The Dead-Tossed Waves

Monday, June 7, 2010

Title: The Dead-Tossed Waves
Author: Carrie Ryan
Pages: 407
Genre: Young Adult, Zombie
Publisher: Delacorte Press, Random House
Release Date: March 9, 2010

I wrote about my surprise when I thoroughly enjoyed the first in this series, The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Obviously, I was I intrigued enough to pick up the book, so maybe I shouldn't have been so surprised! And I'm happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed this one as well. Rather than being a direct sequel, The Dead-Tossed Waves, follows up approximately 15-20 years later with Gabry, the daughter of our first protagonist, Mary. This review won't be as thorough as I prefer since it's been almost 6 weeks since I read this and my brain's a little fuzzy! I've just been lazy with writing reviews. =/

Now in Gabry's world, zombies exist but they aren't the constant and continuous threat they were in her mother, Mary's, world. Mary and Gabry live on the beach in a lighthouse and one of Mary's main responsibilities is to keep her eye on the unconsecrated that wash up on the beach with the waves and to kill them before they make it any further on land. But other than that, zombies aren't something that they have to think about too often. Gabry and her friends, however, have heard stories about the unconsecrated and the dangers they present. They've been warned throughout their lives to not venture past the wall encircling their village because beyond there they will certainly encounter the dangers they've up till now only heard stories about.

The action in this book starts immediately as Gabry and her friends rebel by hanging out near the roller coaster just beyond the wall. A new form of zombie, breakers, are introduced in this book that increases the tension and adds a new element to the zombie story. There were moments that I thought this book was much better than its predecessor and moments where I preferred the original. Regardless, I ended up loving this one as much as the first. The storyline of this one was very much more involved and made the first appear as though it were only setting the scene for this one - an important element in books in a "series" or of "companion" books as this is referred.

While this addition featured a similar journey as the first, the additional characters created a newness that made the journey different. There was another love triangle, though this one was complicated in a way that will likely force the reader to feel strongly one way or another, cheering Gabry on or yelling at her to come to her senses. There was also a level of innocence in this that separated itself from the first novel and Gaby from Mary. In Mary's world, the zombies were forever and always leaning in on the fences trying to reach the villagers. But Gabry hasn't had to live her life with these difficulties. Just as through generations, parents tend to have had things more difficult than the children they raise, Mary somewhat shelters Gabry from the horror of the unconsecrated; this makes Gabry's journey through The Dead-Tossed Waves one seen through a fresh perspective.

This was a wonderful follow up to The Forest of Hands and Teeth and I really look forward to the third installment coming out in the spring of 2011!


christina said...

I actually enjoyed this one much more than Hands. I think because Gabby's character was more likable for me.

Juju at Tales of said...

I keep hearing the best things about this one and it's predecessor. Perhaps I should stop being a chicken and read them.

Andrea said...

I liked them both as well though I found both Gabby and Mary to be too whiny. But the ending was very exciting and I can't wait to read the next one.

Zibilee said...

I just bought the first book in this series and am looking forward to getting the chance to read it. It sounds like this one is good as well, so I will be on the lookout for it too! Thanks!

Cleverly Inked said...

Alas I have not read either books. I just need to do it already!

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