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The Dead-Tossed Waves

(The Forest of Hands and Teeth #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  30,121 ratings  ·  2,702 reviews
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, 416 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Delacorte Press
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Samantha Reid I don't think it's entirely necessary, but characters from the first novel do show up. It also contains spoilers from the first novel, The Forest of H…moreI don't think it's entirely necessary, but characters from the first novel do show up. It also contains spoilers from the first novel, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, so I'd say read the first one unless you're open to spoilers. This book focuses on a different character than the first, but I'd say read it anyways(less)

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Dec 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Kat Kennedy
Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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
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
May 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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
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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
Sarah MacLean
Jun 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Dead-Tossed Waves is even more compelling than the Forest of Hands & Teeth. I cannot WAIT for book three!
Mar 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
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May 31, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Teresa Cantrell
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
So I started this before I went to bed last night and of course stayed up ALL night to finish it. I wound up sitting in my bed going through half a roll of TP! Now I have a wonderful headache and feel like I have a hangover this morning because my ass is way to old for that. My kids are appreciating my grumpiness too:) I don't even know how to rate it. It just about took me out and I'm not even sure why? I must be having some woman issues or some shit. All I can say is DANG ...more
May 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Jun 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

I hated this book. It was just plain awful. I hardly enjoyed the first one, but all the reviews I read said the sequel was way better. It is. If you enjoy reading the same plot structure, another lame love triangle, and a main character who is even more whiny and selfish than the first one, that is.

The beginning was promising, and I even posted in my status update how much more I was liking it than the first book. They sneak into an abandoned amusement park, which was a stupid plan that
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Laura Lulu
Jun 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Emily May

Really disappointed with this one, I'm deciding to drop the series and not bother with the next book.

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
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the sequel to The Forest Of Hands And Teeth! Now with even more angst! Sigh. I was expecting this to be a continuation of Mary's story, so you can imagine my surprise when I read the blurb and saw the name "Gabry". My first guess was the Gabrielle we met in the first book but then I realised that this sequel is set a good 30 years after we met Mary, focusing instead on her daughter.

This should be quite an interesting book - it's set from the perspective of an outsider to The Forest, a girl
Mar 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Dec 19, 2010 rated it liked it
‘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
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 :)

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
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book revolves around Gabry, the daughter of Mary, who was the protagonist in The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Unlike Mary, Gabry has always known safety inside the lighthouse shes grown up in. That's why one night outside the barriers - the only protection from the terrifying Mudo - comes with startling consequences that will forever alter Gabry's life.

One thing that really stood out to me about this book was the difference between Gabry and Mary. I liked how the author made it easy to tell t
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Apr 11, 2009 rated it liked it
The Dead-Tossed Waves isn't really a sequel to The Forest of Hands of Teeth but more of a companion novel. Still has some of the same characters as The Forest of Hands and Teeth, still set in the same world, but it's a few years later and it follows Gabry, the daughter of Mary who was the main character in The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

As with it's predecessor the writing in The Dead-Tossed Waves is exemplary. Ryan's talent emanates from the pages, amidst her descriptions of the world she's crea
Brigid ✩
Well, this is one of those books that I had an annoying love-hate relationship with. Many things annoyed me a lot, yet I think I liked it over all. I'm not really sure yet. I think I'm still absorbing. The first book was kind of like that too, for me. But after I read it and thought about it I liked it more. Maybe the same thing will happen with this one. But over all, I just don't think it was as good as the first one, and it reminded me of all the little things in the first book that annoyed m ...more
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Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of a lot of books. She use to be a lawyer. Happily, she is not anymore. You can keep it that way by reading her books:

If you like zombies, try the Forest of Hands and Teeth series.

If you like clever, fun adventure fantasy for 8-12 year olds, definitely read the Map To Everywhere series (co-written with her husband, John Parke Davis).

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