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The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 2) Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 9, 2010
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I figured The Dead-Tossed Waves would be a furthering of that mythology, those characters, that same quest to find something more than what Mary had always known. Instead we're plopped into the story two seconds before life erupts for Mary's daughter.
Okay, fine. And some clever ideas were introduced but so riddled with the internal whining of the narrator that it was hard to appreciate them. There was very little development of the characters or the mythology (though we did get a small taste).
As everything changes for Gabry we're treated with her repetitive thoughts on that - ad nauseum - until it really was more like reading a whiny blog entry.
We're also treated to all the times Gabry thinks she ought to say or do something to someone that might actually help the story move on or ease her unhappiness but she almost always chooses against it. And the myriad times she goes from being attracted to one boy, then being mad at him, suddenly being attracted to the other, then being mad at HIM... you get the picture. Another viewer pointed out that her final choice really does come out of the blue. For a book written entirely in the thoughts of the narrator, that was probably one of the thought processes the reader would've actually liked to have heard.Read more ›
Vista is a town that is well protected and guarded. Slowly the system of justice is being rebuilt by the Protectorate, a confederate government that rules from the Dark City. They are bringing back law and order to the small towns like Vista. Gabry enjoys her small town life and the simplicity of it all. But that all comes crashing down one night when a group of kids her age, including her best friend Cira, and her older brother Catcher, decide to break the rules and climb the fence and sneak into the abandoned amusement park that was kept running as long as it could even after the zombies outbreak. Gabry isn't the type to break any rules and enjoys order. But because of the deep feelings she has for Catcher, and wants to impress him, she goes along with the group. During this short moment, where Gabry enjoys her first kiss from Catcher, life as they knew it will be changed forever.
A special type of zombie, called a Breaker, attacks the teens. A Breaker is different from a Mudo because they are very fast and rabid. A few of the teens are bitten and quickly are transformed into them. Among them is Catcher, who stops them, but is bitten and infected.Read more ›
To me, every good book needs romance. "The Dead-Tossed Waves" offers it, but it's weak. You know very little about any of the men, which makes it harder to like them. I got to the point that I didn't care who Gabry ended up with, because I couldn't get attached to anyone. And when Gabry does make her decision, it comes out of nowhere. She's kissing one guy one minute, the declaring her love for another the next.
The only real action that happened is in the first 20 pages. After that, it's a bunch of teen angst, horrible writing, and hope that somewhere in the next hundred pages, a glimpse of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" will show. So little happened, that I feel the author wrote the book only because the first one left you hanging. I think Ryan was better off leaving it with a bang then writing this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even though I hated the first book and wanted the main character to get bitten by the zombies, I decided to pick this one up. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Booklova
I picked up the audiobook version of this book in the "free" bin at my local library. Only a determination to "finish what I started" along with a really long... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Shields
Huge page Turner. Almost forgot to sleep. Really put you in the main character shoesPublished 2 months ago by Linda hussong
Fun book for teens and older. Overall, a good book with an interesting take on the zombie genre. I do like the question the author poses for her readers; what is the difference... Read morePublished 4 months ago by E. Howard
A great book, and series. It's and interesting twist on a zombie apocalypse.Published 6 months ago by Ali B.
Great followup to The Forrest of Hands and Teeth. Perhaps even better than the first!Published 7 months ago by J. Steven Butler