Title: The Dead-Tossed Waves
Author: Carrie Ryan
Published: March 9th, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Summary: 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.
Carrie Ryan’s book really puts a definition on what I expect from a wonderful story. There was suspenseful action, believable romance, and heart-gripping horror. We are taken through Gabry’s journey of finding out who she is in such a messed up world that is becoming more dangerous by the day. It makes you wonder how you would survive living in the world where your every move is surrounded by the undead.
The Dead-Tossed Waves, I would say, is better than the first book. Not that I didn’t love The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I just felt like there was a better connection I made with Gabry than Mary. There was more action in this book and it’s all epic and all begins on the very first pages. Also, Carrie did something that I was deeply impressed by because I have come across very few authors who could do so, but she made me fall in love with one guy and hope for Gabry’s romantic relationship to be with him, but she then brought in anther guy that I fall for. Love triangles are tricky, but she pulled it off flawlessly and there was a real struggle for who Gabry should go for. The way Carrie can tell a story is so graphic and real it really brought the story to life. There was never a dull moment while reading and I greatly am looking forward to the next in the series to see where Gabry’s journey continues! I loved this book’s every word and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves an epic adventure and seeing how love can be found in even the darkest of times.