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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized7 Comments

Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publication Date: 09 Mar 10
ISBN: 0385736843
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 416
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Place(s) Traveled to: Vista

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

When I first heard that there was going to be a follow up book to Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth (FHT) I was so excited. I loved FHT (my review). I thought that the world building was brilliant and there was so much tension and suspense in what was really a very simple premise. And even though I really didn’t like the main character, Mary, I did stay up late in order to finish as I needed to know what happened. At first I was disappointed to hear that Dead-Tossed Waves wasn’t going to be a direct sequel but a companion novel. What did that mean exactly? Would Mary be in it? Would the story be told from Cassie or another FHT character? Or would it be from a whole new point of view (POV)?

So you can imagine my excitement when I was able to snag an advanced copy of the book. All my questions would be answered.

Sort of.

The story is told from Gabry’s POV a 16 year old girl still living in a post-apocalyptic world were the unconsecrated, or mudo as they are called in this book, still roam the world. Gabry lives in a town that is more populated than the one that Mary grew up in and there is more contact with other inhabited places. But where Mary was a really strong character Gabry is weak. She’s shy and retiring and is afraid of what is outside the fences. One night though, she caves under peer pressure and to be with the boy she has a crush on and goes over the fence into an abandoned amusement park. The first time that she has ever broken the rules. And in the process she receives her first kiss.

Then all hell breaks loose.

WTF is up with that?!?!?

I don’t like the message that it sends. You break the rules and your entire world comes crumbling down. Yes if you break certain rules their will be dire results but you can’t be constrained by them that you don’t live. Gabry was weak and there were time in which I almost wished the mudo would get her. I also didn’t really feel there was much spark between her and Catcher. She claimed to be falling in love with him but there were times she’d seem to forget about him completely. I did like Elias though and think that his kiss should be nominated for the next Smoochies.

In the end there were some questions answered that were left open from Forest of the Hands and Teeth and many that were left open from this story. I would love to list them out here but I won’t as I don’t want to spoil anyone about this book. There will be at least one more book planned in this world and its my hope that it will continue Gabry’s story so that some of those unanswered questions will get some answers. In all, I enjoyed Dead-Tossed Waves but I didn’t love it. I like FHT better. I thought there was more suspense to it and that DTW seemed to follow too many of the plot devices first seen in FHT. There weren’t many surprises in this book or moments that made me gasp. But despite that I still think that its worth the read.

7 Responses to “Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan”

  1. Andi

    I’m reading FHT right now and LOVING it, so I’m sorry to read that this one didn’t quite live up. I’m sure I’ll read it, based on my feelings for FHT so far, but I suspect it might fall slightly short for me too.

  2. elizabeth

    I have been really wanting to read this book, and I still will! Thanks for the honest opinion, though.

  3. Memory

    Hmmm, I think I’ll steer clear. I didn’t really like THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, and if someone who loved that book thought this one wasn’t as good… well, it’s probably not for me.

  4. tapestry100

    OK, so after reading this review, do you still want a signed copy of this particular book, or of just the first one? I’m good either way, but it’s sounding like you were less than impressed with this one.

  5. Michelle

    I think I liked that one much better than you did it seems. Unlike you I felt chemistry between Gaby and Catcher, though also like you I felt she fell out of love with him much too quickly and in love with Elias far too quickly. Without giving away the end I was somewhat surprised at how it went. I’m definitely interested to see what happens in the last of the series.