Synopsis: Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She's content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast--home is all she's ever known and all she needs for happiness.
But life after the Return is never safe.
Gabry's mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but like the dead in their world, secrets don't stay buried. And now, Gabry's world is crumbling.
In one reckless moment, half of Gabry's generation is dead, the other half imprisoned.
Now Gabry knows only one thing: if she has any hope of a future, she must face the forest of her mother's past.
Review: I had first read The Forest of Hands and Teeth about two summers ago and I actually had really enjoyed it. It wasn't something that I would normally pick up, the only reason I had decided to read it, is that my sister had told me to give it a chance, and I'm really glad that I did.
After reading this first novel, I decided to give The Dead Tossed Waves ago. The first time that I started it, I had a really hard time trying to get into it and I ended up just pushing it to the side. I picked it up again a few days ago and I decided that I was going to give it another shot.
When we first meet Gabry, she is a bit hesitant to breaking rules, and she does appear to be this way for most of the book. In many ways she's quite an innocent character who has no problems at all following the rules. With everything that ensues, Gabry finds herself having to push herself out of her comfort zone and to do things that she normally wouldn't do.
Overall, I really didn't mind the book. I found that it moved at a really quick pace, and it was able to hold my attention really well. There were a couple of points throughout the book, where Ryan does a good job at creating fear and panic. For the most part though I did enjoy the plot, despite it being, in someways really similar to The Forest of Hands and Teeth.
My one huge complaint though would be Gabry herself. While in some ways it is great to see her challenge herself, at the same time, her whining and her redundancy starts to get a little irritating. She keeps repeating phrases such as "I wish I could go back..." Unfortunately, that isn't going to be a possibility. For me, I think that Gabry needs to spend a bit more time worrying about the present and the future and to try a bit harder not to live too much in the past.
Rating: I give this book 3 Stars. It really wasn't a horrible book. I would also recommend this if you had read The Forest of Hands and Teeth and want to find out how the story continues.