Review: The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

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The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

5 Stars

This series will forever be one I treasure. I knew it the moment I first finished The Forest of Hands and Teeth. That book left my heart bleeding. It was just like nothing I had ever read before. Then after The Dead-Tossed Waves, my heart was mended because of the ending. It left me feeling hopeful for the outcome of these characters I had fallen in love with. Now here we are, at the end of this amazing trilogy.

Carrie Ryan has taken us through a very scenic journey. First with the Village surrounded by a forest in the first book, then Vista, an ocean town. Now we get to see the Dark City, which is what’s left of what used to be New York City. It’s dark and gritty…perfect dystopian setting.

I’m not really sure what I expected Annah, our main character, to be like, but I did not expect her to be so wounded, emotionally and physically. She’s had to live with the regret of having left her sister in the forest when they were five. She feels ugly because of the scars she has on her face and body from an accident a few years back. But…she’s a survivor. Of all protagonists in this series, Annah’s had it the worst in my opinion. I loved getting to see her transform from this insecure, angry girl to a strong, confident woman. Some of the things that happen to her in this book made me so angry!

I seriously hated the Recruiters. The way they treated everyone, especially their captives, was completely enraging!! And I hate to say they got what they deserved in the end, but they did, and I was happy about it.

Annah is able to get past some of her issues, in part, thanks to a couple of people. One would be Catcher. Although Catcher gives Annah the whole “Hands Off!” spill, I could see that he really did care for her. Catcher is just as wounded as she is, maybe not on the outside but definitely on the inside. Catcher and Annah are also very alike in that they don’t let people get close and in the way of how they feel about themselves. I think this is why they connect so deeply.

I thought I had an idea of where this story would go or how I hoped it would end, but Carrie Ryan honestly surprised me. I was on the edge of my seat for most of this book! The ending, while not what I imagined (it was better), was sooo her. I felt okay letting these characters go because Carrie Ryan has written an ending that makes me believe they are going to one day make their world better. I don’t have to worry about them, they’ll be just fine.

I loved it. It was a beautifully written conclusion to an amazing series. And like I said before, I will treasure these books always.

Book Info

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth #3
Published by Delacorte Press
Pub Date: March 22nd 2011
Pages: 374
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Post ApocalypticYoung AdultZombies
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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?

Jess @ Gone with the Words

9 Responses to “Review: The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan”

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    I really did not like letting these characters go! I really think there's enough for another book…don't you? One can always hope….

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Oh, you must read it soon!!! It’s one of my most favorite series!

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    Oh my gosh, I love these books. They started my love of zombies. I remember when I read this one. I was so sad they were over. Like near devastation. A few days later, my husband comes home with the first season of The Walking Dead. He had no idea, he just wanted to try the show out, but I felt like my life was back!!! He didn’t even think I’d watch it with him since I didn’t like zombies. Ooh, but I do now!!!

    I would never make out with one though.. Warm Bodies made it seem cool, but yuck. Decomposing and all. Yucko. lol

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