The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

I really enjoyed this book.  The first book is called The Forest of Hands and Teeth and I think I probably read it last August?? When I was on holiday if I remember correctly.  I really liked the Forest of Hands and Teeth – I probably can’t remember all the character names now but the basic premise, the world that Carrie has created and the whole mystery with the Sisters and the way in which they control the village was really gripping.  Also, this book was, I felt, a refreshing change.  After all, and I know I read all of them, but we have an awful lot of stories about vampires and werewolves!  Couple this with a well written love triangle and bah da bing.  I really liked the FOHAT and was anxious to read the second book – I’m sure that the end of the first book was disappointing to a lot of people (because it wasn’t a traditional happy ending – or more to the point it didn’t have a conclusion as such) but I didn’t really feel like that because everything was still open and as we know with books anything can happen (also so many books are now written as trilogys that you expect the first and second to remain a bit open).

The Dead Tossed Waves is listed as a companion novel and by that what is meant is that it is not told in the same voice as the first book (i.e Mary).  Gabry, Mary’s daughter continues the story in the second novel.

I really enjoyed this book (even more so than the first).  The story continues but also develops.  New concepts are brought into play and the world in which we are now moving is expanded.  The first novel was mainly contained to the Forest and the concept that there was nothing else.  The second novel is based in a new place called Vista.  Vista is small and fairly self contained but is aware of the wider world and is part of a system called the Protectorate.  There is even the possibility (through serving in the militia) to move to the Dark City!  However, serving in the Militia is not exactly ‘nice’ and more than likely will lead to death.

What I really like about the book is that it’s now starting to expand, it’s fast paced (virtually from the start of the book) and it’s unpredictable – Carrie is definitely not frightened to sacrifice characters along the way, and, to be honest, given the situation they’re all living in this is understandable.

I suppose if I have any criticisms they would probably be related to the fact that Gabry constantly blames herself for everything (and this is a criticism that I voiced in a previous book (Mockingjay) – so perhaps this is a teenage thing, to constantly blame yourself for everything that goes wrong and feel responsible for the consequences.  Although having three teenagers I can’t say I’ve noticed this as one of their prevalent characteristics (perhaps they hide it well??) I mean, basically, at the start of the book an event takes place that changes everybody’s lives – but, if you really think about how that event started (and I’m trying to not give away spoilers here) it wasn’t really Gabry who instigated anything.  And, yet, none of the others- such as Catcher, or his sister – seem to be ridden with guilt!

The only other criticism I would probably have is why the living don’t try to eliminate more of the ‘unconsecrated’.  They seem mainly to concentrate on keeping them out or running away.  Alright, maybe that’s to do with people hanging on to their sense of morality and not just wanting to ‘kill’ people.  I don’t know, maybe this is linked to the third book – maybe then, the remaining humans will start to fight back, or maybe a vaccine will be created!  Who knows.

Criticisms aside (and to me they are really small), I would definitely recommend this book. Rating A.

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One Response to “The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan”

  1. zahra

    OMG!!! i LOVE the first book as well as this one!! I’ve never read a book like this but when i did i really enjoyed it, you just can’t put the book down, there’s something around every corner in this book!! and it’s soooo tense!!! basically, just read all the book’s that lynn reccomends because the books she reads are just sooo amazing, words can’t even describe it!!!

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