth. Gabry is the daughter of prior heroine, Mary. Mary has taught Gabry to be very careful when it comes to breaching the Barrier. She wanted her daughter to be cautious, but instead she became fearful. She never wanted to do anything the other kids did, or take any of their risks.
One night, she finally decides to do it, mainly for a boy she likes, and the repercussions are enormous.
Gabry finds herself reevaluating everything she kn
ows and taking risks she never thought she would ever take.
There are some small things that irritated me in this book, but they were not enough to take away from how much I liked it.
I liked the fact that it took place in the future,
instead of continuing on where The Forest of Hands and Teeth left off. I still found out what happened to Mary, and later on in the book, even some of the other characters.
But this story is Gabry's journey, and how she g
rows and finds out things about her life that change everything she ever thought... About her mother, about her life, mostly about herself.
There were a lot of "wow, I never saw THAT coming" moments in this book as well.
I definitely recommend this book to everyone out there, whether you liked The Forest of Hands
and Teeth, or not.
I am on the edge of my seat waiting for The Da
rk and Hollow Places to find out what happens next.

My Rating:


  1. I adored this book! Simply wonderful. In fact I like it so much I went right to the bookstore and bought the new book. Nice review.

  2. Great review! Sounds like it was well worth it!!

  3. Glad you enjoyed this!
    Thanks for the warning about the spoilers. l haven't read it so didn't read the review but 4/5 is good!



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