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The Dead-Tossed Waves
by Carrie Ryan
Delacoute Press, 2010.
407 pages

The second novel in the expected trilogy By Carrie Ryan is much darker than The 
Forest of Hands and Teeth.
It's darker, bloodier, and scarier.

Gabry has always heard stories--stay away from the forest. Don't go beyond the 
barrier wall, but one night, Gabry dares break the rules and goes over the wall 
with Catcher, a boy she's infatuated with. Others go with them to the old amusement 
park. It's not long before the Unconsecrated (Infected Mudo) scent them and want to 

Gabry is able to get away, but the others are not so lucky. She sees Catcher bitten 
and knows he only has days, or hours, to live. Gabry meets Elias who knows far more 
than anyone else about the Unconsecrated and the Mudo.

A cult group of nomads called the Soulers demand blood sacrifices, and the story 
gets murkier and even more twisted. This new world, post-plague, dreamed up by Ryan 
is a dangerous one. One that some readers may not enjoy. If readers can get through 
some of the bloodier passages, the book does offer some hope at the end.
Recommended for those readers who like edgy novels. Some sci-fi fans will probably 
enjoy this novel. NOT recommended for readers under grade 8.
Violence and gore. Grades 8-high school.

Just posted to my blog at

Pamela Thompson, MLIS
Library Media Specialist
Col. John O. Ensor Middle School
13600 Ryderwood
El Paso, TX

visit my YA novel blog at

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog is too dark to 
read." --Groucho Marx

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