Thursday, April 21, 2011
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
The Dark and Hollow Places is the third book in a trilogy by Carrie Ryan. The first book is The Forest of Hands and Teeth. It’s a fantastic book and I highly recommend it. The sequel, The Dead Tossed Waves, did not disappoint either and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the third book. It was worth the wait.
The Dark and Hollow Places takes place pretty soon after the end of The Dead Tossed Waves. The narrator is Annah, Gabry’s twin sister. Annah is living in the Dark City by herself, waiting for Elias to return. While trying to leave the Dark City to make her way back to the forest, in the hopes of finding her sister again, she sees Abigail (now Gabry) passing the other direction. Annah fights her way back to the city and meets Catcher as well as eventually reuniting with both Elias and Gabry. The four have to find a way to escape what is left of the Dark City while avoiding both the recruiters and the unconsecrated.
A good deal of the first two books involve characters trying to make their way through the forest. I kind of missed that in this book but subway tunnels took the place of the forest paths. Like the two previous novels, the story moves along at a fast pace and it’s easy to get caught up and sucked in. I love Ms. Ryan’s writing style and her characters. There’s always an aspect of hope, despite a hopeless situation. I know this was supposed to be a three-book series but I wouldn’t complain if there were another! Or two or three. I really enjoyed the entire series and I highly recommend all three.