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The Dark and Hollow Places

(The Forest of Hands and Teeth #3)

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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.  
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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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
Morgan F
In some parts, it was my favorite. In others, it was my least favorite.
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
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
Jul 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Anja H.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

Screw The Walking Dead, if there's ever a zombie apocalypse, I want to be like Annah!

"Life is never that simple. And the fact that it's not that simple to you means only one thing: you're still alive."

This book was by far the best one in this entire series and I'm kind of mad at myself for leaving two years between reading the first two and this one. I would've enjoyed this one so much more right after the other two because this really brought all the storylines together ni
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Second audiobook I will enter towards my reading challenge, sadly I had never heard about this series , so when I chose this book I didn't know this was the third book in a trilogy, however this book was a good stand alone book . The narrative was simple and the plot was nothing out of this world , this is the classic zombie, survival, dystopian society we find in all zombie related books. Did not like the main character, she whines all through the book and is reliant on other characters to keep ...more

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
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-starred-books
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


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
Enna Isilee
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
usagi ☆ミ
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
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i want to know what happeds to gabry!!!!!!!!! but can not wait till it comes out
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Honestly, this book made slogging through the first two worth it. While Mary and Gabry (Annah's twin sister) spend most of their time whining and letting everyone else fix things for them, Annah seemed much more independent after being left in the Dark City by Elias three years ago. She's by far my favourite character of the three girls and really made the read worthwhile, particularly towards the final pages.

Elias and Gabry did not come across as well however
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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
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
Well, it wasn't terrible. Contrary to the critical review ahead, I did actually like some parts: Annah's painting/drawing, particularly when she paints a portrait of an infected woman with the remnants of makeup that she left behind. Catcher, too. He who was quite the noble-hearted soul and deserved much more page time, perhaps à la Warm Bodies. He'd've been a much better protagonist.

This review will be a mixture of my thoughts on The Dark and Hollow Places and on the series as a whole.

I thin
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
Apr 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, autographed
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
★ 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 & image
Argh, Carrie Ryan. Such a good writer, and yet there's always something about her books that bothers me. Last time, in Dead-Tossed Waves, I was bored by both the heroine and the romance. This is an improvement, in that it's just the romance that bothered me.

Gabry honestly irritated me, so I was not exactly looking forward to a book from the POV of her sister. Luckily, Annah is a far more interesting character, rather more like Mary had been: flawed, and not always perfectly likable, but an inter
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, horror
That sad part when you don't follow your instincts and DNF a book.

Annah is scarred inside out. She abandoned her twin sister several years ago to the Unconsecrated (zombies) and has since survived with various scars all over her body and face. But now, that her sister is found, Annah starts developing other feelings such as jealousy and lover boy envy. Can Annah ever be at peace?

Despite being the third book in the series, Ryan chose to focus the story on a new character with a dull personality.
Amy Nielsen
Where oh where do we begin? The ONLY reason I continued beyond book 2 was that I hoped beyond hope that something awesome might happen and somehow this crew would whip the zombie's butts and create a new world. Well, since I gave up on this book in the last 20 minutes of it (audiobook), it's not looking like that happened, unless it happened super fast. No, I wouldn't have normally given up that close to the end but my library loan ended and I just don't care what finally happened to stupid Anna ...more
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
A dystopian sci-fi story spanning three books about life after several generations of zombie occupation set in the New York City area at a time when humans are barely holding on. This is the 3rd installment told by yet another young woman, connected to both of the previous narrators. I'm so grateful to be done with this series. The first two books made me want to tear my hair out! They were imaginative for a well worn trope yet I disliked the narrators intensely. For the first time I felt like t ...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Duchess Nicole
I feel like I’ve been through an emotional wringer for the last two evenings. If you’re looking for a feel good zombie book with a happy ending to the horror filled flesh eating monster series, do not look here. At no point in the reading of this entire series have I ever had happy feelings.

That being said, this is a series that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Maybe I shelter myself with romance too often. In my endless search for literary escape, do I miss out on these thought provo
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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
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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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