Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

I was eagerly awaiting this 3rd book in the Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan, and it didn't disappoint. The story goes to Annah, who is Gabry's twin sister that she was separated from when they were little girls. Annah is waiting for Elias to come back from joining the Recruiters. Annah has decided to quit waiting and go look for Elias, but as she is on her way out of the Dark City (which we learn is New York), she sees Gabry, or Abbigail as she knows her going in to the city. Gabry is helping Catcher escape, and she gets taken by the Recruiters.

Well, things go downhill from here. A horde of the zombies take over the city, and Annah must find her sister and get out. First, Catcher shows up. Next is Elias. And the only way they know to save Gabry is to take Catcher to the Recruiters. They want him because he is immune and can help where normal people can't go without getting turned. But when they get to the island, it is just as the horde has pretty much overrun the city, in fact, they must run through the subway tunnels just to get there. They find though that the Recruiters are really bad people. They torture people by putting them in cages with the undead and watching them try to live until they are so exhausted they are finally turned. They punish Annah several times in pretty brutal ways.

Annah, Catcher, Gabry and Elias must find a way off the island to be safe. Annah sees that Elias is now in love with Gabry, and yet she felt he was in love with her right before he left. I'm not sure if this is the end of the series or not, it did leave in a way that could probably be continued from, and I kind of hope it does.

My only complaint, Annah and Catcher fall in love WAY too quick/easy. They barely know each other, and Catcher was in love with Gabry before. So I don't quite understand the intensity of Annah and Catcher's feelings in this book. That was the only thing that I had trouble with as I was reading. Still a good book though!

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