Title: The Dead-Tossed Waves
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 2010
Pages: 407
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth #2
4 STARS: I Really Liked It

From Goodreads.com:
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.

WARNING: NOT FOR YOUNG TEENS DUE TO VIOLENCE

My Thoughts:
OH. MY. HECK. This book is horrifying, thrilling, romantic, a major page turner. This is NOT the type of book I would normally pick up. I read the first book of the series, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, for a library book club. I had no idea what it would be about, but I was hooked once I started.

I can’t remember how the infection started (I think it’s explained in book 1), but basically if a person is infected they die and ‘return’ with no memory of who they are. All they do is exist to infect others. Entire cities died, but those that survived built walls and fences around their cities to keep the ‘mudo’ out so no one could be bitten and then turned into another mudo. It’s truly horrifying if you really picture it during the fighting and running scenes. I mostly just concentrate on the main characters surviving instead of the Mudo which are basically zombies.

I love how Gabrielle changes and grows through the story. It is wonderful to see her come to understand herself better. I love the romance. Will she choose Catcher or Elias? Which boy is better for her? These books never end how I’d like! Not enough closure mostly.

For you parents that read this blog for your kids’ book recommendations, I do not recommend this book for teens under 15.  There are dead people killing other people who then turn into a dead killing machine for crying out loud!! It’s terrifying! But for some reason I just can’t stop reading. There’s no bad language or sexual content, just kissing.

Happy Reading!

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