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

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

by Carrie Ryan


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ISBN-13: 9780385736855
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/08/2011
Series: Forest of Hands and Teeth Series , #2
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 159,436
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.31(h) x 0.95(d)
Lexile: HL790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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

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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.

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The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 319 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.
snaprebelx on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I actually liked this one more then the first one. It had more twists to it. Sometimes I wanted to slap Gabry and tell her to toughen up. But put in those circumstances, I cant exactly say I'd do any better.This one left me looking forward to the next book much more then the first one did.
cablesclasses on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Part 2 clearly takes our futuristic world consisting of zombies into a fully-fledged fight for survival. The concept that other microcosms of life exist brings this part of the trilogy to a higher level of awareness that others can help and survive...that death and the return are not the only answers. Also awakened and disturbing is the realization that your whole reality can so easily be uprooted by the truth. Where do you turn for safety? Where do you find the truth? Who can help? And is your microcosm really stable on to find the next voice to the trilogy.
janetmelton on LibraryThing 29 days ago
AWESOME. I loved this book. The characters get better and better. gabry has lived a pretty safe in the lighthouse by the ocean in the city of vista. her whole world is changed when she cross the barrier with friends. i recommend this book for people that like action, love,and suspends.
flashlight_reader on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Gabry is the type that always follows the rules. She has a safe life within the walls of Vista, and never dreams of traveling to the Dark City. Her life is built around boundaries, until someone pushes those boundaries. When a trip to the abandoned roller coaster beyond Vista¿s protective walls goes terribly wrong, Gabry¿s life is turned upside down. In one horrible moment, Catcher¿the boy she has loved all her life¿is infected by a Mudo and her best friend is captured and condemned to serve the Recruiters. Gabry got away before it was too late, but at what cost? With Catcher lost among the ruins, Gabry is torn between safety and love. If she stays in Vista she won¿t have to seeing Catcher turn Mudo; however, if she stays, she risks being turned in by the others who were captured beyond the Barrier. Ultimately, her love for Catcher pushes her into the ruins. On her first visit to the ruins she meets Elias, a boy that is wandering in the wilderness. She is instantly drawn to his mysterious nature, but she is not sure if she can trust him. There are many things about him that seem strange: he lives in the wild, he dresses like a Mudo-worshipping Souler, and he calls the Mudo ¿Unconsecrated¿¿just like her mother. After several surprising events, Gabry finds herself running to the Forest of Hands and Teeth for safety, along with Catcher, Cira (Catcher¿s sister), and Elias. As they travel the Forest, the group eventually encounters Gabry¿s mother and Harry (both from the first novel) and the secret to Gabry¿s past. I was worried that this book would be too much like the first novel in the series, but it ended up being a pleasant surprise. While it did seem very familiar at times, there were enough differences to make it unique. I¿m thankful that this book was full of different characters. (Mary and Harry had minor roles in the plot.) Had this been a continuation of the first novel, I don¿t think I would have liked it as much. The descriptions of the Mudo and the Forest were the same in this book. I was slightly disappointed that nothing more profound happened with either in this book, actually. I keep hoping that some hint of what caused the Return would emerge, but there was no such hint. As before, characterization was great. Gabry was the typical conflicted teenager, struggling with leaving the safety of a life she¿s known for the unknown. Her story isn¿t unique (In fact, she seemed a lot like Mary from book #1), but she was well developed. You could feel the struggle she faced when she had to choose between Catcher and Elias. Also, her pain she experienced when she realized the story of her past seemed so real. I felt so sorry for her. Elias seemed a little too mysterious to me during the book. When they reached Mary¿s village, it made sense why he seemed so stand-offish, but I still didn¿t fully buy into it. There was a hint of Elias reappearing in the third book, so I¿m hoping we get a better insight into his character then. I was also a little disappointed with Catcher. He found himself in a terrible situation, but he seemed to use that as an excuse to dismiss Gabry too easily. I really didn¿t like how hot/cold his emotions seemed to be. As I read the story of Gabry and Catcher I couldn¿t help but feel that there was some huge chunk of history missing. There really should have been more to their story. As with the first book, the plot is fast paced. Within the first two chapters the problem emerges and stays at a constant pace until the end. The characters added a newness to the book; whereas, the plot was very familiar. The time Gabry, Catcher, and Elias spend in the Forest seems like a repeat from the first book, but it still moves quickly enough (even though I thought it lagged a little at times). In The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Mary and her group were trying to find life outside of the Forest. This book seems to be about finding life within the Forest. Same struggles. Same conflicts¿conflicting love, painful choices, t
Icecream18 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Gabry, this second novel's protagonist, was both sweet and immature. I kept expecting this novel to end in her death, there were lots of adventures verging on the point of stupidity. This book, second in a series where "Mudo" aka zombies take over the world, was just as good as the first novel. I really like the author's attention to detail and the way she integrate the "Mudo's" moaning throughout the book, never letting the characters and the readers forget the situation. This novel followed a similar pace to the first and most other zombie novels as well. There were several of Gabry's friends killed in the beginning, releasing the zombie outbreak on her small town, then Gabry has to decide what to do about an infected love interest, then the novel continues in the way one would predict and expect with certain spikes of excitement along the way. I would recommend this book to teens/young adults.
ZombieLit on LibraryThing 29 days ago
This one is better than The Forest of Hands and Teeth - while there is still a lot of agonizing over emotions, the agony seems somewhat more justified in this one. Ryan also continues to build a world that you want to learn more about, adding new and fascinating dimensions that were not even hinted at in the previous book, but which fit perfectly.
psteinke1122 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
"Dead-Tossed Waves" takes place several years after Mary has arrived at the coast. She is the mother of Gabrielle. They live in the Lighthouse and take care of any "Unconsecrated" that wash up on shore during high tide.Gabry is unlike Mary. She doesn't have any desire to explore beyond the coastal town of Vista where they live. However, one night her best friend Cima and her brother, Catcher(whom Gabry has feelings for), convince her to go over the barrier and explore the old abandoned amusement park. Only to be attacked by a breaker and Catcher is infected.Enter Elias and the "Soulers" who are a cult that worships the "Unconsecrated" for they are the resurrection. Elias helps Gabry to find where Catcher is hiding waiting to "return". But why is it taking so long?I think I have to agree with the vast majority..."Dead-Tossed Waves" was better than "The Forest of Hands and Teeth". As I mentioned in the review for the first book of this series, I wasn't fond of Mary's complete and total selfishness. And some of it still resides in her. Granted age and maturity have improved her demeanor, but she still has a ways to go.Gabry is a smart level-headed gal. In the beginning she is almost afraid of her own shadow but grows and challenges her fear. Unlike Mary, she can be a bit reckless in regards to her own safety when those she cares about are in danger.Carrie Ryan has such a lyrical quality to her writing, painting very vivid pictures! Although I could have killed her quite easily at one point towards the end of the story. I know it was necessary...UGH, but the timing was just evil! I was captivated from the first page and Ryan really builds suspense...very hard to put down. Ryan very adeptly weaves in the characters from the previous book in a way I didn't see coming. Actually, most of the book I didn't see coming. Ryan is not a predictable writer! Which really makes me wonder where the third installment is going to take us. I have my suspicions, but if I've learned anything it's to not count chickens, or plotlines, until they have hatched.
ctmsresh on LibraryThing 29 days ago
The Dead-tossed Waves Imagine this; You¿ve never been outside your town¿s perimeters and one night the person you love asks you to sneak out passed those perimeters with a group of your friends. You say yes, unwillingly, and when you sneak passed those perimeters you find a hungry zombie waiting to feast on your friends. Your love tells you to run away and save yourself, and you do. Now, all of your friends are infected with the zombie disease, and you never even wanted to go with them in the first place. This just pretty much describes the beginning of Gabri¿s story, who is the main character in The Dead-tossed Waves. After this accident, her friends are taken away by the Militia, her town¿s small but powerful army. Her love, Catcher, is also taken away with the others who were infected. Even though Gabri stays in hiding from the public, afraid of what they would do to her if they found out she was with the rebellious bunch, she told her mother what happened. Her mother, Mary, is convinced she needs to go into the forest and help Catcher escape the wrath of the Militia. Although Gabri is reluctant at first, she eventually agrees to go and meets up with an unlikely partner, Elias. They travel through the paths of the forest, fighting zombies along the way, and discover Catcher is one of the very few who are immune to the zombie infection. While running away through the paths of the forest Gabri finds that the population of zombies is way more than she ever thought was possible. All her hope and faith she had now crushed by the reality of the world. No one gets out alive. The author, Carrie Ryan, writes this book as the sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. She sustains the action with a plot that will keep you guessing until the very end. Her attention to detail with the characters emotions is unbelievably good, and also with the gruesome appearances of the zombies. Ryan doesn¿t create the zombies as just more objects or obstacles in her book, she creates them as if they were still living, with the memories of their previous life and also with the senses a living human would have. She writes with passion and love for her characters. I think anyone with any sort of adventure will love this book. Overall I would give this book five out of five stars.
theshelbstinator on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Wonderful sequel to the first. It has a different perspective and different culture to it, so it almost has the bonus of seeming like a different book, but linked to the first story, giving the world more depth.
cindyXIII on LibraryThing 29 days ago
It was better than The Forest of Hands and Teeth in my opinion. I liked it because it was VERY shocking. Wow, I never expected that twist. AT ALL. I'm still in shock...It was a good book. Four stars.
brandileigh2003 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
This book was well written and the concept of the society and zombies have me hooked. This book explores the question of what makes humans different from the Mudo, and if you really get down to it, it is hard to define and draw that line, especially with what happens to one of the secondary characters.The Dead Tossed waves brings back Mary from Forest and revolves around her daughter (WHO IS THE FATHER plagued me- but I can't give it away). I didn't feel much attachment to Gabry-- I of ...more This book was well written and the concept of the society and zombies have me hooked. This book explores the question of what makes humans different from the Mudo, and if you really get down to it, it is hard to define and draw that line, especially with what happens to one of the secondary characters.The Dead Tossed waves brings back Mary from Forest and revolves around her daughter (WHO IS THE FATHER plagued me- but I can't give it away). I didn't feel much attachment to Gabry-- I of course wanted her to survive, love and be loved, but I just didn't connect with her like I have some other main characters.There is another love triangle, and for much of the story it was well written so that I didn't have a clear choice. I still just wanted her to chose and not lead the other on any more than she did.The story is well written, and she has really thought out her universe and characters to weave us a haunting tale. I am eagerly awaiting the next book which will follow Annah and Catcher.
Krista23 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
book SHOULD HAVE been written from Elias' point of view. He is much more interesting that the main character Gaby. I almost didn't make it through this book, but once I start I have to finish, especially if I am going to give my best opinion on a book. I felt the main character was really boring, she was very indecisive and un-likeable. Even though Catcher was somewhat more entertaining because of his circumstance, I still think Elias is the best character here, and wish I could have heard the story from his perspective.
katiedoll on LibraryThing 29 days ago
The Dead-Tossed Waves, the companion to The Forest Of Hands And Teeth, absolutely succeeded in terrifying me and I loved every second of it. Using the same creepy settings and writing as the first book, this modernized story is a perfect addition to the Unconsecrated world.In The Forest Of Hands And Teeth, we read about the horror and havoc that the zombies unleashed in a small village in the middle of a forest. But in The Dead-Tossed Waves, we¿re set in a city by the ocean, the same ocean that Mary found in Forest Of Hands And Teeth. The city is similar to the village; the residents have their own rules and beliefs of the zombies, or Mudo as they call them. But with buildings, houses and an all-around normal city, this book puts you right in Gabry¿s shoes, who struggles to abandon the only life she¿s ever known to save the only people she¿s ever loved. I felt like Gabry had more of a purpose than Mary did; a bigger objective. And even though this book can be so depressing at times, which is necessary, I couldn¿t help but feel hopeful that everything went right and nobody died. This book is definitely a rollercoaster.Carrie Ryan is a genius with world building. The way she takes care of the emotions, settings and action is so believable that it¿s easy to forget that this isn¿t actually your world and that there aren¿t any zombies lurking outside. Just the smallest things, such as the addition of a Mudo-worshiping cult called Soulers, can be so appropriate and honestly make the book ten times better.Overall, I was a big fan of The Forest Of Hands And Teeth, but I¿m an even bigger fan of The Dead-Tossed Waves. Gabry, Catcher and Elias take us on a journey to find safety in a world full of nothing but horrifying danger. With romance, terror and heart-stopping action, I definitely recommend that you pick this one up!
titania86 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Gabry is a shy, timid girl who would rather follow the rules to the letter than live a little. Her mother, Mary, is the opposite, throwing away her overly secure life at the Sisterhood (in The Forest of Hands and Teeth) in favor of discovering things for herself. The mudo (or undead) are successfully kept out of their city by the Militiamen and the Recruiters, but at a price: the inhabitants much follow their rules or venture out on their own, braving the Mudo (or undead). Gabry breaks the rules just once by going over the wall into the ruins and all hell breaks loose: Catcher, the boy she loves, is infected and her other friends are either dead or in jail. She only escaped their fate because she fled. Now, Gabry wants to return to the insulated, safe life she had, but everything is irrevocably changed. Will she tolerate the controlling, suffocating society she's part of now or go into the forest her mother escaped from to seek a new life?I really enjoyed The Dead Tossed Waves, but it wasn¿t nearly as good as its predecessor. The very beginning of the novel throws the reader right into the dark and violent world populated by flesh eating zombies. They are a very present threat that works as a backdrop because of their constant presence. The people that populate this world are all unique in their own ways and develop as the novel progresses. Mary started out as practically afraid of her own shadow. Even after all of her family friends had gone, she still tried to cultivate a sense of security in the city, but failed since she was alone. Later in the novel, she becomes brave and willing to go to great lengths for the people she loves. She is engaged in life at the end instead of simply surviving. The zombies in this novel lend to this concept. They represent the suffocation and lack of freedom that Gabry and the other inhabitants feel under the current bordering-on-totalitarian regime. In a more general sense, they are the obstacles that anyone has to go through to lead the life they want to: the judgment of others, the constraints of society, and the hardships that life throws our way. Everyone, including the characters in the book, have to decide if their freedom is worth traversing these obstacles (or zombies).There were some problems with the novel, especially with the pacing. After the initial action, Gabry oscillates from staying in the city to sneaking into the ruins and back and forth without any real forward momentum. I think the few times she did sneak over could have been consolidated so it wouldn¿t feel as stagnant. I also felt that many of the plot devices and concepts were recycled from the first novel, like the love triangle, the motivation to flee, the forest setting, and the oppressive society. The love triangle particularly didn¿t work too well for me because she fell in love with Elias very quickly after she met him. That relationship really didn¿t have enough time to progress that far, especially with her strong feelings for Catcher getting in the way. It just didn¿t resonate with me.Although there are some flaws, The Dead Tossed Waves is another great addition to the teen zombie genre. The last fifty pages are full of fast paced action and really had me on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately, the novel ends on a cliffhanger and I can¿t wait to read the next book!
tipsister on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Because I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth so very much, I had to read The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan. While I didn't adore it as much as the first book in the series, it still ranks very high. It's definitely one of my favorite books for 2010.The Dead Tossed Waves takes place several years after The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Mary is living in a lighthouse with her daughter Gabry in the small town of Vista. Their job is to kill the unconsecrated (zombies), called mudo in this book, that wash up on the shores. Gabry is completely content in her little town and has a crush on Catcher, the brother of her best friend. In one night, everything goes wrong and Gabry finds herself on the run with Catcher, Cira, and a new friend Elias.Gabry's past is exposed and she finds out that she wasn't quite who she thought she was. Just like in the first book of the series, the story is action packed and heartbreaking. The love triangle between Elias, Catcher and Gabry is sweet and I'm still left unsure of who she will ultimately choose.The story will continue in a third book out this coming spring (2011) and I really look forward to what it brings. If you've read The Forest of Hands and Teeth, there is no excuse to skip The Dead Tossed Waves but I do suggest you read Forest first as it does set the back story. Go read!
IceyBooks on LibraryThing 29 days ago
The Dead Tossed Waves is the "unputdownable" companion to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. It takes place in the same world. Gabry, short for Gabrielle, lives with her mother, Mary, in the lighthouse, in the small town of Vista. She's never been out of the town, and has always lived in peace and security from the hungering Mudo - the undead. One night, with the influence of her best friend Cira, she sneaks out with a group of teenagers, and unwillingly crosses the Barrier, the only thing separating the people of Vista from the Mudo. If one Mudo crosses and infects a human, it will spread, until the whole town is infected, and the Mudo will continue to hunger. No one notices at first, but a Mudo runs toward the group, and in as little as an hour, Gabry's life falls apart. She finds out her life is not what she thought it was, and she has to face the Forest of Hands and Teeth. This book was heart-breaking, because of the losses Gabry has to endure. But I would highly recommend it. The Dead Tossed Waves will keep you glued from start to finish and will linger around longer than when the last page is turned!
nfmgirl2 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Gabrielle has spent her life in Vista, safe from the zombie hordes that inhabit the lands outside the town. Her mother, who herself came from the Forest of Hands and Teeth, has always made her feel safe in her lighthouse home. But all of that is about to change.Gabrielle and most of the other characters left me feeling pretty ambivalent. The only character that I really liked or felt any impact by was Elias, the mysterious outsider. Strong, almost chivalrous, I found him to be the most likable character.I have some technical hang-ups that my scientific mind has a hard time getting around, and there were a couple of inconsistencies that bugged me, but less nit-picky readers probably wouldn't be bothered by such things.While there were a few hang-ups for me, and while I don't find this to be a "great" story, it held my attention and was enjoyable. It just wasn't really fulfilling, but was more like a greasy appetizer- satisfying my hunger, but leaving me wishing I'd had a nice piece of grilled salmon with remoulade sauce and baked sweet potato instead. Haunting, morose, creepy and mildly hopeful, I enjoyed this story overall.
amberic on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I really really liked this book. Of coarse by now I hope everyone knows this is not Marys story. This story takes place years and years after Mary's escape I am thinking around 20. It really is hard to say to much without giving away the story. You get some surprise appearances from some in the other book. You also get to see more of the other towns. Of coarse it has sad sad moments. You even get to see why the sisterhood decided to cut there town off from the outside. Like Mary some things about Gabry bothered me. She seemed to live and talk more in her head then out loud. Which made me think how does anyone really know her that well. She starts off in the story scared but I think by the end she finds her strength. If you liked the first then I think you will also enjoy this
AmandaCharland on LibraryThing 29 days ago
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan is a must read for anyone who's got a thing for zombies. I happen to be interested in playing out how we would live if this ever were the case. Which is why I've got enough food and ammo to be considered a corner store from the 50s. This novel is an in-depth read into what life might be like if zombies were prevalent and we had to re-create our lifestyles. The Dead-Tossed Waves is actually the second book in the series, first novel being The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I assumed you'd already read the first book though, because it's too good to pass up. Lesson? Question what other people/institutions/religion tells you, and keep your hands away from the fences! I hope you'll pick it up, even if you don't happen to like zombies or already be in love with one.
jenreidreads on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I think this installment was even better than The Forest of Hands and Teeth. The characters felt a bit more real in this one, and we got more answers to the mysteries. I really appreciate the way Ryan writes the romances between her characters. The problem I have with so many teen novels is that we are simply told that two people are soul mates without getting a chance to really feel it. Right from the beginning, bam! We can feel the intense crush Gabry has on Catcher. There's no shortage of action, either. And there's a scene at the end...whoa. Definitely go pick up this series. When is the next one coming out??