The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I wanted nothing more than to rush out and buy The Dead-Tossed Waves. But I practiced a very rare form of self restraint for two entire months (while working my way through a pile of ARC's), finally rewarding myself a couple of weeks ago with both it and The Lost Hero (my other piece of incredible self-restraint).
I'm not sure if the wait was part of why I went mad when I finally started reading it? But one way or another I tore through it in just over 24 hours which was my feeble attempt at dragging it out a bit.
Hardy Har Har.
Now I might die in anticipation of the third and final part- The Dark and Hollow Places, releasing March 22nd 2011. Seriously, I might.
The Dead-Tossed Waves starts where The Forest of Hands and Teeth left off, some unspecified amount of time later (my guess is about 25-30 years), with Gabry. Mary's daughter.
Oh, that's right, see you already want to read it too don't you?!
The story follows Gabry for the most part, but with great cameos from characters from The Forest of Hands and Teeth and of course Mary. As with The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves is a story of love and survival in the post-apocalyptic world where the Infected are more numerous than the uninfected and where humanity has wasted away to the primitive life of survival in towns and cities that have partially crumbled to the ground.
Prior to meeting the hubby, I can't say I was very interested in horror, and especially not in zombies. But of course people will introduce you to all sorts of great things if you give them the chance, and that's exactly what he did. He started with The Stand, which I was deeply surprised about how much I enjoyed, and moved on in baby steps from there. So when Mrs DeRaps Reads suggested a great zombie book, I was on-board. Little did I know she was introducing me to a super, stellar Zombie trilogy I would be crazed for!
In a nutshell I love the feel of these books. The crumbling world where people know very little about pre-infection society not only lends the story a great creepy ambiance but makes the mystery of the zombies and what really happened all that more intriguing. It also gives all the characters the sheltered life they need for the story to build on the relationships, fear and adventure aspects in all the right ways. Think The Village, meets The Waking Dead and you'll have an idea of what I'm talking about.
As much as I'm looking forward to the last book, I have to say I'll be very sad if The Dark and Hollow Places marks the end of Carries rambles through that world. She's made me love zombies in a way I hardly knew I could and to be honest, I don't want it to end. So fingers crossed that she's on her way to writing another as we speak!
The Dead-Tossed Waves, By Carrie Ryan
Published by Delacorte Books, March 2010