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There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.
Annah's world sto...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Morgan F
In some parts, it was my favorite. In others, it was my least favorite.
Ticklish Owl
After reading and reviewing The Dead Tossed Waves, I wasn't planning on reading the final book in this series. But, I hate starting a series and not finishing it, and I really hoped this book would be better.

The plot follows the previous two books; there's the whiny, self-pitying girl, the love triangle, and the need to escape. The writing hasn't improved either. Something is always almost like something else, unimaginative similes abound. Someone is always retching or vomiting. When hands, fin...more
Wendy Darling
I really liked The Forest of Hands and Teeth, which I thought was a bleak, well-written take on the whole zombie story. I wasn't as big a fan of the follow-up novel, The Dead-Tossed Waves, primarily because I thought Gabry was a bit of a whiner and a little too obsessed with boys in the middle of all the death, dying, and undead.

As such, I wasn't sure whether I was eager to follow the story with the third installment in the series, but happily The Dark and Hollow Places returns with a compellin...more
Steph Sinclair

You know how when you are reading a book and you can sort of tell when the author lets her characters off the hook or saves them from a potentially devastating situation? Well, Carrie Ryan spares no sort of mercy for her characters. In fact, she leaves your soul begging for a way out for them. I found myself bargaining with Ryan to please cut them some slack! But Alas, such is not the way in any of the Forest of Hands and Teeth novels. While the POV changed from each of the three books, one cons...more
Megan
Perhaps I need to go back and reread The Forest of Hands and Teeth. The thing is, that book blew me away. I loved the mystery, the surreal quality, Mary's craziness, the pervading sense of doom and of course the never ending onslaught of the Unconsecrated. I remember reading the book late at night, in the middle of a storm while the hubby was away. Between the wind and lightening I could hear moans of the undead, and when thunder shook my old, isolated house I imagined hoards at my door. I was s...more
Sebastian
How the hell can you give something 5 stars when you haven't read it yet? Stupidest thing in like the history of ever, duh. lolz or something.

I'll have to give it 1 star for the sake of parity.

Edit: Aha! It's already gone down 0.11 points. Justice will be done...
Giselle
This is definitely the best of the three. Just as original and thought provoking as the first two in the series- in The Dark and Hollow Places we follow yet a new character, Annah, as the protagonist. Although the others from The Dead-Tossed Waves are present as well. Some more than others, but don't fret- you won't miss anyone; Annah's story is plenty interesting. I also found her to be a much more competent main character than Mary and Gabry. She is strong and self sufficient. I really admired...more
Caris
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend one of Carrie Ryan’s presentations as she was making her rounds as a part of the tour for this book. Rather than read (which I am capable of doing myself), she talked about her writing process, where she gets her ideas, and other things of that variety. She’s super funny and clever, things you might not think of while reading the final volume of this rather depressing trilogy.

One of the things that I found most interesting was that she developed her...more
Krys

I've been slowly working through The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan for the last couple of days. Partly, I blame the stupidity of ongoing health dramas. Partly I blame myself. This is "the final" book in the trilogy... and I simply did not want to let these books go.

The Dark and Hollow Places starts out with a new character - Annah, the twin sister of Gabry from book two. Annah lives in the Dark City and is patiently awaiting the return of Elias, who went off to find Annah's sister, Abiga...more
Angie
The first book in this series "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" was such a great story, then the second book "The Dead Tossed Waves" wasn't really a sequel, it was a whole different story with mostly different characters and it didn't make references to the first book very often, so you didn’t get any answers to the questions that the first book raised. This last book "The Dark and Hollow Places" is a sequel to "The Dead Tossed Waves", I started skimming about mid book because I thought it was get...more
Lola
It seems to be happening a lot to me lately first with the next part if the Gone series and now this too... I don't know how I'm gonna wait a whole year

UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally a whole year has passed and I just finished reading the book this morning , 1 am counts as morning right??

After reading it I feel kind of overhelmed with all the emotions the story has generated on me, I even feel a bit sore of been pulled through all the tension moments along the story.

"What would you do if you knew...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Carrie Ryan has a talent for writing. Not only does her writing increase in perfection with each book, but she creates a world that feels so real while reading it, that I hopelessly and willingly fall victim to it's brilliance. Yes I know zombies aren't real, but they sure feel real when you're reading Carrie's series. I can honestly say I am NOT a zombie fan, but I'm a die hard Carrie Ryan zombie fan. There's a difference, as Carrie's main characters are not zombies, but the world in which they...more
the golden witch.
Picking up right where we left off at the end of "The Dead-Tossed Waves", "The Dark and Hollow Places" ups the pace of the story, making us feel just as desperate as the rest of the main characters thus far.

This last third book in the trilogy (though I really, really hope there are others!) unites all of the characters we've met since the first book together in a frenetic union of panic and love, lust and hurt. Annah's love of her sister combined with the hate that springs forth once she learns...more
Enna Isilee (Squeaky Books)
Wow. I wasn't too thrilled with this book at first, but that ending... Wow. I hope with all my might and soul that this isn't really the end of this fabulous series. But if it is, it's still a beautiful ending.
Lupita
i want to know what happeds to gabry!!!!!!!!! but can not wait till it comes out
Penny
Brief-ish summary (that isn't so much spoilery as it is more of a quick set-up of the plot during the first chapter or so): Teenage Annah has been on her own for three years, since Elias--the boy with whom she got lost in the forest several years prior--left to join the protectorate to secure a better future for both of them. In the Dark City where lawlessness prevails Annah learned quickly what it takes to fend for herself. She's had to be strong in order to survive.

Because of street smarts an...more
Ashlie

What would you do if you knew you only had a few more days to live? What are you living for if the Unconsecrated swarm the earth in hoards, claiming any and all life they can come in contact with? Do you get sick of fighting and running, always surviving just to survive, doing whatever it takes to survive? Carrie Ryan sends all these questions (and much more!) through your mind with the final book in her Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy, The Dark and Hollow Places.

This book was an amazing finis...more
Lofinkaa *True Hurts*
OMG! No gif can describe my feelings after reading this book.

First impression: The second book was better, come onnn. Second impression: The Death-Tossed Waves disappointed, this is Champion! Dear Lord!


In Dark and Hollow Places is the main heroine Annah, the twin of Abigail which we all know as Gabry from The Death-Tossed Waves. Annah lives in a Dark City where she's waiting for his friend Elias, whom had fled from the village. A Few years ago he left to join the crimps for a couple of years to...more
★ Jess
Hands down the best book I have read this year, and easily the strongest installment of this trilogy-which is now my second favorite of all time, second to only"Chaos Walking"
The Forest of Hands and Teeth was worth 4.5 stars
The Dead-Tossed Waves was worth 4 stars
This finale is worth almost six. It was magnificent.

It takes place in a dying New York City, at least 200 years into the future. This is now called "The Dark City"-one of the last safe places on a dead earth. The descriptions & i...more
Nely
In the third and final installment in her Forest of Hands and Teeth series, Carrie Ryan, introduces you to Annah. Annah has been living on her own in the Dark City since Elias left to join the protectorate. With scars that mar her face and body, Annah is more of a recluse. She uses her street smarts - bowing her head, not making eye contact and blending into the shadows as a weapon. Without any friends or family she has used these skills as a way to survive the dangers of the Dark City. Waiting...more
Jon
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"Sometimes life isn't about the end. It's not always about tomorrow and the day after that-what we achieve over the years and how we leave the world. Sometimes it's about today."
I was a bit reluctant to read The Dark And Hollow Places for two reasons. I have read tons of trilogies and the 3rd book in a trilogy almost always manages to disappoint me. I usually don't like how authors resolve trilogies because the conclusions usually feel way too rushed....more
Stacey
This final(?) volume in the series was more of the same. The world has ended, there are a few survivors trying to scrabble out an increasingly difficult and futile existence, and of course, the teenagers are smarter, faster and better than the adults.

More so than the other two books, the teenagers in The Dark and Hollow Places, were cast as "good," and the adults were unrelentingly bad, obstructionist, and in some cases, plain old vanilla stupid.

Still, I felt like I had to finish the series, a...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
I adore this series.

I was skeptical at first but I always am. I just can't hand the lip gloss dot your eyes with wash and curl kind of books.

This series isn't one of them.

These books made me squee with delight as each girl endured a loss sprikled torture but found love in the most unsuspecting of places.

I loved the insert zombie here and make it a bit rougher than your normal hard knock life kinda story. It was a very interesting world. Dare I say better than Harry Potter? I actually do say bec...more
Miruš
Nesklamali.
Zasa koniec - skoro som zomrela, neskutočné nervy.
Celé super!
Ste si všetci istí, že toto bola posledná časť??? Lebo tak sa to skončilo, že pokračovanie je jednoducho predstaviteľné. A mne sa ešte nechce dávať definitívne zbohom týmto dokonalým literárnym dielam. Vážne, ešte pokojne môže niečo o zombíkoch napísať, ja by som sa nenahnevala. :D
Strašne sa mi páči, že každá jedna kniha bola úplne iná, a pritom spolu tak úzko súviseli. A všetky boli skvelé. A sa mi stále nechce veriť, ž...more
One Pushy Fox
I absolutely adored this final book in the Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy!!! Anna and Catcher are so sad and broken and they go through such harrowing events but watching their love story unfold was beautiful. I adore love stories that show how love can heal a person and I definitely got that here.

I also love the gripping way Carrie Ryan grabbed me at the beginning of this book and wouldn't let go. She kept the tension and suspense going the whole time which made this book exceedingly hard to...more
lilly bear ♡
Oh, my goodness, I'm completely fangirling out right now! I cannot believe that I just won an ARC of this book in one of the goodreads giveaways, one of my most coveted this year. A signed copy! Someone pinch me, please. I think I've died and gone to bookish heaven. I've completely adored this series so far, and I'm sure this book won't disappoint. Zombies are forever ♥ Thank you, Carrie!
Chara
Great read. Very quick to get through. Unlike much of the other paranormal romance type stuff for teens, this one isn't overly sexual or overly violent.

It def ended in a way that I didn't suspect Carrie Ryan to end it. Not saying it was bad or good, but I expected something very different.
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
Yes, that's right, four stars! Trust me, no one is more surprised than I am. The first two books caused me epic rage. I'm talking a couple of notches off Twilight Saga rage. I was really torn on even giving this book a chance, but I was so confused by the summary I figured I'd read it just to see what happens.

The writing was so much better in this book. Ryan's prose was lovely and has matured from the first two. There were a few times where the story got bogged down in very slow scenes where th...more
Kereesa
Sep 03, 2011 Kereesa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: If you've read the first two, or even the second one. Spoilery for 2nd novel in series.
***If you've read both The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead Tossed Waves (or even just Dead Tossed), please continue to read. If you haven't, STOP. Go and read them, then read this. Because this will have spoilers everywhere for Dead Tossed, as Dark and Hollow is a direct sequel and not stand alone.***

The Dark and Hollow Places is the third and final novel in Carrie Ryan's creepy, but oh so lovely Zombie trilogy. In this novel, we follow Gabry's (the protagonist from The Dead Tossed Waves-...more
Danielle Ellison
I'm giving this 3.5 stars.

I love Carrie Ryan. She's freaking brilliant and writes crazy-good words. I'm just in awe to read her lines--except not as much with this one. There was something missing and I don't know what that was.

The first 100 pages or so of this one were really great. I loved it. I was hooked. And then something happened I think it was around the time they got to the Sanctuary. I just didn't believe so much of it. I didn't care about so much of it or see why it was really impor...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 Dau...more
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