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14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Zombie Ocean

Four or five? FOUR OR FIVE? FOUR OR FIVE? Let's see how I'm feeling by the end of the review.

Okay, this book kinda takes place where the last one left off. Give or take twenty to thirty years. Instead of the lovely Mary, the narrator this time is Mary's daughter, G...
Four or five? FOUR OR FIVE? FOUR OR FIVE? Let's see how I'm feeling by the end of the review.

Okay, this book kinda takes place where the last one left off. Give or take twenty to thirty years. Instead of the lovely Mary, the narrator this time is Mary's daughter, Gabry. Now, I understand most of you are like "OMG, who's the father?" I know I was. But I can't say for threat of being flagged as a spoiler.

Anyway, Gabry has a very different upbringing from her mother. She lives in a ligthouse on the outskirts of a little town called Vista. She has a best friend and a crush on her best friend's brother. But most of all, she grows up safe and secure, without all that moaning in the background. But then, of course, it all goes wrong......dun dun DUN. Gabry and her friends take a little midnight hike over the Barrier and zombie hell breaks loose. The night ends with death, betrayals, and with half of her generation gone or imprisoned, life will never be the same for poor, sweet Gabry.

I have to say, this was a hell of a sequel. I thought it was actually much better than The Forest of Hands and Teeth aaaaaand all my questions were answered (well, about 88%). There were even some guest appearances and moments when I felt smarter than the narrator because I knew what something was and she didn't. What more can I gall ask for?

The writing was very much the same. It was beautiful in places, mostly sad, but hope shined through. I managed to read this in a period of 24 hours, which is no small feat when you have school and homework and yada yada yada. My point is that it's compelling and unputdownable (which is officially a word).

The world that Ryan sets up is just incredible, honestly. I find it completely convincing. It's mysterious and dark and scary. Just normal life with fewer good parts....and it has zombies.

I found Gabry more likable than her predcessor, but I don't feel fair comparing the two because they have totally different personalities.

Once again, the weakest part for me was the love triangle. I'm sick of those things. I always choose the wrong guy, then have a grudge against the author for having different taste in men. But this time I think I routing for the right guy.....I think. I have to wait and see if he dies first. Even though Gabry bounced back and forth between the two contestants, she never seemed ho-ish. Just confused.

But once again I could never tell if the couple was kissing. Does that make me weird, or does anyone else have that problem with these books? I don't know, there would be pages of getting close and comfy with one of her man-friends then they would get pissed or something, storm off, and Gabry would try to relive their "almost-kiss". And I would be like "Man, I though for SURE they were lipsmacking that time!"

Overall, I really liked this book. And if you want this book to be a stand-alone, go ahead. This book could do well without it's predecessor, although it's cliffhanger ending may be too much for someone with poor will power (aka me). I recommend this book to everyone, except those who like fairy-tale endings, "perfect" narrators, or can't handle flesh-eating corpses.

I've decided to go with five stars.

posted by Awesomeness1 on May 10, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Gabry, quit your whining already!

I wasn't that big of a fan of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and when this book, its sequel, finally came out, I decided I wasn't going to bother. But there is was, staring at me from the library shelves, and I had to grab it. TFoHaT left me with lots of questions about...
I wasn't that big of a fan of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and when this book, its sequel, finally came out, I decided I wasn't going to bother. But there is was, staring at me from the library shelves, and I had to grab it. TFoHaT left me with lots of questions about the Sisterhood, life after the return, and the survival of Mary and crew. And I wanted answers! The Dead-Tossed Waves held the possibility of answers and a story about the new generation of folks post-return besides. On some level it delivered, but on another, not so much.

All of my leftover questions from TFoHaT were answered, kind of, all in about 5 pages towards the end, and those answers were satisfying, I guess. Buuut those answers did not justify the rest of the book for me. There was less monotony and repetition in this book than in the last; really and truly a lot happened. Buuut it still didn't do it for me. A lot of the book was Gabry's reactions to what was going on around her, especially what went on between her and Catcher and her and new guy Elias. And, well, I didn't like being in Gabry's head. There were SO MANY TIMES that I wanted to shake her because she would read a situation as completely opposite of how I read it and/or completely opposite of how it actually happened. It helped to build tensions and intrigue the first couple of times she thought one of the boys was disregarding her or brushing her off when in actuality they were trying to profess their undying love, but when it happened EVERY TIME THEY TALKED, it got a little old.

And I have lingering questions. Again. These questions might convince me to pick up The Dark and Hollow Places when it comes out next March, but little else will.


Book source: Philly Free Library

posted by Lawral on August 27, 2010

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    Didn't like it.

    I'm really, really sad to have to give Carrie Ryan a two on one of her books because I just loved THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, but I found myself struggling to get through the companion. For many of reasons I did not like this book, one, being that Gabry was a character I felt any hope towards. Who doesn't love the strong heroin? and it seemed that all Gabry could say or think was how she messed everything up, everything's her fault, ect. Major pity party... I never was able to feel the emotions of the character and she seemed quite ditsy to be honest. Secondly, I didn't like the potential romances. At first glance, I wanted to punch Catcher for bringing Gabry into trouble and then kissing her, after he's known her for his whole life. He seemed like a major jerk right off the bat. As for Elias, he was okay, I did like him more than Catcher. But he was a little too touchy-feely and grabby for just meeting Gabry, a stranger. Third, the adventure was boring! I was so tired of reading this book, I was skimming over the last 20 pages, so I really don't know how it ended. I'm trying to find it online somewhere.... no luck so far. Anyway, the adventure was also a little boring in THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, but the companion was about 3 times worse. There was nothing to be excited about. I had no idea why they were on this mission in the first place. Four, It was very sad to see Mary as an old lady and how she never found anyone. I also found it odd that she never mention Travis to her "daughter" but told her about everything else. I was waiting for when it would come up, but never did. Five, Ryan's writing style got very old to me by the time I had read about 700 pages of her writing (both books put together). She always had the same, "I wanted to...." and you know she's going to say next what she did instead and how she felt about it. This is an entire paragraph in itself. I was so tired of hearing about how everyone's life in the Forest was due to dooms day and depression and the Unconsecrated. What's the point of writing a set of three companion books when there is no light at the end? Every page of the book is talking about how to question life and what's next, ect. Not much fun for a teen like me. She also had the exact same plot technique of 1) layout 2) start of story 3) boring nothingness...filler of space 4) falling of character, giving up hope 5) something good happens to character, fills her with hope and energy 6) tragedy occurs, climax, testing of strength! 7) falling actions, everyone dies/ leaves her 8) main character left all alone. All that's gained is wisdom, strength, and knowledge. So it was very similar to F.O.H.A.T. Now, for the positives (!): I do like Ryan's descriptions, they're very nice and like you're living out the story. I was also about to connect a little more with Gabry since she seemed more like the typical teenager than Mary (besides the annoying, "I ruin everything, I can't do this, I'm not strong enough" talk). Since I extremely loved FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, I would recommend to just sticking with that, don't read this, so you don't lose what you first loved about FOREST.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    eh,

    So, the first book was great! But the ending was crap. So I gave the sequel a chance....the book was SUPER GOOD. Then at the ending I was like WHAT THE HECK? So dumb. Disappointed. Oh well.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

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    Creepy!

    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.

    Gabry is satisfied with her life by the ocean. Sure she has to deal with the zombie bodies coming upon shore and sure she has friends that test her patience by going beyond the barriers, but overall - she has a Mother, a best friend, a boy she sees a future with, and a community that embraces her. All is okay . . . until one night when everything changes. Now her future is not as bright as she had hoped, friends/family are leaving, and the village is starting to ask questions she doesn't want to answer. She soon realizes that to find the truth, she must face her fears and go outside into a world she has ever known.

    Being part of the millions who devoured The Forest of Hands & Teeth in one sitting, I couldn't wait to begin The Dead-Tossed Waves. Though I would have liked to not have such a time jump in between the two stories, it was enjoyable to see past characters emerge and witness that life really does carry on, even in post-apocalyptic times. Gabry was a brave soul (since their are many scary moments) and I was heartbroken right along with her throughout all her pit-falls. Unfortunately, since the audience is already use to the world that is barricades, curfews, religious freaks, and crazy zombies - the book doesn't make you cling to it as the first one did. Yet, it definitely makes you interested in what's to come . . .

    Likes: Carrie Ryan's spook factor and how she can make your heart beat rapidly.

    Dislikes: The time gap. The readers had to get to know all NEW characters before getting back into the setting again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2011

    ????????????

    whaaaaat???? who did mary have a child with? what happened to harry and cass and jacob???? im soo confused.

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