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The Dead-Tossed Waves

(The Forest of Hands and Teeth #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  29,074 ratings  ·  2,681 reviews
Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea & behind the Barrier. She's happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast. Home is all she's ever known &, all she needs for happiness. But life after the Return is never safe & there are threats even the Barrier can't hold back.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 2010 by Gollancz (first published March 9th 2010)
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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…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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dystopia
Καταπληκτικό! Δεν είναι απλώς το ότι έχει δράση και γρήγορη πλοκή, αλλά έχει και πολύ μυστήριο, το οποίο ξετυλίγει μια απίθανη ιστορία. Ο τρόπος με τον οποίο αυτό το μυστήριο περιπλέκει τα πάντα, όσα συνδέονται, το παρελθόν και το παρόν. Και φυσικά είναι και τα τόσα συναισθήματα. Η ανασφάλεια, ο φόβος, οι τύψεις, η ανάγκη και η ελπίδα. Είναι ο τρόπος που όλα αυτά τα αφηγείται η Ryan…
Άμα αυτή η σειρά σας περνάει απαρατήρητη και αδιάφορη προτείνω να το ξανασκεφτείτε και φυσικά να την ξεκινήσετε. Α
Yiota Misiou
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
" Ίσως όμως είναι η ώρα να καταλάβουμε ότι δεν χρειάζεται να ζούμε μέσα στα όρια που έχουμε θέσει εμείς οι ίδιοι. Ίσως πρέπει να σπρώξουμε αυτά τα όρια. Να διεκδικήσουμε μέρος αυτού που χάθηκε. Και να φτιάξουμε έναν καινούριο κόσμο. "
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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
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  ·  review of another edition
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Teresa Cantrell
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
May 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2011, horror

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
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
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Το 2ο βιβλίο της σειράς κατά την άποψή μου, είναι πολύ καλύτερο από το πρώτο. Έχει έντονη δράση, γρήγορη πλοκή, νέους χαρακτήρες και τα απρόοπτα δεν λείπουν καθόλου. Η Carrie Ryan έχει φτιάξει έναν πολύ σκοτεινό κόσμο και μου αρέσει που δεν αναλώνεται στο να εξηγήσει πώς συνέβη. Προτιμά να αναφερθεί στις καταστροφικές συνέπειες της μόλυνσης. Τα νέα πρόσωπα κρύβουν μυστήριο και λίγο πριν το τέλος μαθαίνουμε τον τρόπο που συνδέονται όλα. Πραγματικά, δεν μπορούσα να το αφήσω απ’ τα χέρια μου.
‘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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
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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).

If you lik

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