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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575094850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575094857
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The terrifying and heart-breaking new novel from bestselling author Carrie Ryan.

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Carrie Ryan lives in North Carolina with her partner. She trained to be a lawyer before becoming a full-time writer.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PD VINE VOICE on 15 April 2011
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I was desperate to read this last book in the trilogy. The books are called companion books, trying to give the impression that you can read them alone but I don't think that is the case. If you don't read Ryan's first two books about the zombie world it would be hard to understand the relationship between the characters and also the history of the current world that they live in.

I had to re-read The Dead Tossed Waves book before I began this new book just so I could remember who all the characters were and where they fitted into the story. This memory loss is inevitable when there is such a long gap between books.

So this book is told in the words of Annah, the twin sister of Gabrielle who has been living in the Dark City since she left the forest as a young child. The setting of the book is very bleak and dark and there is a menacing air of rape and violence throughout the story. I found Annah's story to be the most depressing of the three books, but this is understandable when you see how difficult her life has been.

The main plot of this book is the horde of zombies (or unconsecrated) entering the city. The characters have to try and escape and at many points the author has you wondering 'how will they survive this?'. Lots of action but also a lot of emotional relationship stuff. Catcher really makes this book for me, his and Annah's relationship adds the positive dimension to the book.

The book is thrilling and the ending is nail-bitingly good. I didn't give this book five stars because I felt that it would have been even better if we could have seen what was happening outside of the Dark City. For example what was happening in Vista? I would have liked to known what happened to our original heroine from the series Mary, who is briefly mentioned.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emma on 26 April 2011
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I loved how most of the loose ends were tied up; and I loved the way that it was told through Annah's eyes - that she thought Gabry lucky. And now that I understand almost all characters, I thought it would have been a little better to have a bit told by Catcher - who is practically Unconsecrated/Mudo etc.

I never thought of Gabry is irritating before - although Mary in book 1 certainly was.

It was amazing- and I wished it could have been longer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 May 2012
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As the third in a Carrie Ryan's "Forest of Hands and Teeth" series, this novel introduces us to Annah. Interestingly, Ryan claims these books can be read as standalone's and considers them "companions" to the first book in the series - I personally felt that in order to fully enjoy each story it's better to read them in order. Why? Well Annah from this third book is the twin sister of Gabry from the second book who is the daughter of Mary from the first book so it's hard to fully connect with the characters if you haven't read the others yet (although you would still be able to follow the general plot).

Remember Annah from the last book, is she just a copy of Gabry? No, Annah is very different to Gabry despite being her twin - Infact, despite loving Gabry in the last book, I think I liked Annah more. She's fiesty and comes across as an angry or bitter character; as we explore her story the reasons for this become clear. Annah is scarred and not just from the loss of her sister and her fake-brother Elias but also physically after a barbed wire accident; because of this Annah is resentful of Gabry and the relationship between the two of them is particularly interesting. Speaking of relationships, what about the love triangle between Gabry, Elias and Catcher? Well, with the introduction of Annah this becomes even more complicated because we are introduced to her inner thoughts about Elias, him leaving her and staying with her twin. But for me, the winner of this series as a whole has got to be Catcher. What a fantastic, intricate and well developed character. He describes himself as "broken" but Ryan very cleverly plays on this word and explores the broken pieces of all of the other characters to bring this into perspective.

But what about Mary?
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Books4reviews.)
This is the third book in the Forest of Hands and Teeth series.

Annah has been waiting for her `brother' Elias to return to the dark city for 3 years. He should have been back a year ago, and she's now giving up hope of him ever returning to her alive.
Annah makes the decision to leave the city, but on her way out sees someone who gives her hope - her twin sister Abigail who she lost in the forest when they were only 5. (Who the reader knows as `Gabry' from book 2).
Annah tries to find her sister but instead runs into Catcher (also from book 2) who is immune to the infection that kills everyone else and turns them into the walking dead.
Then the person who Annah wants to see more than any other turns up - Elias, the `brother' who she thought was dead.
But Annah worries that Elias is leading them into a trap; with hordes of undead descending on the city, Elias claims that the only way to stay safe is to turn Catcher over to the recruiters in return for shelter. But is the small community of recruiters really all that is left in the world? And can Annah really live with the barbaric things that are going on there?

This book was a real post-apocalyptic, depressing, scary, horror show, misery-fest. I can honestly say that a times I was angry, sad, and shocked by the goings on. I really felt for Annah who seemed to be having a real bad time of things, and things were only made worse for her when it seemed that the people who she loved most in the world might not have her best interests at heart.
The things that went on in the one main human safe house were terrible and sickening, and the story was really dark.
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