Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Dark and Hollow Places
By Carrie Ryan; Delacorte Press 2011

Summary:  There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face when she and Elias left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the horde as they found their way to 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 him to come home ever since. Without him, her life doesn't feel much different from that of the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Then she meets Catcher and everything feels alive again.

Except, Catcher has his own secrets—dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah's 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 drenched in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?

My Review: OMIGOSH! Carrie Ryan has done it again! She has officially made it on my top five favorite authors. She has only written three novels and she has already gained my approval because of her exceptional writing. Her Forest of Hands and Teeth series is amazing.  She loves imputing love triangles and zombie terrors. She makes you nervous  about whether the protagonists od the story will survie. The romance and the action of the story is satisfying. Each book is a different perspective of the characters Mary, Gabry, and now Annah. 

The Dark and Hollow Places has become my favorite in the series. The main character Annah is by far one of my favorite female heroes in a novel.  She is different than the other women in this story. She was brought up without a mother, she was left by her friend to live in the Dark City  by herself to survive, and she has brutal scars covering her body from a barbed wire accident. I loved watching her grow and change throughout this book. She learns to look past the  scars and the comparing of her to her sister to learn to love herself. She is the main reason I love this book so much because she made me realize several things about myself. I highly highly recommend this book, but read the other two in the series first.

Things to Watch Out for: Violence, gore, brief kissing scenes, sexual advances, brief mention of nudity, and zombies. 


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