Thursday, April 8, 2010

Book Review: The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Title: The Dead-Tossed Waves
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Delacorte Press (Print)/ Listening Library (Audio)
Publication Date: 3/16/2010
Genre: Teen, Science Fiction, Horror Fiction, Adventure Fiction, Zombies Fiction
Checked both book on CD and printed version out from public library.

The Dead-Tossed Waves The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Gabry lives in the protected town of Vista with her mother, Mary. She has always known safety in her small quiet town until one night when she and some of her friends decide to cross the barrier that protects Vista from the Mudo, the walking dead, on the outside. Although Gabry doesn’t want to cross the barrier she goes anyway to win the love of her best friend’s brother, Catcher. Only things don’t turn out as the teens expect, and when tragedy strikes, Gabry would give anything to go back to that moment before she crossed the barrier.

This sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth was exciting and action packed. There were times when my heart was racing because I didn’t know what would happen next. This book was so unpredictable, the narrator so indecisive that I had no clue where the book would take me. I liked Gabry, but felt that she needed to reevaluate some of the choices she has made. She finds herself facing danger around every turn as her once quiet and safe life unravels around her. But it is her decision making (whether good or bad) that makes this novel such an unpredictable delight.

With this addition to the series, Ryan’s writing and storytelling has gotten sharper. Her world building is perfect and her characters are both mysterious and engaging. We get a few more clues in this novel, as to how the world got to be in this predicament with the Mudo (or unconsecrated as they are sometimes called). We know there are more towns, cities, and survivors out there than we were aware of in the first book.

That said, I really think I liked this book better than the first. Gabry is an interesting and flawed character whose world falls apart because of one simple mistake. I couldn’t stand to put this book down and had to know what was going to happen to Gabry next. Highly recommended for people who like dystopian fiction, science fiction, mild horror, or who are looking for some heart racing zombie scares.

The audio version of this book is good. Tara Sands narrates the story as the voice of Gabry. You can actually believe that she is Gabry, because she sounds convincingly young. The reading is clear and dramatic and her voice pulls you into the story. You can hear the confusion, pain, and heart wrenching sadness that Gabry feels in the voice of the narrator.



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4 comments:

  1. Great review! I just finished The Forest of Hands and Teeth last night and I loved it. I was totally not expecting the way it ended. I'm really looking forward to Dead-Tossed Waves now.

    -Brittany

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  2. I enjoyed Forest of Hands and Teeth, but I really loved Dead Tossed Waves. Ryan's writing is so unpredictable, I couldn't even guess how the story would end. I think she has a 3rd book for this series in the works, at least that is what her goodreads profile says. I can't wait to read what she writes next!

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  3. I loved the first book, and I loved this one as well! I'm not a big audiobook fan, but I'm glad they did the narration well.

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  4. I usually both read and listen to a book when I have the opportunity. I love audiobooks in my car, but I read faster than I can listen, so I will listen to parts and read parts. Both Forest of Hands and Teeth and Dead-Tossed Waves had great narrators for their audio books.

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