Monday, November 22, 2010

The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #2) by Carrie Ryan

The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #2)
by Carrie Ryan

I thought the first book was only OK, but I decided to give the series the benefit of doubt, and read the sequel, The Dead-Tossed Waves. The story follows Gabrielle (Gabry), who is the daughter of Mary, the protagonist of The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Even in Vista on the seashores, the Unconsecrated are still an ever-looming threat to everyone. Gabry has been raised to follow the rules by the letter, but that all changes when Gabry is persuaded/ peer-pressured by her best friend, Cira and brother Catcher, along with a handful of other friends, to climb the barrier and explore the Ruins, which is the abandoned fair ground. A happy outing and promising romance (between Catcher and Gabry) is abruptly ruined when Unconsecrated turn up on the fair grounds. With the turning of some of her group mates and others in danger of becoming infected, Gabry flees back over the Barrier – knowing that her friends now face dire consequences for their adventure to the Ruins. Not only does this impact Cira and Catcher’s outcomes, but also leads Gabry to make and fulfill promises that put her continuously in danger, and ultimately changes life as she knew it in Vista.

I was sadly disappointed that this companion novel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth did not redeem the series as I optimistically hoped. I found Gabry’s character to be ever annoying and fleeting. I also did not like ANOTHER love triangle showing up between Gabry, Catcher and Elias. And to see her flip back and forth between loving, kissing, cuddling, one this moment and the other in the next, just really bothered me. I don’t think I will read the third book if it’s going to continue with Gabry’s story and her love triangle.

Rating: 2/5 Stars

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