THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES by Carrie Ryan
Delacorte Books for Young ReadersHardcover: (March 2010), ISBN-10: 0385736843, ISBN-13: 978-0385736848
REVIEW: YYYY 1/2
What can I say except that Carrie Ryan is brilliant. She has the unique ability of creating literary magic and with THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES she surpassed her previous debut effort of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH with a story that was more stunning and compelling.
I could not think that I could enjoy a story of zombie mayhem as much as I did with this story, but I did. THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES is a well crafted, riveting story filled with passion, terror and mystery. I was gripping my book, white-knuckling it from the first word to the very last and I could not stop reading. The world that Carrie created had sucked me in and I was it's mudo.
THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES takes place years after Mary escaped the forest to find her beloved ocean. Now we have Gabrielle, her daughter, and her life after "the return". Gabry has only known the saftey of living in Vista, she would never test the borders that keep her town safe from Mudo. One night her friends decide to go across the borders and against Gabry's better judgement she follows, but it was because her heart pulled her. Catcher, was the object of her affection and her best friend Cira's brother, she knew they were meant to be. They kiss and Gabry cannot believe how perfect life can be then in an instant everything changes. Unimaginable and hideous chain of events occur and overnight Gabry looses everything she holds dear. Catcher and some others are missing and the rest imprisoned for illegally crossing the border while Gabry escaped and now she is home wracked with guilt for running away. Soon, it is made clear that her friends will dearly pay for their mistake and if Gabry does not make due on her promise to Cira she will be locked up with them. Will Gabry have the courage to enter the forest and find Catcher? Will she be able to trust the handsome stranger that reluctantly helps her? or will she be able to follow her mother in the forest of hands and teeth to unlock her own mystery?
I have to admit I was hesitant about reading this story. Although I had enjoy Carrie's writing style in TFOHAT I did not care for the protagonist (Mary) and there were a few issues with the story that I felt needed better explanation. I was very relieved in reading THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES because many of those questions were answered and I got a better understanding for that world. I like the addition of characters in this read, it rounded out the story and gave it new perspective. The only issue I have with this story is the love triangle between Gabry and the male interests in her life, it was reminiscent of Mary's situation although with Gabry I could understand their love for her.
If you enjoyed THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, you will adore this story for it is an amazing companion novel and now I am chomping at the bit for the conclusion for the cliff hanger was HUGE in this book. I cannot wait to read more about these fascinating characters and what will happen next for Gabry and her adventures.