Reviewed by Karin Librarian for TeensReadToo.com
Gabry has lived with her mother in the lighthouse for years. She is content with her friends, her quiet world, and dreaming of life in the Dark City where people enjoy more comforts than she is used to.
Gabry's friends are more adventurous than she is. They like to sneak out of town and explore the unsafe areas where Mudo roam. They particular enjoy going to the abandoned and dangerous amusement park on the other side of the fence. Gabry doesn't want to go where the Mudo wander - she wants to stay safe, but Catcher is going and she wants to be with him. The thought of spending time with Catcher alone and in the dark overpowers her thoughts of safety.
Gabry's trip to the amusement part quickly turns into a disaster. She is forced to grow up fast with very little information. The little she learns from her mother sends her on the biggest adventure of her life. One she never even considered a possibility. The only thing that keeps her going is the desire to learn the truth about her family and save the people she loves.
My first reaction when I started reading THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES was disappointment. I wanted more about Mary. Also, there were several times when Gabry got on my nerves.
But, after thinking about the book for a while, I have come to the conclusion that continuing the story of the people surviving life among the Unconsecrated/Mudo several years after THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH was okay. How much more could we have seen Mary do? She'd already survived the trip through the forest and found the ocean. What could she do that was more exciting than that? Plus, Gabry provides a whole new perspective on life after the Return.
I now can't wait to read the third novel in this wonderful series. Keep up the good work, Ms. Ryan.
This book just felt like one big WHINE. What the main character goes through is traumatic and it's one crisis after another, so her reactions are understandable. I just prefer stronger characters. The only reason I found this to be worthwhile was the part where she finds the book that explains how the undead came into being.
I enjoyed this book #2 more than the first. I found the characters better defined and with a lot more strength and less ambiguity than those of the Forest of Hands and Teeth, including Gabry. Gabry did test my patience but she was much better central role than Mary was in the first book in terms that she did figure out what she wanted, the young man she loved the most and was less self centered about her guilt. Now, this is the part the unnerved me, the feeling guilty for running and leaving her friends behind to get caught or bitten, for being distracted, for being afraid to leave the security of her surroundings. Thankfully, she pulls through all of that in time to muster the strength to do what needs to be done to get Catcher away from the pursuers no the Mudo this time-. You have to read the book to learn about this new group.
The introduction of new scenarios, dangers and horizons beyond the fences were handled very well and I believe that keeping the paths in the forest with their roman numerals sequencing tied it coherently to the first book. I liked that a lot. I still need to dig dipper in the co-relation between Shakespeare's sonnets and the roman numerals marking the paths.
I loved Elias and the mystery surrounding him, Catcher and his newly found physical advantage against the Mudo. "Mudo" by the way is the Spanish word for "Mute", interesting choice of word; enough said.
Read the story, this is a much, much better companion book. I have to read the 3rd. book now to learn how everything unravels.