The Dead-tossed Waves

The Dead-tossed Waves

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Gabry lives a quiet life in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, hemmed in by the dead who hunger for the living, but her mother Mary's secrets, a cult of religious zealots who worship the dead, and a stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry threaten to destroy her world.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780375895425
0375895426
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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SCL_Justin Jul 18, 2017

When I read Carrie Ryan’s YA novel, The Forest of Hands and Teeth I enjoyed it, partially because of how the zombie story and the escape and the doomed teen romance all worked together. The Dead-Tossed Waves is the sequel (and second book in the series), and I didn’t like it as much. It is entirely possible I am getting zombie-fatigue.

Gabry, the hero of this story is the daughter of the hero from The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I quite liked that there was this generational split and that the reader could see Gabry’s mom with different information than Gabry herself had. The big arc for Gabry is how she goes from a desire for safety and security and following the rules to escape and challenge and doing things she didn’t think possible. I’m glad it got where it was going because I couldn’t stand Gabry’s whininess in the first part of the book.

There’s a forbidden love triangle between Gabry, and two boys: Catcher and Elias. Catcher’s been bitten by a zombie (directly after their first kiss – talk about punishing transgression) which makes romance there difficult. Elias is looking for his sister and is so capable but keeps too many secrets (for no real reason other than the plot demands it).

I was also disappointed that there was so little nautical adventure, considering the title. There were tantalizing mentions of pirates but none actually appeared in a book named for the sea. Maybe they’ll be in the third. The end is set up for a direct sequel, not a next generation kind of thing.

It’s not a bad book. There’s a good clever puzzle Gabry solves using Shakespeare to find their way through the gates in the forest, which I quite liked. It pushes a little hard on the doomed romance angle for my tastes; it feels more like the Edward/Jacob setup than a Peeta/Gale situation, but that’s probably because Gabry feels much more like a Bella than a Katniss, at least early on in the book.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 03, 2017

So continuing from Mary's story, the world hasn't changed much. But the center/protagonist is someone new: Gabry. But honestly, in comparison with the other two protagonists, I liked Annah more. Gabry was almost a bit artificial and catty on the ends. Just a little. The drama in relationships was a bit unnecessary at times when the plot didn't seem to flow with it. I guess it all worked out in the end in a way that I enjoyed, but not nearly as much as I would have liked. The concepts behind it were easy enough to grasp, although I would advise that the zombie action and violence gets particularly heavy at moments. The Unconsecrated are just not my favourite parts of the story, sorry! 3/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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nidofito
Aug 24, 2016

In terms of writing, the emotions are still intense, and repeatedly listed off. The protag is still borderline useless and hysterical. It's still a little tough to get through all the angst and drama, but unlike the previous book, the pay off isn't there. They don't even reach their destination which was a disappointment.

Gabrielle an her story is just not as fun as Mary's. And unfortunately, I don't think I'll be completing the series.

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Maiya_Schmidt
Nov 13, 2015

Not as great as the Forest of Hands and Teeth at all. I don't even know where to start with all the things I hate about this book. So here's a list: 1. Gabry is stupid. 2. Gabry is weak and that's understandable but she doesn't get any stronger.3. Gabry doesn't think about how it's like to be in someone else's shoes. 4. Gabry is selfish. 5.Gabry is slow minded. 6. Gabry is self centered. 7. Gabry often thinks about ''what if'' instead of getting over it, even though its awful. 8. Gabry depends on everyone else to save her. 9. Gabry jumps to conclusions too fast. 10. Above all Gabry sucks and is disappointing. I couldn't read any part of the book without making mental corrections (OMG Gabry your so @#*&ing stupid STUPID) on how much better it could've been. I got too annoyed to finish the book even though I was halfway through.

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GhostWriter221b
Nov 19, 2014

Not as intriguing as the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but pretty dang close. I would honestly recommend abandoning the third book though; definitely not worth it. I'll sum it up for you: Carrie Ryan creates a twin sister (dull because she is a dead psychological copy of Gabry, nothing to differentiate them at all besides a simply uncreative scarring) so the two protagonist males can each have a girlfriend. Feminists will cry and protest. In my opinion, Ryan should have kept with Mary's story instead of her adopted daughter's. Harsh, but the truth and nothing but the truth.

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danomcd
Nov 21, 2013

I actually liked this sequel a lot more then the forest of hands and teeth. The story is more complex and digs deeper into some of the new structures of society. I also find the author has a great style for using words to create an interesting mental image (e.g. "the words swirled around my mouth").

The one thing I can not figure out between this book and its predecessor is why she uses such weak heroine. I understand the need for character development BUT do they really need to start out as such wet paper bags of crying fear?

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MisterKisses
Sep 10, 2013

I love this book soooooooo much it is so... diffrent!! ;0

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

This is a tough one for me. I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and stayed up all night reading it last year. I thought Carrie Ryan's sequel, which centers around Mary's daughter, Gabry, would be just as good. And there's nothing wrong with the writing or the story, but, I was disappointed in the main character, and in the world-building (which answered questions established in The Forest of Hands and Teeth that I didn't want answered).

Primarily, the main character's drives and motivations bothered me. Gabry is a relatable heroine in that she's always struggling with her fear, and relying on other people to save her. It's a good start if you're going to grow the character into a more self-reliant, inner-strength kind of person. And granted, for that transition to be believable, it has to be measured and develop naturally, not overnight.

My big beef with Gabry is that she doesn't think about anything- she's entirely reactionary, and quite self-centered. She'll have guilt trips, understandable or not, and state that she finally understands something...and then her next actions are completely at odds with that. She doesn't step outside herself to consider others, even (and especially) in passages where she has all day or night to think. In short, she's really immature...and I kept waiting for her to grow up, but she never really did.

This is in stark contrast to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, where Mary is self-centered but the consequence of her actions cause her to mature throughout the story (and way more crap hit the fan for Mary than for Gabry, in the books). Maybe I'm harsher on a sequel, because I've developed high expectations from the first book, but The Dead-Tossed Waves was disappointing for me.

I recommend this book for fans of Carrie Ryan, zombie apocalypse lovers, and anyone looking for a YA heroine who is more emotion-based than logic-based. It's not a bad novel, and may be worth a read, I'm just a little bitter because I expected better.

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bmyers015
Sep 18, 2012

I enjoyed this book much more than the first. Gabry seemed much more "real" and I was able to relate to her in a way I couldn't relate to Mary in The Forest of Hands and Teeth. This book really grabbed my attention toward the end and didn't let go until the end of the third book. Highly recommend this series.

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saoirsegorman
Nov 22, 2011

love the book i like the 1st one better!, great book if u like death, and its sure a page truner !!! but i wasnt sure cuz there are 3 books that i know of and it has not goten bad so thats good, its sometimes hard to readiy, its sad but every one has something to say, i like how every book has a girl who loves a boy, im im heart broken when he died in book 1, if you like this book you will love lockdown plz read it, its sure a page truner for me i just cant stop reading it lol i was up till 12:00am my time last night reading it, stuff happends right when u open the book, its great, but i cant say unuff about the forest of hand and teeth

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