Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Review: The Dark and Hallow Places

The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3)The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 22nd 2011
by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

The Dark and Hallow Places is book Three in the series of The Forest of Hands and Teeth.
Here all of our favorite characters are coming together and trying to survive as the Horde of unliving are moving en mass to their previous thought, impenetrable island. Love is in the air while the trials of surviving are taking a toll on our beloved characters. Who will survive from getting off of Sanctuary while the Hordes are crashing at your doors. Will love conquer all odds in the tunnels? Will our characters find solace in each other, or succumb to the death.
Carrie Ryan weaves and amazing world building tale of love in the time of zombies, where food is scarce and the living try and beat insurmountable odds to just basically stay of the living.
The inner thoughts of Annah are absolutely remarkable. I love her inner dialog and how as a character she is finding that she has a beauty that no bodily damage can set apart from her. As a character Annah is fighting the struggle to stay driven and alive, just as much as she is fighting to keep the will to live within that struggle and find herself as a person of worth in the eyes of others.
The Dark and Hallow places was a masterpiece to read. I was not only on the edge of my seat, but a tear in the eye while reading.
The ending was beautiful and remarkable. Will there be hope left?
Will there be another book? I hope so, these characters are truly spectacular to read upon, and I am not reading to give up on their quest, hopes, and dreams yet.

Goodreads book blurb:

There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.
Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.
But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?

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