The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

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. [via GoodReads]

As a big fan of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I was really looking forward to getting my hands on The Dead-Tossed Waves. And boy, was I happy to see that not only did Ms. Ryan live up to the awesomeness that was The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but she might have even surpassed it in this one.

This is zombie mayhem at its best - but don't take me wrong, although this is a zombie book, this is also so much more. For one, the characters are all vividly descriptive, three-dimensional and very likeable. Gabry was a wonderful protagonist - she's young, she's scared, she questions herself in almost everything she does... nothing like Mary (TFHT). Where Mary was brave, strong-willed (even to a fault), was in need of something more in life then the relatively safe life she lived in her village in the forest, Gabry was the total opposite. Gabry is quiet, reserved, shy, she thinks before she acts and she enjoys the safety found within the town of Vista with its barricaded walls and constant patrolling of the town. The Mudo (a/k/a the Unconsecrated) are something that is found outside those walls - something that she and her mother might deal with if it washes up in the shores surrounding their lighthouse after a storm, but not something that is a constant or direct danger to her. Yet after a couple of pages that quickly changes.

Within these pages you will read about life in a world where there is life after death... just not the type where you walk into the light. Where once you return you become a soulless being only driven by the scent of blood and the need to infect. But more importantly, this is a story of hope, of love, of loss, of dealing with the lemons life hands you. Ms. Ryan's writing is stellar. She definitely has a way with words. She captured me from the first chapter and spit me out in the end in a heap. Because yes, although many questions are answered throughout the story relating to TFHT, there are still so many left unanswered. And that final moment in the book left me with my mouth open and freaking out because I've searched everywhere and still can't find out if and when there will be another book... yes, there is a cliff-hanger.

All in all, I am once again in awe of the world created by Ms. Ryan. Her story is one that although grimly revolves around pain and death, it also holds you enthralled with its vivid descriptions, relateable characters, and action-packed journey, making it an exciting and enticing read. Although this is considered a companion book to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I do recommend that you read that one first. Reading The Dead-Tossed Waves first is like eating dessert before your meal. With all that said, I truly cannot tell you how anxious I am to hear of the next in the series... and to be quite honest, I hope it picks up right where this one left off. I highly recommend this.

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Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

this sounds superb!! Loved your review

Veens said...

I have never read any "Zombie" books! And I am sure I really need to ! this book sounds good
Gr8 review Nely :)

Lauren {Geeb} said...

I am so excited!! I haven't read The Forest of Hands and Teeth but it has been on my list for quite a while. I think it is time to push it to the top of the pile now that I know that the next book is superb. Thanks for the review. Your blog is fab.

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

I just finished reading it this afternoon and I agree with what you said : I think Ryan surpassed her first novel with this one! I liked Gabry more than Mary for one thing, and oh, what an amazing worldbuilding she's done!

Darlene said...

I picked up both of these books the other day. I'm looking forward to reading them.

Yuki said...

I completely agree with you! This was awesome, and I really can't wait for another book from Carrie Ryan. I love her writing style, and this book was another example of how awesome it is :3

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