Friday, May 6, 2011

Book Review: Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

Title: Dark and Hollow Places
Author: Carrie Ryan
Genre: Teen Post Apocalyptic Fiction, Action Adventure Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Horror
Publication Date: March 22, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publisher CD:  Random House/ Listening Library
ISBN-13 Book: 9780385738590
ISBN-13 CD: 9780307747266
Source: I checked out both the book and the audio CD from my local public library.  This is my honest review!

The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3)The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Since Elias left her alone in the Dark City while he joined the Recruiters, Annah has been living day to day just trying to survive and looking forward to his return which seems more unlikely as each day passes.  Plagued with the guilt of knowing she left her sister in the Forest of Hands and Teeth and scarred after an accident in the city's old subway tunnels, Annah can't forgive herself or forget how ugly she thinks she is. One day while leaving the city, Annah sees her sister Abigale (Gabry) on a bridge and knows she has to find her. But little does she know that a hoarde of dead is approaching the city, and it will cause a chain of events that, should they survive, will change all their lives forever. No place is safe!
This is the third book in Carrie Ryan's Forest of Hands and Teeth series, and I have to say that her writing improves with each book.  I think my favorite may still be Dead-Tossed Waves, this book definitely runs a close second.  Ryan has a remarkable ability to create a world where danger is everywhere and a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Annah, the main character of this third novel, is the sister of Gabry from Dead-Tossed Waves.  She is a darker character than Gabry because her upbringing has been plagued with such horrors and pain.  She is plagued by the guilt of leaving her sister in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, and is scarred from attempts to explore the tunnels in the city.  When we first meet Annah she is waiting for Elias to return from the Recruiters, but as each day passes, hope fades.  When she meets Catcher, things begin to turn around for Annah.

Ryan's talent lies in her ability to write nail biting, adrenaline pumping horror scenes.  She knows how to scare you, take to to the very edge of danger and pull you back to safety at the last minute.  Ryan writes some of the best teen horror out there, with fantastic believable characters and heart pumping action. 

I still wish I could find out how The Return happened, what caused it, but that isn't part of the story.  The story is about the survivors.  The small pockets of humanity struggling to survive in a cruel and heartless world.  (I still hope that someday she will go back in time and write about a character living when The Return started, and her struggle to survive.) 

The audio CD version of this book contains 9 unabridged CDs produced by Random House/Listening Library.  The narrator of this audiobook is Allyson Ryan, who does an excellent job giving voice to Annah.  The audio is clear and Allyson Ryan is the perfect voice for the scarred and guilt ridden Annah.  Definitely worth a listen.

Overall this is a definite must read for those who have read the other books in the series.  Unlike Dead-Tossed Waves and The Forest of Hands and Teeth, however, this book is not a stand alone.  You must at least have read Dead-Tossed Waves, or you may not be able to keep track of some of the story lines. I definitely recommend this series though if you like heart stopping action and great teen horror.

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  1. The whole series is very engaging and easy to get lost in. Not much to say that has not already been said. Passionate writing in every way.

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