Monday, April 4, 2011

The Dark and Hollow Places, By Carrie Ryan- Review

Although home desperately ill, I managed to send the super-hubby up to grab me a copy of The Dark and Hollow Places on release day.  Unfortunately I was in the middle of something else and had to force myself to hold out until it was completed before I dived in.

The final part in the series beginning with The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dark and Hollow Places follows Annah, Gabry's twin.  It starts in the fabled Dark City, and like The Forest of Hands and Teeth it delves into the pitfalls of "organised" society and the potential for true evil in humanity to grow.  I won't bother to give a book synopsis, presumably if you're about to take on (or have already) TDHP then you've read the first two books, The Forest of Hands and Teeth and the Dead-Tossed Waves.  So I'm sure your happy to be surprised with the final volume.  For the rest of you, stop waiting! This is a series worth reading, and which I'll go out on a limb, and guarantee you'll enjoy.

Throughout the three novels I've loved Carrie Ryan's epic scope of her world.  Set many generations after the fall, none of her characters know what life was like before, how it disappeared or why, but all of them are driven to explore out of curiosity or necessity.  And what they find manages to astound me, even though I'm quite aware there is an ocean and it's not a myth.  Somehow she's taken our world, post Apocalypse and made it something so different, and yet so plausible that I never for a moment doubt her.  I love how it's both much more naive and insular and yet more aware then we are in our pre-apocalypse world now. 

Between the three books all show different aspects of the culture and life grown up from the seeds of the zombie apocalypse.  Each one is entirely unique and yet the same in some ways, their differences being the fascinating twists in the world and the similarities creating a commentary on humanity, evil and the quest for survival. The Dark City- a decrepit city where the fight for survival is one of the hardest, Vista- the seaside city where the dead don't just push at the fences but are swept in with the tide as well, and the forest village- remote, backwards and unaware of the world around it. Three people, each raised somewhere entirely different, but indelibly interlinked, not only carry you through and teach you about their worlds but cause you to fall in love with them. 

All three books managed to sweep me away into a creepy world that somehow still abounds with hope. They create a perfect arcing trilogy and TDHP wrapped it all up on what felt like  both the most open ended note as well as the ideal place to leave them.  All in all I couldn't ask for a single change in Carrie Ryan's series, I loved every minute of it.  Now I'm dying to see what she has next up her sleeve!

The Dark and Hollow Places, By Carrie Ryan
Published by Random House, March 2011
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  1. I can't wait to read this, I can't believe I forgot it's out now!!! Thanks for the reminder I'm off to grab a copy tomorrow!

  2. hahahahah, too many releases! It's becoming impossible to keep up. Can't wait to see what you think.