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The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth Series #2)

The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth Series #2)

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by Carrie Ryan

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Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She's content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast--home is all she's ever known and all she needs for happiness.
But life after the Return is never safe.
Gabry's mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but like the dead in


Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She's content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast--home is all she's ever known and all she needs for happiness.
But life after the Return is never safe.
Gabry's mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but like the dead in their world, secrets don't stay buried. And now, Gabry's world is crumbling.
In one reckless moment, half of Gabry's generation is dead, the other half imprisoned.
Now Gabry knows only one thing: if she has any hope of a future, she must face the forest of her mother's past.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ryan returns with a companion to her critically acclaimed debut, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, which functions as something of a retelling of that story, albeit with a different protagonist. Gabry lives in the seaside town of Vista, the same place that Mary landed at the end of the previous book. Like Mary's former village, Vista is carefully protected from the Mudo (the Unconsecrated), zombielike humans constantly seeking people to infect. After a reckless nighttime adventure with her friends turns tragic, Gabry avoids punishment, but can't escape the changes to and revelations about her life that quickly mount. Like its predecessor, this book features a breach of the town, an escape into the Forest, a love triangle, the ever-present and inexhaustible Mudo, and an extraordinarily bleak mood. But it also offers an expansion of postapocalyptic detail (including the Recruiters, a militant, policelike organization that hunts and brutalizes as much as it tries to protect) and a few inspired surprises. Despite the books' similarities, readers are sure to be hooked, as this novel also retains Ryan's gripping storytelling style and engaging prose. Ages 14–up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth) revisits the world of the Mudo (formerly known as the Unconsecrated) in this story of Gabry, the daughter of the first book's protagonist. Gabry and her mother Mary live in a lighthouse in the place now known as Vista. Mary's job is to kill those Mudo who wash ashore. When Gabry pursues Catcher, a boy she has known for years, into the forest, her action has devastating results, and soon she must decipher messages her mother has left for her and venture back into the terrifying forest. As Mary was before her, Gabry is torn between the love of two young men: Catcher and Elias, who shows up out of the cruel society of Seekers. The world of the first book is developed further here, with the Seekers being one of its more interesting manifestations. The clues left in a book of Shakespeare's sonnets come as an interesting surprise, as do several other plot turns, some involving Gabry's friend Cira, others related to Catcher's shifting role. It is difficult to believe that Gabry has not anticipated some of these possibilities, even as sheltered as she has been. But then this novel is not always about internal story logic or even about the prose, which tends at times to be overwrought. What drives it is the twisting plot, the pace, and the compelling, agonizingly detailed terrors of this world in which the undead are ever threatening and the safety of the living has been an illusion all along. A series of further surprises at the end lead Gabry to learn a truth about herself. The novel stands alone or can be read in tandem with the first book; judging by the ending there will be more to come. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
VOYA - Diane Colson
The best and worst night of Gabry's life starts with the promise of romance. Lured by the possibility of a kiss from her long-time crush, Catcher, Gabry goes against all better instincts and climbs over the Barrier that shelters her town. Outside the Barrier, Gabry and her friends enjoy a heady sense of freedom until they are attacked by a Mudo, a former human infected with a virus that transforms the person into a blood-ravenous, zombie-like monster. By the end of the evening, most of Gabry's friends have been arrested, two have been killed, and Catcher has been bitten, almost certainly infected with the Mudo virus. Readers of the companion novel, The Forest of Hands and Teeth (Delacorte, 2009), will recognize this horrific world where people live in constant terror of the Mudos, or Unconsecrated. As in that other story, Gabry discovers that her "safe" life is built on lies. She also finds herself fleeing along the paths of the forest, torn between loving two very different men. Despite these parallels, the books have their own distinctive narrative and setting, which makes them very much like interlocking puzzle pieces. Readers can start with either book, but certainly fans of the first book will be delighted by the way Ryan weaves the stories together. Some fantastic coincidences help tie up loose ends from the companion piece. Judging by the way this book ends, readers can anticipate more adventures set in this ruined landscape. Recommend it to fans of apocalyptic fiction or zombie lore. Reviewer: Diane Colson
Barbara A. Ward
A barricade protects the citizens of Vista from the ever-shambling zombies yearning for human flesh. Mary lives in the lighthouse, watching for zombies who may wash ashore. When they do, she decapitates them. The barricade and Mary keep Vista safe from the zombies, also known as the Mudo or the Unconsecrated. When Gabrielle, Mary's daughter, crosses the Barrier to hang out with her friends one night, her actions have consequences for the entire village. In this companion novel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, readers learn more about what happened to its heroine, Mary, once she arrived in Vista. After the truth is revealed about Gabry's past, both women embark on separate journeys through the dangerous forest—Mary to find the truth about those she left behind, Gabry possibly to find her past and her future. The pages are filled with horror, beauty, and spiritual ruminations as the characters are tested constantly. Reviewer: Barbara A. Ward
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Timid, thoughtful Gabry has grown up safely in the city of Vista. She lives in a lighthouse with her mother, Mary, the daring heroine of The Forest of Hands and Teeth (Delacorte, 2009), whose job it is to kill Mudo—zombies—as they wash ashore. Then one night, Cira, Gabry's best friend, and Catcher, Cira's brother, convince her to sneak outside Vista's walls. With the attack of one Breaker—a fast zombie—everything changes: a friend is killed, Catcher is infected, and Cira is imprisoned and destined for the Recruiters, the army that protects the loose federation of cities left after the Return. Feeling both guilty for having escaped punishment and self-destructive after the revelation that Mary in fact adopted her, Gabry pushes herself to cross the city's Barrier again. Some pieces of the narrative are well constructed: the constant, looming threat of the Mudo, Gabry's quiet determination and daring in the face of fear, and villainous soldier Daniel's palpably frightening power-grabbing sexual advances. Other details are less believable, like Mary's suddenly abandoning her daughter and her duties to seek her past in the Forest. Though flawed, this volume has enough action, romance, and depth of character to satisfy, and the cliff-hanger ending will leave fans hungry for the third book.—Megan Honig, New York Public Library

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Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Forest of Hands and Teeth Series , #2
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5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.87(d)
HL790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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The story goes that even after the Return they tried to keep the roller coasters going. They said it reminded them of the before time. When they didn't have to worry about people rising from the dead, when they didn't have to build fences and walls andbarriers to protect themselves from the masses of Mudo constantly seeking human flesh. When the living weren't forever hunted.  

They said it made them feel normal.  

And so even while the Mudo--neighbors and friends who'd been infected, died and Returned--pulled at the fences surrounding the amusement park, they kept the rides moving.  

Even after the Forest was shut off, one last gasp at sequestering the infection and containing the Mudo, the carousel kept turning, the coasters kept rumbling, the teacups kept spinning. Though my town of Vista was far away from the core of the Protectorate, they hoped people would come fly along the coasters. Would still want to forget.  

But then travel became too difficult. People were concerned with trying to survive and little could make them forget the reality of the world they lived in. The coasters slowly crumbled outside the old city perched at the tip of a long treacherous road along the coast. Everyone simply forgot about them, one other aspect of pre-Return life that gradually dimmed in the memories and stories passed down from year to year.  

I never really thought about them until tonight--when my best friend's older brother invites us to sneak past the Barriers and into the ruins of the amusement park with him and his friends.  

"Come on, Gabry," Cira whines, dancing around me. I can almost feel the energy and excitement buzzing off her skin. We stand next to the Barrier that separates Vista from the ruins of the old city, the thick wooden wall keeping the dangers of the world out and us safely in. Already a few of the older kids have skimmed over the top, their feet a flash against the night sky. I rub my palms against my legs, my heart a thrum in my chest.  

There are a thousand reasons why I don't want to go with them into the ruins, not the least of which is that it's forbidden. But there's one reason I do want to take the risk. I glance past Cira to her brother and his eyes catch mine. I can't stop the seep of heat crawling up my neck as I dart my gaze away, hoping he didn't notice me looking and at the same time desperately wishing he did.  

"Gabry?" he asks, his head tilted to the side. From his lips my name curls around my ears. An invitation.  

Afraid of the tangle of words twisting around my own tongue, I swallow and place my hand against the thick wood of the Barrier. I've never been past it before. It's against the rules to leave the town without permission and it's also risky. While mostof the ruins are bordered by old fences from after the Return, Mudo can still get through them.   They can still attack us.  

"We shouldn't," I say, more to myself than to Cira or Catcher. Cira just rolls her eyes; she's already jumping with desire to join the others. She grabs my arm with a barely repressed squeal.  

"This is our chance," she whispers to me. I don't tell her what I've been thinking--that it's our chance to get in trouble at best and I don't want to think about what could happen at worst.  

But she knows me well enough to read my thoughts. "No one's been infected in years," she says, trying to convince me. "Catcher and them go out there all the time. It's totally safe."  

Safe--a relative term. A word my mother always uses with a hard edge to her voice. "I don't know . . . ," I say, twisting my fingers together, wishing I could just say no and be done with it but hating to disappoint my best friend the way I've done too often before.

From the Hardcover edition.


Meet the Author

   CARRIE RYAN is the New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy that includes The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, The Dark and Hollow Places, and the original ebook Hare Moon. She has edited the short story compilation Foretold: 14 Stories of Prophecy and Prediction and contributed to many other story collections herself, including, Zombies vs. Unicorns, Kiss Me Deadly, and Enthralled. Her work has been translated into over eighteen languages and her first novel is in production as a major motion picture. Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Carrie is a graduate of Williams College and Duke University School of Law. A former litigator, she now writes full time and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit her at CarrieRyan.com.

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The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 277 reviews.
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lived thid and all of her books! Its suspenceful and romantic and full of horror all in one...dont miss out. I look forward ti future works
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a magnificent book espicially with all of the action happening in the atmosphere. Gabry is teenage girl who always had a fear of beyond the forest of hands and teeth ( what her mother called the forest ) but on a fateful day she jumps over the barrier with her friends and only crush Catcher, but on that fateful day her world would be changed forever. She then has to go over the barrier and to the forest of hands and teeth to find her mother and survive with her true love catcher, follow gabry and catcher as they battle through mudo ( Undead ) having true friends die for each other, listening in the darkness for any sign or sound of mudo, and to fight for survival . This book should be read to everybody and for people who love romance, horror, and action.
Lawral More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters in this book i thought were well rounded, It had everything a reader could possible want, love, horror, friendship, loss, it was all very very great. The only thing that kinda made me mad was how it didn't give very much detail as to where Gabriel really comes from. i don't have anything bad to say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this just because it was ridiculously cheap at my old job. After I started to read the book, I couldn't stop and then I found out there were two more! I had to buy the other books right away! Love this book!
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Amazing story
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A really bood book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book but it frusturates me. In the beggining you have no idea what is going on. I thought it was like a prequil and it was about Gabreill the breaker. Other than that the only thing that bothers me is the lack of knowledge of her mothers life. I know that Carry Ryan did that so that the new knowledge to Gabreill keeps us interested but it still really frustureates me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive been in thhe same situation. Hang around him a lot but not enough that he thinks your stalking him. Be nice and make sure you laugh a lot to have a good vibe that he will enjoy being around. Eventually hell get the point and maybe srtart to like you back. Be nice to your friend and hang out with her a lot more so if hes noticing her... hell start noticing u :) -D'Lee
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A girl named Gabrielle had a wonderful life. She never broke the rules, she was safe from the Mudo - or Unconsecrated as some call it - and she had her mother her two best friends, Catcher and Cira. That all turned around when Gabrielle crossed the barrier one night to show the one she thought she loved that she was brave. Prior to that night, Gabry watched her friends get infected, watched her self change, met another friend (named Elija), learned of his life and of her history, and of her mothers, also. This, and so much more, happens throughout this terror-filled adventure, running away from all she's ever known, into the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Throughout this journey, she experiences loss, regret, betrayal, love, and great fear. The question is: Will she make it thorough it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second book in the series. Jusr as good as the first. I love the story telling and while new characters are introduced there is always one from the previous books you are aleady familar with.
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WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
This series is building on itself in a completely new way. Instead of just picking up where book one left off, you don't find out all the details of Mary's story right away. You are taken a several years down the road. At first I was worried, because I wanted to know what happened to Mary and her friends, and this book skips to Gabry, but through the story you find out what happened or didn't happen. You have some of the same characters as the first book only now they are older, plus you have the new generation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I didn't like that the story continued with a different character because I had gotten to know Mary. Once I got more into it, I loved how their stories intertwined and progressed. I am really looking forward to reading the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, must read the whole series!
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Loved it this is a great book couldnt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So great it really evolved the zombie genre