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

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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 ca...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published March 1st 2010)
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Kat Kennedy
Gabry, the main character of this story, is lacking in the crazy-ass psycho department that her mother so nicely managed during her debut in The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

This story is about self-discovery. With Zombies.

Which actually makes a lot of sense.

In what I can only assume is stupidity gone rampant amongst teens, Gabry is convinced to go out past their safe border and into a closed and derelict theme park.

It isn't a spoiler when I tell you that things quickly turn to shit because, really...more
Penny
I'm torn with the rating I gave this book. It deserves more than three stars but I wouldn't say I 'really liked it'. So, even though I like this book more than I like it's companion, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I gave it the same amount of stars.

Quick review: In The Forest of Hands and Teeth we were introduced to Mary, a not entirely likable teenage girl living in a remote village reminiscent of the village in M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Village'. Mary's village is fenced off from the surround...more
Michael
Considering I recently reviewed GODS OF THE JUNGLE PLANET, it's really unfortunate that THIS is the worst book I've read in a long time.

Real review is under construction, below this line. It ain't finished.

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I'm sure some of you who made the decision to read The Forest of Hands and Teeth will decide to go ahead and read the rest of the series. DON'T. No, really: you've seen all there is to see. If book one was an iMac, this sucker right here is an early model of Windows Vista.

In fact, my go...more
Kira
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Morgan F
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 lighthouse on...more
Ticklish Owl
I wasn't a fan of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but I wanted to give the author a second chance.

Like the previous book, the writing is choppy, monotonous, and repetitive. The same thoughts and sentences are strewn throughout the pages. The author uses silly similes, instead of actually describing things. I grew weary of hearing how everything was like something else. Even more annoying was the constant use of almost (and of as if); almost running, almost touching, almost clawing, almost raw. W...more
Becky
OK, I'm done with this. DONE.

I'm having a REAL hard time justifying even attempting to finish this. Why? Let me count the ways: (There will be spoilers. Click them at your own risk.)

1) Gabry. For real, she's annoying as hell. She's cowardly and weak and useless and annoying, has a chip on her shoulder the size of an undead zombie horde, feels betrayed by everyone and everything ever and just generally pisses me off. At this point, she could do this amazing 180 turnaround and achieve RE Alice-li...more
Caris
I’ve got some serious mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it’s a continuation of one of my favorite YA titles of all time, The Forest of Hands and Teeth. On the other hand...

Wait. Let me revisit Forest for a moment. I loved that book. It was a guiding light in a mass of mediocre YA books that I had to read for a class. It had great characters, exciting plot development, and it was evident that the author put some serious thought into her work. I was so excited about that book after...more
Shanon
I had some real issues with The Forest of Hands and Teeth mostly revolving around my extreme dislike of the main character. Usually disliking a main character is a deal-breaker for me and it is lucky for me to even finish the book let alone read a sequel. Luckily, the world building in The Forest of Hands and Teeth was amazing. I wanted to learn more about how civilization came to such a state, what was going on with the secretive sisterhood and everything else I could about the world Carrie Rya...more
Arlene
Dead Tossed Waves is a great example where the sequel outshines the first installment… by far! I had no intention of reading this book as The Forrest of Hands and Teeth was a disappointment for me at least. But after reading continuous rave reviews and trusting my fellow avid readers that this book was a hit, I gave it a try and it was well worth it IMHO.

I really enjoyed this story so much more than the first book, as I feel Carrie Ryan truly displayed growth in her writing abilities, as eviden...more
Bethany
Wow. You never think that a sequel will equal its predecessor, but Carrie Ryan has managed to do it...and I even liked it better. The Forest of Hands and Teeth blew me away with its creative setting and premise and with its strong female lead, but when I got hold of The Dead-Tossed Waves I could NOT put it down. Told from the point of view of Mary's daughter, Gabry, its about a girl who is forced to step outside of her "safe" world and learn what courage is. In contrast to her mother, Mary, Gabr...more
Sarah MacLean
The Dead-Tossed Waves is even more compelling than the Forest of Hands & Teeth. I cannot WAIT for book three!
Yasmary
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Donalyn
Gabry, Mary's daughter, fears life and love. She seems to blame herself for everything that happens, including the poor choices of the other characters. I have not read so much whining and self-loathing since Bella Swan.

This companion to The Forest of Hands and Teeth didn't advance the story of life after the Return and left little hope for the characters' futures.

Still, Carrie Ryan's writing is beautiful with moments of tenderness, longing, and tragedy.
Rhiannon Frater
I had mixed feelings upon finishing the Forest of Hands and Teeth. I loved the world building, the mythos and the plot, but had trouble liking the protagonist. But I did enjoy the book overall and had no hesitation ordering the second novel in the series.

The second book features Mary's daughter, Gabry. Gabry is definitely a more sympathetic character than her mother and I enjoyed her journey a lot more than that of her mother. I was able to connect with the character and empathize with her patho...more
Michael
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TheBookofJules
I don't know about you, but if I were in the middle of a life-or-death battle between two differing factions that either wanted to take me hostage or kill me, boys would be the last thing on my mind.

For young Gabry, our lovely protagonist of The Dead-Tossed Waves, that logic doesn't seem to apply to her. I have to say I am very disappointed in the sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, a book that I had very mixed feelings about, but could not ignore its subtle brilliance. Part of what made th...more
Maree  ♫ Light's Shadow ♪
I was surprised to find that this book didn't take off where the first one left off. Instead, we're treated to a larger world than just the Forest of Hands and Teeth, one where humanity is surviving a little less desperately than Mary's villages. In this book, we get to know Mary's daughter Gabry, who has grown up in the relative safety of an ocean village, the Unconsecrated a danger they are warned about but never seem to encounter. Until the night the book starts, of course.

This book was an aw...more
Laura Lulu
Oh, Carrie Ryan, you break my heart. At times while reading it, I wanted to give it 5 stars. At others, I wanted to throw it across the room and give it 1 star. Well, I never give 1 star, but you get the idea. But damn, she writes a good book. I just have to remind myself that "5 stars" doesn't necessarily have to equal "happy". I also have to remind myself that just because a character occassionally might act like a bitch, a crybaby, a scaredy cat, or an idiot, it doesn't mean she's not a good...more
~Tina~
Jul 02, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to ~Tina~ by: Morgan's review made me.
4.5 Stars

In all honestly, I had no intentions what so ever for reading this book. I didn't really care for the first one, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and while I think the writing was fantastic, I found the tone of that book to be absolutely miserable, depressing and painful.
So, when I found this at my library, I got curious and looked up reviews and realized that this isn't Mary's story, and that it was about her daughter, Gabry. That got me mighty curious and I'm so glad I took this chance...more
Simona
„Teraz chápem, že už nikdy nebudeme žiť ako pred Návratom. Čas nemožno vrátiť späť. Všetci zomrieme a Mudov bude naďalej trápiť večný hlad. To je prirodzenosť nášho sveta.“

Gabrielle vyrastá vo Viste, v mestečku z troch strán chránenom oceánom a zo štvrtej mohutnou bariérou, ktorá ochraňuje jej obyvateľov pred Mudmi. Tých aj naďalej ovláda jediná túžba – večný hlad po ľudskom mäse. Jediný útok Zabijaka však prevráti Gabrielle život naruby a musí sa rozhodnúť. Aby zachránila život svojich priateľo...more
Carolina Riojas
OMG! I'm so happy this was my 100-read book :')
And like this book more that the first one but ot was really FRUSTRATING. Sometimes i really wanted to kick Gabry and tell her "HEY CAN YOU SEE WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU ARE BRAVE, LIKE YOUR MOTHER, hell, YOUR REALLY ARE!!"
Spanish review also here :)
http://librosjuveniles55.blogspot.mx/...

LO MAS IMPORTANTE:
El libro empieza con un habiente rapido,las cosas al principio suceden con mucha rapidez que apenas te dan tiempo para asimilar las cosas...pero...more
Ceilidh
‘The Dead Tossed Waves’ seriously surprised me. While I still had similar problems that I had with the first book, Ryan’s wonderful prose kept me gripped throughout. She has a serious gift for creating fear out of the small moments and that which we find to be so normal, like the ocean (water zombies FTW!) The feeling of claustrophobia, even in the wide open spaces that Gabry lives in, is constant, and Ryan does a fantastic job of crafting a secret filled, constraining society in a situation whe...more
Sesana
Sadly, this book left me feeling pretty cross towards Carrie Ryan. I wanted to love this book with every page, but in the end, I can't. And yet it came so close to being amazing.

I think that Ryan is a talented writer. Her world-building is vivid and believable, though it does build on the work of others. She can craft stunningly creepy scenarios. (Imagine traveling through the Forest at night. You can hear the zombies all around you, but you can't see them. The only thing keeping them from eatin...more
Stacey
If anything, The Dead-Tossed Waves is as much about what it is to be a teenaged girl, as it is about the walking dead. Sure, there's no shortage of creepy corpses, and we know everything has gone to hell-on-earth, and the zombies are winning. But it isn't the mudo that kept me up past one o'clock in the morning finishing the story, it was Gabry's emotion. Reading this, not only could I remember what it was like to be 16 and in love, I could almost feel it. Remember that? When nothing else could...more
Alex
Jun 08, 2010 Alex rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: series
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Miruš
Bum, prásk, tresk, a zrazu... Epilóg. WTF? Keď sa trošku oklepem, možno aj otvorím word, pozliepam moje rozutekané myšlienky, vytrasiem ruky (aby sa mi neklepali), a napíšem "recenziu" (rozumej chválospev, do-neba-velebenie,...).
Prečo nemá Goodreads aj šiestu hviezdičku? Päť je málo, okrem toho slovíčka - it was amazing - sú hlboká urážka tejto knihy. Na toto slová neexistujú. Jedna z mojich najlepších, ak nie tá ÚPLNE najlepšia kniha roku 2011. Fú... No, idem sa spamätávať.
PS.: Toto všetko vyš...more
Rachel
May 06, 2010 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
This one had an even stronger plot than the first one and a much stronger romance, and I have to say, I love Carrie's writing. If I could, I'd actually give it 4.5 stars.
S.K. Munt
Gloomily pretty

I had some major misgivings when the second instalment of this trilogy began from a new point of view focusing on a whole new set of characters and I actually had to re-read the beginning a few times because I kept losing interest. And I am referring to the first few pages- that is all. Once the first scene was set things got engrossing again and I have to say that although the storyline was very similar to the first-a brand new love triangle, one girl, two guys, major anguish and...more
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Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Forest of Hands and Teeth series and Infinity Ring: Divide and Conquer. Currently she’s working on a four book middle grade fantasy adventure series co-written with her husband, John Parke Davis, the first book of which, The Map to Everywhere, will be out November 4, 2014. Her next YA is a romantic thriller titled Tur...more
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