Monday, 2 August 2010

The Dead-Tossed Waves By Carrie Ryan

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 ever 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 the Forest 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.

Now Gabry knows only one thing; if she has any hope of a future, she must face the forest of her mother's past.

The Dead-Tossed Waves is the sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. First off I will start by saying I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth. There was a need for survival and hope throughout the book even though the threat and torment from the Unconsecrated seemed never-ending. It was filled with suspense, danger, horror and heartache but with a resounding voice of hope and the need to keep going even if all seemed lost.

The Dead-Tossed Waves had this same need for survival woven throughout the pages but I felt the hope was in short supply, as if there wasn't a real goal until right at the end. Even though it was a slightly depressing read I still loved it as the writing was so powerful and flowed easily. When I initially picked up the book I was slightly disappointed to find that the story doesn't really continue with Mary's life but with her daughter's, Gabry. All that was forgotten though when I started reading and saw that the two novels connect beautifully and I became immersed in Gabrys world almost immediately.

Overall, I would definetly recommend this book and I will be on the lookout for the next sequel, The Dark and Hollow Places.

Random Passage: The sun is bright and hot, the cicadas a loud buzz that seems to build inside my chest. I take a deep breath and press my fingers into the gaps of the sturdy logs, not caring that it's daylight. Not caring what happens if I'm caught. Just needing to take one last gasp of the person I could be if I didn't fear so much.

1 comment:

Clover said...

I'm glad that that disappointment didn't last. I have a copy of this book heading my way, and at first I thought 'oh, it's not about Mary' just like you. I'm hoping I get just as swept up in her daughter's life..