Monday, June 6, 2011

The Dark and Hollow Places

The Dark and Hollow Places (Forest of Hands and Teeth Novel)
By Carrie Ryan
374 pages
Book 3

Summary: Annah, tired of waiting for Elias to come back and desperate to find her sister, attempts to leave the Dark City. But when she tries, she catches a glimpse of a girl who looks just like her, but beautiful and unscarred. Elias is back, with her sister and a mysterious and complicated guy named Catcher. They also bring with them an awoken hoard about to devour the City Annah calls home. If they are to get out alive Annah must come to terms with Elias’ relationship with her sister, learn her own strength and find something to live for in Catcher.

Review: The Dark and Hollow Places has everything readers love about Ryan’s stories: zombies, love triangles and heart stopping, page turning action. While I’ll admit I didn’t connect as well to Annah’s voice as I did to Garby’s and I missed the connection with Mary’s story, there was still a lot to love in this final chapter. I liked the bleakness of the world married with the hope of the little group who refused to give up. Despite there being happiness and completion to the characters’ stories, the novel is still very gritty, staying true to the original two books. I would recommend reading the other two books again if it’s been a while; the story jumps to a different character and doesn’t put a lot of time into explaining connections. It took a while for me to remember what was going on. However, a solid ending to one of my most favourite series.

Also by Carrie Ryan: Forest of Hands and Teeth and Dead Tossed Waves

If you liked The Dark and Hollow Places, you might also enjoy the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins or the Maze Runner series by James Dashner

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Writing: 4/4
Characters: 3/4
Plot: 3/4
Originality: 3.5/4
Popularity: 3/4
Cover: 4/4 (fits perfectly with the rest of the series)
Grade Level: S


We Heart YA said...

We've heard the same thing about not connecting to Annah as much as Gabry or Mary... but that's okay, we're so invested in this series, we've got to keep going! Thanks for the great review.

Katie said...

I loved this series so much. I think it might be one of my faves :)

Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

I REALLY didn't like Annah. She got on my nerves so much. I liked this one, but it was also a lot more depressing and dark than the previous two, I thought. I'm glad I finished off the trilogy, but I definitely liked the first 2 a lot more.

Katie said...

I really like these books! Each was obviously connected to the one before, but they were still such distinct stories. I think it would be interesting if more characters wrote companion novels, rather than straight sequels. I definitely second the notion that it would be helpful to read book #2 again if it's been awhile. I had a heck of a time trying to remember all of the different characters!

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