Tuesday, April 12, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: The Dark and Hollow Places

Title: The Dark and Hollow Places

Author: Carrie Ryan

Publisher: Gollancz

RRP: $22.99

ISBN: 9780575094840

Release Date: April 2011

Pages: 384


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

THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH introduced us to Mary and took us into her world - a world where decades after The Return, mankind is hanging on to survival surrounded by the endless hordes of the undead; the Unconsecrated.

A novel of extraordinary power and imagination, FOREST took you to the centre of a terrible future and showed you that even there the hardest decisions are the decisions of the heart.

A companion novel, THE DEAD TOSSED WAVES, followed in Autumn 2010 and this novel will continue Ryan's superb story.

Perfect for readers looking for their next injection of supernatural thrills and dread, the series has already proved to be a word-of-mouth sensation, powered by extraordinary internet activity.


Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Carrie Ryan is a graduate of Williams College and Duke Law School. THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH is her first novel. A former litigator, she now writes full-time. She lives with her writer/lawyer boyfriend and two fat cats in Charlotte, North Carolina.


The Dark and Hollow Places is the third book in the zombie series by Carrie Ryan. For some unknown reason, I just haven’t got around to picking up a copy of The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead Tossed Waves yet. I’ve heard that the series is great, so I was looking forward to reading the third book and hoped that I would still understand the plot.

Who knew there were so many ways to write about getting attacked by zombies. Ryan’s book was utterly thrilling. This is a dark, dark book, but I applaud it for showing exactly how entertaining AND well-written a YA book can be. Ryan raises so many questions in her book that aren’t touched in many other zombie novels, such as; What would you do if you knew you only had a few days to live? What are you living for if the world was full of flesh hungry zombies? Do you get sick of fighting and running, always surviving just to survive, doing whatever it takes to survive?

Great book, going to have to pick up the first two books how.

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