The Dark and Hollow Places (Review)

Book cover for "The Dark and Hollow Places" by Carrie Ryan.Title: The Dark and Hollow Places

Author: Carrie Ryan

Publication Year: 2011

Pages: 384

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister’s face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed 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 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?

(This is the third and final book in the Forest of Hands and Teeth series, after The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves.)

I really loved this book as a conclusion to the series. Instead of getting almost all-new characters again, there’s a mix of “old” (known) and “new” (previously unseen) characters in The Dark and Hollow Places. I liked getting to see the personalities of Gabry, Catcher, and Elias get fleshed out, while at the same time getting to know a new character as complex and interesting as Annah.

Everything kind of comes to a head in this book, and Ryan does a great job of tying everything together. She really pushes the story in an interesting way both in terms of the zombie plague storyline and in terms of the relationships between the young characters.

The Dark and Hollow Places was a wonderful book that finished off a fantastic series. I can’t say enough good things about this novel … you’ll just have to read it for yourself and find out.


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