The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

I have finished my second zombie book. Third if you count Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. You might say that I am on a zombie rampage. (I don’t know why you’d say that, but I guess you might.)

The Dead-Tossed Waves picks up several years after The Forest of Hands and Teeth and features Gabry, Mary’s daughter. After a late-night adventure goes all wrong, Gabry manages to escape but her friends are either dead or imprisoned. Out of guilt and responsibility, she tries to make up for some of the things she has done. As she tries to help, she ends up with more questions about who she is and where her mother came from, questions that lead her to places she has never been, including back into the Forest.

I have to admit that I read the worst of the zombie scenes with one eye closed as fast as I could. I can’t really think about zombies lumbering around to bite and infect people without getting the heebie jeebies. Even though zombies are not my cup of tea, this is a great book. I thought The Forest of Hands and Teeth was extremely compelling (it would have to be, to get me to read about zombies), but I thought that The Dead-Tossed Waves had more fully developed characters, a better romantic story, and a little bit more direction to the story. I also liked the way that it ended and I am already excited about the third book, The Dark and Hollow Places, which should be out in a year or so. Don’t get me wrong – I really liked The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I just liked The Dead-Tossed Waves even more. I am going to get it processed for my school over spring break so I can get it in the hands of all those girls who have already fallen in love with this world.

If you missed Carrie Ryan’s Q&A here last week, check it out. And she’s answering questions at Random Buzzers until April 2, so check that out, too!

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