The Dark And Hallow Places
The Forest of Hands and Teeth #3
Author: Carrie Ryan
Published: March 22, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds
Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.
But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has 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 covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?
It is very hard to review this book with out mentioning the previous book in the trilogy, so if you haven’t it yet, be forewarned that it will be mentioned.
Let me explain to you how reading this book went for me.
Bored –> Falling Asleep –> Crying my freaking eyes out.
The last of those took over most of the book and I was actually really shocked. I mean you do know the first rule of zombie/dystopian novels, right? There’s No Crying in Zombie/Dystopian novels! Oh wait, maybe that’s baseball…well either way – the only crying I ever imagined happening with me and zombies would be while I was running screaming in the other direction from a horde coming at me. Seriously at one point I considered investing in wiper blades for my Nook!
TDAHP (The Dark and Hallow Places, I’m only explaining that once…keep up) picks up right where book 2, The Dead Tossed Waves (TDTW) only it’s from the point of view of Annah now, not her twin, long lost sister Gabry. You would think this was confusing, but really it melds together very, very nicely.
TDAHP is a heart wrenching love story, amidst a world of total destruction and chaos. It really gets you thinking, about what in this word, in this life is most important. It’s the people you love.
Every time Annah hurt in this book, I cried and cried. You know that feeling where your heart feels like it’s dropped out of your chest, where for just that split second you think the worst could really have happened – I had that at least 5 times.
My one complaint (I have them about every time!) is that Carrie Ryan spends a lot of time repeating herself. For instance there an important bit of info about how the Twins got separated. It’s not just mentioned like once every 1/3 of the book – which I think could be understandable…it’s mentioned nearly 2 dozen times and almost always with in pages of each other. It’s one thing to reference “that day on the path”, or even to fully explain it once the first time, but to break it down every single time is a bit too much for my taste.
I’m giving it a 4 Bird review. It was something that pulled me in but took awhile to do So. The repeating of things wasn’t a great feature – but it ripped at my heart, made me feel like I was Annah and that’s what I want in a book. I want to be the book.