Sharon Malcolm's Reviews > The Dead-Tossed Waves
The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2)
I do have a beef with this series. As fascinating as this post-apocalyptic world is, what I want to know is this. How exactly do these isolated villages, cut off from the outside world in every way, survive in the every day? There is no mention of where the food comes from for example apart from the occasional mention of stores. There appears to be no livestock of any kind, indeed in this book the first mention of even a vegetable garden of any kind is when the protagonists escape and reach an even more isolated village in the middle of the Forest of Hands and Teeth, where there is one survivor ONLY, and we are graced with a detailed description of the gardens of this man's house which include, yes, a vege patch. But no cows. The only animal mentioned that I have noticed is the occasional dog, and I'm sure you can't milk them. How do they keep healthy? No mention is made of any general ill-health. Do they have toothbrushes and or toothpaste? How do they go with dental hygiene if not? I'd would love a little time spent on details like this, instead of the continual internal angsting of the central figure of narrative. Which, I admit, was much reduced in this sequel, for which I will thank my lucky stars.
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