Friday, December 17, 2010

Review: The Dead Tossed Waves

Goodreads Description:
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.

My thoughts:
As much as I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I loved this book even more. Right from the very beginning the story is full of action and suspense. I have never wanted to throw a book through the wall just by reading the first few chapters like I did with this book. I thought the character development was wonderful. In The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Mary was headstrong, had dreams, knew what she wanted, and wasn't content to stay locked up in her town. Gabry, on the other hand, was content. She felt safe and when her world is turned upside she becomes a stronger person even though she is scared while doing it.

It seems like all the books I've read lately have had some sort of love triangle - this being no exception. But with this book, I really liked both of the guys. I could see what she liked in both of them and it would be so hard to choose between them!

I'm so looking forward to The Dark and Hollow Places. Even though it takes up with a different lead I'm sure we are going to see some of Gabry and find out what happens.

1 comment:

Bea said...

Gah! I liked "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" but I also find zombie stories extremely unsettling and haven't picked up "The Dead Tossed Waves." I'm glad to hear that it's good, though! I think YA love triangles have been getting better and better. I've been seeing a lot more where *both* love interests are equally desirable in different ways, but they don't fall into the old trope where one of them turns out to be evil or superficial. It makes it much more compelling, in my opinion.

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