Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The Dead Tossed Waves
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 cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.
For those of you that have read The Forest of Hands and Teeth this book The Dead Tossed Waves picks up approximately 17 years later. At the end of tFoHaT Mary left the Forest and made her way to the ocean and that was where it had ended. This book starts with her teenage daughter Gabry hanging out with her friends and making a life altering decision to leave the safety of their protected area for a little adventure.
The behavior that made Mary somewhat unlikeable in the first book continued into this book. Her selfishness was jaw-dropping at times. However, she does own up to it in time. I guess that is somewhat redeeming. The fact that she raised a good daughter in Gabry is good thing too. I really liked Gabry's character. She was one of those kind of characters that we all love with a deep core of inner strength but very humble.
I had to wait forever to get this book from the library and it was well worth the wait. All the creepiness of the Infected/Unconsecrated continued along with some information about different different types of Infected. Some great new characters were introduced: Gabry, Elias, and Catcher. I'm ready for the next book in the series to come out, The Dark and Hollow Places, next March.