Carrie Ryan: Bringing the Undead to Life

I am so excited! Tomorrow Carrie Ryan, author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and The Dark and Hollow Places, will be in Ohio! I will be trekking down to Cincinnati to hear her talk about her books (I hope she talks about her next project now that her zombie trilogy is complete). That’s right, zombies. I think that the living dead are much cooler and creepier than werewolves (so not the “new vampires”), and as my love affair with vampires wanes I know I can count on the Unconsecrated to satisfy my paranormal reading needs. I CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on the newest one. I WILL abandon whatever I am in the middle of once I have The Dark and Hollow Places. I wonder if I can teach the dog to drive tonight so I can read all the way home from Cincinnati? *sigh* But I digress into mild insanity here…Back to reality. Here is what you are missing:

The Forest of Hands and Teeth 2009

The people in Mary’s small, isolated village believe they are the only remaining humans to have survived a devastating virus. After the Return of the Unconsecrated (zombies!), the gated-off village in the middle of the Forest of Hands and Teeth is surrounded by the hungry and deadly undead. When the undead finally manage to break through the fence, Mary and the survivors must decide whether to stay and fight or flee in search of other humans.

Don’t let the pretty cover fool you-this book is dark and gruesome and the author does not spare readers descriptions. The Unconsecrated sent shivers down my spine.

The Dead-Tossed Waves 2010

This companion to The Forest of Hands and Teeth tells the story of another girl, Gabry. Gabry has lived her entire life in the safety of the sea town of Vista. The living dead are still a threat, but there has not been much threat from the Mudo in a long time. That changes when a group of teenagers decide to jump the protective barrier and there is an attack. Now all of her friends are dead, imprisoned, or missing. Gabry cannot live with the guilt of running away, but to save herself and her friends she must overcome her fears and learn to trust a stranger.

This second book in the trilogy features a new setting, new characters, and even a new name for the undead. The pacing of this book is even more breath-taking than the first and the unpredictable twists and turns will leave readers unable to put the book down! The shocking end sets the stage for the final book. 


The Dark and Hollow Places 2011

Truth be told, I don’t really know much about this one. I know it picks up where the second one ends, but I have not sought out any more information. I want to be surprised. Have I mentioned that I can’t wait! I’ll let you know next week how great this is.

Happy Reading!


One response to “Carrie Ryan: Bringing the Undead to Life

  1. I enjoyed both these books – The Forest of Hands and Teeth the most – and am excited for The Dark and Hollow Places!

    So cool you got to meet her!

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