The Dark and Hollow Places
Author: Carrie Ryan
Reviewers: Brittknee & Megzarooni
Annah knows she has a twin sister, but she forgot her long ago. Back when they went to play in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, she and Elias lost her, and after that there was no going back to the village. Life's been hard, but Elias has taken care of her, and living in the Dark City can help one to forget the horror of the Unconsecrated—if you try hard enough. But when Elias disappears, Annah's world crumbles. To her, life isn't worth much more than the walking dead who roam the wasted world she lives in. It's not until she meets Catcher that she cares to start living again. Yet Catcher has secrets. Dark, terrifying secrets that link him to a past she's longed to forget and to a future too deadly to consider. Annah must decide: Can she continue to live a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the answer to all her problems? (Via Shelfari)
The final installment in Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy, The Dark and Hollow Places, is by far the best ending to a series I have read to date. Carrie brings her readers on another emotional rollercoaster that plummets deeper into the dying zombie infested world of her previous novels.
Her new character Annah is a force to be reckoned with and the scars on her skin, proof of her strength to overcome even the worst of obstacles. Thought-out Carrie’s novel I felt rather sorry for Annah. Having to live in a zombie apocalypse seems brutal, but on top of that the poor girl is thrown into a numerous amount of manmade horrors. It’s like the world decided now would be a good time to start beating on Annah, but her determination to survive is astounding. Carrie’s suspenseful scenarios kept me feverishly flipping pages as I became eager to discover their outcome. Praying certain character would still be alive in the end, while other...well not so much.
Brittknee had this to say:
The third and final novel in The Forest of Hands and Teeth series, The Dark and Hollow Places, most definitely did not let any of my expectations down. From beginning to end, I was hooked. This novel was filled with Love, strength, courage, pain, suffering, action, thrills, longing, and so much more. Each chapter kept you wondering, each page made you eager to read. Carrie Ryan did an excellent job on not only this novel, but all of the Forest of Hands and Teeth novels. They will forever be in, not only my favourite zombie/love list, but also in my all time favourites.
Spectacular as always Carrie! We are eagerly awaiting your future novels and short stories. The Monsters recommend her series to anyone who loves a good love story...with a huge dose of zombies. There is a few disturbing scenarios in the series, so it’s not recommended for weak stomachs! You can learn more about this amazing series on the author's website here: Carrie Ryan
If we could rate this 1000 out of 5 we would, but instead we’ll give it a solid 5/5 zombie hordes!
-Brittknee & Megzarooni