The Dark and Hollow Places (Forest of Hands and Teeth Series #3)

The Dark and Hollow Places (Forest of Hands and Teeth Series #3)

by Carrie Ryan


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There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.  
Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.
But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385738606
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Series: Forest of Hands and Teeth Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 217,246
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

   CARRIE RYAN is the New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy that includes The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, The Dark and Hollow Places, and the original ebook Hare Moon. She has edited the short story anthology Foretold: 14 Stories of Prophecy and Prediction and contributed to many other story collections herself, including Zombies vs. Unicorns, Kiss Me Deadly, and Enthralled. Her work has been translated into over eighteen languages and her first novel is in production as a major motion picture. Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Carrie is a graduate of Williams College and Duke University School of Law. A former litigator, she now writes full time and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit her at

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This city used to be something once. I’ve seen pictures of the way it gleamed—sun so bright off windows it could burn your eyes. At night, lights shouted from steel like catcalls, loud and lewd, while all day long white-gloved men rushed to open doors for women who tottered about on skyscraper heels.
I wonder sometimes what happened to those women when the Return hit—how they were able to run and survive with such absurd contraptions strapped to their feet. How different the world must have been before—safe and comfortable.
The City’s nothing like that anymore. Now, bare beams scrape the sky like splintered finger bones. Half the high-rises have fallen, and scavengers pilfered the intricately scrolled ironwork long ago. There’s not much of anything left anymore, just the fear that seeps fog-like through the streets.
Fear of the Recruiters. Fear of the Unconsecrated. Fear of tomorrow.
Even so, this city’s been my home. Other than the village I lived in as a child, this is the only world I’ve known. It’s sharp-cornered and raw but it’s a refuge for those with a burn to survive. You pay your rents, you follow the rules and you do what it takes to keep living.
Which is why I find myself on the Neverlands side of the Palisade wall that cordons off and protects the Dark City as the last dregs of evening slide across the sky. This is the place where Elias would go when he was desperate for money, desperate to trade so we could pay our rent and stay in our tiny flat for another year. It’s the place where anything can be found for the right trade, and where, after the blade of my only knife broke this afternoon, I’ve come for help.
Clutching the replacement blade tightly, I’ve started to cross over one of the bridges strung between two buildings when I hear a deep rumbling cough. It’s approaching dusk and storm clouds hover over the river, causing the light to drip a dull green. I shuffle faster toward the next roof, determined to get back to my flat in the Dark City before full night, but as soon as my foot lands on the rickety bridge connecting the buildings a voice calls out, “Wouldn’t do that if I were you.”
I freeze, the frayed rope railing in one hand. I’ve been alone long enough to have learned to look out for myself, yet something about the warning makes me hesitate. Just as I start to take another step the voice says, “Look down,” and I do.
The alley a dozen stories below is dim and choked in shadows, but even so I see something moving. A moan floats up, echoing softly between the buildings as it rises. The sun breaks through a narrow gap in the clouds and the light reflects down the alley, glinting briefly off what looks like eyes and a row of cracked teeth.
As my gaze adjusts I can make out dozens of clawing fingers reaching for me amid a pile of broken bodies that should have died from their fall but didn’t. Or maybe they did die and infection’s brought them back as plague rats. I shiver, disgust rolling through me.
Carefully, I inch back onto the roof, noticing how the wooden boards I was just about to walk onto are rotten. One step more and I’d have been down on that heap as well.
“You’re the first one to listen to me and not take a dive,” the voice says, and I spin, pulling my new knife between us. A woman sits tucked between two crumbling stone chimneys. In her hand she clutches a charred wooden pipe that feebly chokes out smoke.
I glance around the roof, expecting some sort of trap. The woman gestures toward my knife. “Don’t bother,” she says. “Just me up here.”
She puts the pipe back in her mouth, the end of it burning a bright red, and in that instant I get a clear look at her face: thick dark lines painted around eyes smudged by tears or sweat or both. Then the ember fades, pulling her back into shadow.
But not before I see the raw circle around her wrist, festering with infection. The flesh edging the wound puffs and oozes, and I recognize it as a bite. I pull my knife back up between us, refusing to let it shake.
I’m usually pretty good at avoiding any confrontation with the Unconsecrated. No matter how careful you are, there’s always the risk that something will go wrong and they’ll get their teeth into you one way or another.
The woman shrugs and inhales. The light makes her skin glow again and I watch how her hand trembles. Cracks etch through the powder she used to make her old skin appear blushing and fresh—it looks like a fractured mirror instead.
I think of my own face, the scars overlaying the left side of my body like a thick spider web. Her cracks can be washed away. Mine can’t.
It’s easy to see that she’s close to the end—when the infection will kill her. I glance down again at the pile of bodies below, their feeble moans filtering into the night. She’ll be one of them soon. If she’s lucky someone will take care of her before she turns. If she isn’t…
I swallow.
With a sickening heaviness in my stomach I realize I’m the one who’s going to have to kill her. It makes me feel off balance and I take a few steps away from the edge of the building, suddenly unsettled by such height.
The last of the evening light slides down my body, a final brush of heat, before disappearing for what will be yet another night of forever. The woman’s eyes aren’t on my knife; instead they focus on my face.
She inhales but her chest barely moves. She considers me a moment, staring at my scars. “There are men who like ’em like you—messed up,” she says, nodding. Her gaze slips past me back down the island toward the ruins of the bigger buildings of the Dark City in the distance.
No they don’t, I think.
She exhales a wavering line of smoke. “But more ’n likely, they’re the ones that want to do the messing.” She pushes a thumb into the corner of her mouth, as if tidying up a lip stain that she’s no longer wearing, the gesture a habit of so many years that’s become useless.
I should say something. I should be comforting or consoling or helpful. This woman’s infected and she’s facing the final moments of her life and I realize how utterly useless I am faced with the enormity of what’s going on. Instead I clear my throat. How in the world would I know what could give this woman comfort?

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The Dark and Hollow Places: Forest of Hands and Teeth Series, Book 3 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 247 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
This is one heck of a series. If anything it just keeps better and better. This is a continuation from the second book in Annah's point of view. And I admit, it was one good POV. Annah is waiting. Waiting for Elias to come back to her. It's been year and he is still not there. She is determined to get back to her sister and begins looking for her. What Annah finds is not what she expected. Let me tell you that Ms. Ryan did a great job describing the emotions off Annah. If one thing I enjoy in a book is being able to feel the characters as if my own. I like to read the story and walk in their feet. I felt Annah hearts in my hand. Annah is a strong girl and knows her place. She believes herself to be ugly and keeps all the guilt and hurt inside. The reunion was...well mind blowing. Ms. Ryan did an excellent job describing and detailing everything. The hurt, the pain, the betrayal and most of the all, the jealousy. Even I was jealous at what I was reading! Ms. Ryan had a way of writing her characters to life. They felt so real, I felt them. Catcher is a guy who is also broken like Annah. I knew they had a instant connection it was just a matter of time of which would fall first. Catcher held Annah and gave her strength. They have both been hurt the same ways. They had a bond and shared the same pain. I am happy that they were able to confide in each other. Overall this book is just AMAZING! Simply amazing and beautiful. I can't even began to describe how much this book is a page turner. A magical page turner that will turn your life upside down.
SaraO More than 1 year ago
Annah and Catcher vs. Elias and Gabry. I didn¿t realize how shiny Elias and Gabry¿s relationship was so clean. How fresh they seemed in the world full of broken people. I also didn¿t realize how unique and idyllic life in Vista had been for Gabry and Catcher growing up. Just makes me think back to the night Gabry and Catcher jumped the fence. At the time you knew it wasn¿t smart¿but the further away from that night we get¿the more of this world we see¿the more your heart aches, as a reader, for what those teens left behind that night. For what they unleashed in their community; a place that was peaceful before they opened Pandora¿s box. I was happy that in this installment Elias and Gabry¿s relationship was strong. Obviously they¿re being trailed by their past relationships. And those past relationships are very broken people. Annah has spent her life wounded and left behind¿as evidenced physically by her scars. Catcher is living in the inbetween; not yet unconsecrated and yet too scared of his infection to fully live. Ryan toes the line with this set of four. Elias and Gabry could have induced bitterness in both the reader and in Annah and Catcher with their display of happiness. In The Dark and Hollow Places we¿ve very much left behind Gabry and Elias¿s issues¿so they seem pretty perfect in comparison to Catcher and Annah. But, luckily, Catcher and Annah are aware they¿re broken. They know they need to fix something in themselves¿and they know that they share a bond. Catcher and Annah can help each other grow and fully live life. *Sigh* I loved watching them fall in love. This book has yet another zombie surge. Another city falls. Instead of feeling redundant I felt as though it seemed appropriate for the trajectory of society. That¿s honestly my favorite thing about these novels. Ryan set her world on a path of apocalyptic nature and she never deviated. Instead she gave her characters strength and hope for the future¿against catastrophic odds. I thought I would be content to see the end of this series happen with Catcher and Annah¿I¿m not! lol. I¿d love to see them survive on the ship¿find other pockets of people in this world¿watch the world finally end or sprout seeds for a new, stronger generation of humans. I loved that these were zombie books without being zombie books. And the way you fleshed out the post-apocalyptic world was beautiful. It was scary, and logical, and wonderfully effective. It¿s a world I don¿t want to see end¿
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved all three books, but this one has to be my favorit. However, this book is a cliffhanger. I have heard this one is the last book and i really hope that not true. This book is great and even with the spoiler about the end i hope you will read this book. It will be great. Plus if anyone hears anything about the fouth book post it somewhere
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend picked up the forest of hands and teeth and told me it was the best zombie apocalypse novel ever. I agreed. What i like most about this series is how every relationship is intertwined....its amazing... I thought it was interesting when a cheerleader (out of everybody i know) picked this book up and read it. Read. Its awesome. You HAVE to start with the first book first to understand everything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Out of all the books in the series i liked this one the best. The forest of hands and teeth was kinda annoying with marys fixation on the ocean and the deadtossed waves was a little funky with the elias thing but this was the most beautiful. Even if you dont read the others i think you should read this one
tipsister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Dark and Hollow Places is the third book in a trilogy by Carrie Ryan. The first book is The Forest of Hands and Teeth. It¿s a fantastic book and I highly recommend it. The sequel, The Dead Tossed Waves, did not disappoint either and I¿ve been anxiously awaiting the third book. It was worth the wait.The Dark and Hollow Places takes place pretty soon after the end of The Dead Tossed Waves. The narrator is Annah, Gabry¿s twin sister. Annah is living in the Dark City by herself, waiting for Elias to return. While trying to leave the Dark City to make her way back to the forest, in the hopes of finding her sister again, she sees Abigail (now Gabry) passing the other direction. Annah fights her way back to the city and meets Catcher as well as eventually reuniting with both Elias and Gabry. The four have to find a way to escape what is left of the Dark City while avoiding both the recruiters and the unconsecrated. A good deal of the first two books involve characters trying to make their way through the forest. I kind of missed that in this book but subway tunnels took the place of the forest paths. Like the two previous novels, the story moves along at a fast pace and it¿s easy to get caught up and sucked in. I love Ms. Ryan¿s writing style and her characters. There¿s always an aspect of hope, despite a hopeless situation. I know this was supposed to be a three-book series but I wouldn¿t complain if there were another! Or two or three. I really enjoyed the entire series and I highly recommend all three.
IceyBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As soon as I finished The Dead Tossed Waves, I craved for The Dark and Hollow Places. So as soon as it showed up on my doorstep, I dove right into it. I absolutely love Carrie Ryan's writing style. It evokes the deepest of emotions and conjures the clearest of images. There are very few books in which I can feel and see so much. I have to say, though Carrie Ryan's books are unbelievable in every sense, I feel like her upcoming one didn't live up to the standards of Ryan's first two books. So why didn't I like this book as much? The Forest of Hands and Teeth was narrated by Mary, The Dead Tossed Waves by Gabry (Mary's daughter), and The Dark and Hollow Places was narrated by Annah (Gabry's twin sister). For some reason, I just couldn't find myself connecting with Annah as much as I wanted to, and I didn't like the way she viewed her twin sister, especially because Annah's twin is the one who narrated the previous book. Annah pretty much hates herself. She thinks of herself as ugly and worth nothing, where as Gabry is perfect. If you've read The Dead Tossed Waves, you'll know that Gabry is far from perfect and that she's been through more than Annah can even imagine. So is the book worth it? Are you kidding me? This book is worth every single breath of air. You just have to pick it up. Pain, happiness, sorrow, and hardship, in a world where the human race is burning out - The Dark and Hollow Places is definitely stunning. -Would I recommend this to anyone? Probably ages 14 and up
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series just keeps amazing me! When I read The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I was shocked by the completely different and terrifying world Carrie Ryan had created. Now I am shocked by how much each new addition exceeds the previous one. The Dark and Hollow Places takes place in the same generation as The Dead Tossed Waves, except instead of being from Gabry's point of view, it is from the point of view of her twin sister, Annah. Since Elias, whom she's been living with in the Dark City, left for the recruiters three years ago, Annah has been used to taking care of herself and trusting no one. That is until Catcher; good-looking, mysterious and reserved, shows up looking for her. He claims that Elias sent him to find her, but at this point she doesn't know what to believe. As the hoard, a massive group of unconsecrated, threaten to overtake the city, Annah finds herself running for her life once again and fighting through the dark and hollow places within herself. I loved this book! I don't know if love is quite the word though... It tore my heart out and had me looking for shadows behind me. Each page had me on end and I couldn't even guess what was coming next. And, whew! It was dark. Simply said, this one the best book in the series so far (am not sure if there is going to be more). If you've read the first two, you should definitely go out and buy this one- you will be speechless. If you haven't read the series, I honestly don't know what you're waiting for- this series is incredible. At this point, I honestly don't know what else to say. Except go get it! I do not have a single complaint or anything negative at all to say. This book is one of the few that has made my list of absolute favorites (and that is saying something!)
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the third and final installment in her Forest of Hands and Teeth series, Carrie Ryan, introduces you to Annah. Annah has been living on her own in the Dark City since Elias left to join the protectorate. With scars that mar her face and body, Annah is more of a recluse. She uses her street smarts - bowing her head, not making eye contact and blending into the shadows as a weapon. Without any friends or family she has used these skills as a way to survive the dangers of the Dark City. Waiting for Elias, her life has become as lifeless as that of the Unconsecrated but then she meets Catcher. Catcher who brings with him memories of a past that she has longed to forget.Out of the three leading ladies you will find in this series, Annah was hands down my favorite. She wasn't a whiner like Mary, and Gabry annoyed me with all her boy drama... but Annah was phenomenal. She was tough as nails, brave, strong and courageous. Her will to live was a breath of fresh air. Even though she's scarred, feels alone and even broken at times - she still was not willing to give up. Out of the three books I believe this was the darkest one. Their struggle for survival was the most intense. I went through a slew of emotions from sadness, hopelessness, and even found myself choked up more than once. I can't even imagine a life this bleak where the unconsecrated are a threat but humans can be just as dangerous. Yet through it all I found myself hopeful. I found myself waiting for and really savoring the moments that weren't as dark... moments of light. Especially when those moments dealt with Annah and Catcher's relationship. The fact that they are both so broken and flawed really makes you hope that they can find a way to make it work in a world infested by the living dead. Originally, I was worried that I wouldn't like this final installment since I was so focused on Gabry and Elias's story (The Dead-Tossed Waves) but I think Ms. Ryan did a wonderful job in connecting everything together. Overall this book was incredible. The whole series is amazing. Full of tension, suspense, nail-biting action and Unconsecrated... lots and lots of Unconsecrated. I can't recommend it enough!
ChemChick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though I found this to be a satisfying end to The Forest of Hands and Teeth series, I didn't find it a satisfying book on its own. There's no build-up or development of Annah's relationship with Catcher, which makes it less believable, and Gabry doesn't seem to be the same character as she was in The Dead-Tossed Waves. The book was a page-turner, though, and the resolution leaves me wishing Ryan would write just one more.
cindyXIII on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book in the trilogy. The characters were VERY likeable and the author did a good job at describing the Dark City and at showing the emotions of the characters. It reminded a little bit of The Hunger Games trilogy, especially the ending.Overall, this is a good series. I would recommend it to people who like YA books.
Icecream18 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this first two books,this last one was no exception. The main character, Annah, was terrific with all of her sharp edges and a warm interior. I could really relate to and love Annah, she was warm, caring, and intelligent throughout the book. I liked how the author paralleled Annah with Catcher, her love interest. He seemed to be in the book to showcase Annah's great qualities, those same qualities made her a very memorable character. The concept of a future world filled with "Mudo" or zombies, is oddly intriguing. I loved how the author integrated the scenes with Annah and her newfound sister with the horror scenes where the reader bites his/her nails, waiting to see if Annah would make it out alive. The ending of this novel was both satisfying and frustrating. I really wanted this series to tell me how the characters' lives played out, but I was also glad that both Annah and Abigails aka Gabry's lives play out well. The author is terrific with descriptive, intricate scenes and the interweaving of strong characters playing off each other. I finished this book in less than two days and am ecstatic that I received a copy so quickly.
BookishBrunette on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In The Forest of Hands and Teeth we follow Mary and her friends as they escape their village after the fence keeping the Unconsecrated (zombies) out falls. In Dead Tossed Waves, Mary's 'daughter' Gabry, also has to fight her way through the Forest in search of the family she lost... and never knew she had.The end of Dead Tossed Waves leaves off with Gabry and Catcher making their way to the Dark City to find Annah- Gabry's long lost twin sister. This is where The Dark and Hollow Places begins...Carrie Ryan wastes NO TIME dragging us into the dark desperation that has become everyday life since the Return (when the dead started rising instead of staying dead). Annah, having spent three years alone since Elias left her to join the Recruiters, has decided to leave the Dark City and return 'home' to her village inside the Forest of Hands and Teeth.Annah is crossing the bridge that will take her out of the Dark City, when she SEES Gabry for the first time since they were children... when she and Elias had left Gabry alone, crying and bleeding in the middle of the Forest. Annah tried to get to her sister, but she's on the bridge going the opposite direction... taking her INTO the Dark City.Annah learned long ago not to draw the attention of the Recruiters, but she tries to reach her anyway. She fails... She is attacked by the Unconsecrated, by the Recruiters, by men who are evil by nature and then she meets Catcher.I have to say... I LOVED this book. I read it in the span of a day, and while I wasn't a HUGE fan of the first two Forest of Hands and Teeth books- I could NOT put The Dark and Hollow Places down! Carrie Ryan's writing is hard to rival- period. catcher and Annah will remain one of my favorite couples in YA fiction forever! This is an unbelievably fabulous read, and an AWESOME end to the series!
jonilee73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow. Who would have thought a lover of contemporary fiction would fall in love with a post apocalyptic trilogy of books so much? I preordered this book. Which is big. I NEVER preorder books. I never pay for than $10 bucks for a book. Even Sarah Dessen books, and she is my favorite author in the entire world. And yet, I won a $50 dollar amazon gift card and I preordered this book without a second thought. That is how much I wanted to read it. And man, did it live up to expectations.I don't know what it is about this trilogy but it's so believable. And in reading this book in particular, it made me take a look around the city where I live and wonder how well my area would fare when and if The Return were to hit. It's a scary thought.In this book, the final in the series *tear*, Annah has been living in The Dark City for three years waiting for Elias to return. She lives her days just hoping for survival until she meets a boy named Catcher. Catcher makes her feel things she has not felt since the morning Elias left. But Annah is scarred by her past and she does not trust easily. When The Horde hits the city and there is no where to run but to the recruiters, who are known for their sadistic nature, will Annah be able to continue her path of survival?I hated closing this book. I hated putting it down. I regretted getting to the last page. I wanted it to last forever. I want to keep these characters with me. I would gladly read a fourth book, although I know there will not be one. I secretly hope for one. I am not ready to let go of this series yet. Even if you are not a fan of zombies and post apocalyptic books, READ THIS TRILOGY. Give it a chance! You will love it!
cablesclasses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This trilogy has not been my cup of tea, but I was so captivated by the characters that I overcame my fear and finished all three books! I loved the character development among the three books. I thought that I could predict what would happen in this book, but to my surprise, I was happily reading the unimagined. Glad to know that hope still exists no matter the time and love begets sacrifice that strengthens those around you.I would suggest reading Dead Tossed Waves prior to this read; it will cement the plot line much better.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I took a few days after finishing The Dark and Hollow Places to collect my thoughts before writing this review, because I'm conflicted about it. I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and while I wasn't a huge fan of The Dead-Tossed Waves, I still had faith in Carrie Ryan and the world she's created in these books - because there is so much that is fantastic about it.I think, though, that the problem is there is so much focus on love, falling in love and desperate emotions that it makes the actual terror take a back seat. Yes, it's still there and prominent, but as a reader, I was so caught up in who loves who and how they are going to be together that it was easy to discount.It wasn't that way in The Forest of Hands and Teeth - there was actual DEATH in that book to a main character, there was heartbreak, there were circumstances that molded Mary into a strong woman who pursued what she dreamed of. Between Gabry (who plays a secondary part in The Dark and Hollow Places) and Annah, I did not find much of that strength at all.I appreciate the message that Carrie Ryan was trying to impart, beauty is not just skin deep, and the emotional issues that can result due to guilt and betrayal, but it just didn't work for me the way the first book did. That is disappointing - because I had such incredibly high hopes. I just felt that this and the previous book went a little too far off the probability (well, as probable as a zombie book could be) with immunity, hot air balloons and several "near-death" circumstances.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one heck of a series. If anything it just keeps better and better. This is a continuation from the second book in Annah's point of view. And I admit, it was one good POV. Annah is waiting. Waiting for Elias to come back to her. It's been year and he is still not there. She is determined to get back to her sister and begins looking for her. What Annah finds is not what she expected.Let me tell you that Ms. Ryan did a great job describing the emotions off Annah. If one thing I enjoy in a book is being able to feel the characters as if my own. I like to read the story and walk in their feet. I felt Annah hearts in my hand. Annah is a strong girl and knows her place. She believes herself to be ugly and keeps all the guilt and hurt inside.The reunion was...well mind blowing. Ms. Ryan did an excellent job describing and detailing everything. The hurt, the pain, the betrayal and most of the all, the jealousy. Even I was jealous at what I was reading! Ms. Ryan had a way of writing her characters to life. They felt so real, I felt them.Catcher is a guy who is also broken like Annah. I knew they had a instant connection it was just a matter of time of which would fall first. Catcher held Annah and gave her strength. They have both been hurt the same ways. They had a bond and shared the same pain. I am happy that they were able to confide in each other.Overall this book is just AMAZING! Simply amazing and beautiful. I can't even began to describe how much this book is a page turner. A magical page turner that will turn your life upside down.
usagijihen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Picking up right where we left off at the end of "The Dead-Tossed Waves", "The Dark and Hollow Places" ups the pace of the story, making us feel just as desperate as the rest of the main characters thus far.This last third book in the trilogy (though I really, really hope there are others!) unites all of the characters we've met since the first book together in a frenetic union of panic and love, lust and hurt. Annah's love of her sister combined with the hate that springs forth once she learns how Abagail/Gabry grew up is a tasty treat, sweet and sour, to be enjoyed slowly as it simmers to a head near the middle of the book. Just as the first book was Mary's story and the second was Gabry's, make no mistake that this last story in the trilogy belongs to Annah and Ryan never lets us forget that. We're deeply immersed in Annah and her psyche the entire time, and how she fights with herself on whether she loves or hates her sister, Catcher, and Elias.Between this and the panic spurred on by the actions of Catcher, Elias, and Gabry at the end of the previous book, it feels like you're on a marathon - heart pounding, lactic acid in your legs the entire time. And it burns - teenage love in the middle of a world that's ending. But it burns so, so good. Ryan has only honed and perfected her craft of agonized teenage affection throughout all three books, which is really well represented in this last story. And then there's the generational aspect as well; Mary's story was the first story, somewhere around 20 years previous to the second book. By the end of this third book, you get the feeling that things have come full circle, that there is hope, another generation to be born, and even though they may have to fight for their lives, they WILL live.That, ultimately, I think is Ryan's message: if there's life there's hope, and if there's hope, there's love. And that's what makes us different from the dead, just as Annah says in the book - the fact that we're aware and fight for these emotions makes us alive, makes us fallible, but makes us human. This is the line that separates us from the dead.I really hope there are more books in the world of "Hands and Teeth" - "Hare Moon", a novella just released online (which I haven't had a chance to read yet), apparently also takes place in the same universe. But I'd like a prequel, maybe something to answer what happened to cause the Return, or a sequel/separate trilogy of what happened after this last book. I won't take no for an answer.This one's in my top five for 2011 so far, and the year's not even over yet. Simply gorgeous.(crossposted to librarything, goodreads, and
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: Next and (last?) book in the series.This series has always been referred to as a trilogy and still is on the back flap of this book, so I'm assuming this is the last book in the series. I say this as it has one of those endings that doesn't quite satisfy, that could leave room for a sequel. But if this is indeed the final book, then I'm still mulling over whether I actually like how the book ends.Otherwise, this was a terrific book that brings back all former major characters, except one who is spoken of often so we know where they are in the story and introduces one (sort of) new character. The story is a page-turner from beginning to end; was a book I couldn't put down and I loved the characters, though I found my opinion of them had changed from the previous book. A favourite character from before became less liked and was replaced by someone else as the plot progressed and the characters responses brought them either closer or further from my heart. The year wait between books does fade my memory a bit but I remembered everyone and what was going on pretty quickly as the story progressed. This story is very violent, certainly not for the squeamish. Of course, there is lots of zombie violence but humans are maimed and killed as well. Reader beware. I love the direction the story went. It is a bit over the top in believability but hey, so are zombies! The plot is dark and this is a story with not many bright spots. There are glimmers of hope that keep the characters from giving up and ultimately reaching the climax but the book ends on an unknown note, with only visions of what the future will hold. The ending may bother some readers who like there books to tell them how everything is all neatly wrapped up at the end. Myself, I'm still not quite sure about it. I still see another book in what comes next. But this is the third book of a trilogy, so I'll ponder their fates until I see what Carrie Ryan has for us with her next book. Love the series. Makes for great zombie reading!
Jaie22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thank God for eBooks, which allowed me to read this immediately after I finished the second in the series without a physical trip to the bookstore.
Suzanne520 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I finished this book a couple of hours ago, I marked my rating as four stars, but decided to let my review swim around in my head before actually trying to process it. As you can see, after a couple of hours of reflection, I changed my mind, and gave this book the extra star, which it deserves. This book continues in Carrie Ryan's hauntingly chilling writing style. Her characters are so real that I honestly breathe with them, fear with them, bleed with them. As terrifying as the Zombies are in this book I found I was infinitely more terrified by how accurately Carrie Ryan paints human nature. Human nature can be so dark and twisted, and sometimes, it's easy to ignore, especially if you are not affected by how sinister it can be. Carrie Ryan so accurately portrays that while their may be mindless monsters out there, none will ever be as terrifying a twisted human with a clear mind. When you read this book, you will understand exactly what I mean.I love Annah. Her and Catcher's romance was...indescribable in its perfection. Catcher and Annah were just so amazing together. They were both the lost and beaten puppy dogs that slowly learn to trust and find happiness again. It was crushingly beautiful. I wish there would not have been a bit of a love triangle in this story, because of all the relationships through the books, I felt this one was so solid and wonderful on its own.Now, you are wondering why, if I loved everything about this book so much, I almost gave it four stars. It¿s because I¿m greedy. I loved this story and this world Carrie Ryan created so much, I didn¿t want it to end without satiating me. I wanted more answers, and more story. I still do, but I can respect this story for the powerhouse it was. Regardless of my wanting more, it doesn¿t take away from how amazing Carrie Ryan is as an author. She has an incredible talent for making my heart break repeatedly, of making that same heart race constantly, even for making it stop. I therefore can¿t in good conscious say this book was any less than amazing. By the way, if a fourth book should just so happen to come out featuring the six main characters I have come to love so much through out this series¿¿well, I most certainly would be willing to jump through hoops to read it. Hint hint!!!
jenreidreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easily the darkest installment of the series, but possibly the best. You know more about the world (unlike the first), and the characters are better and more believable (unlike the second). The biggest problem I had with this novel *****possible spoilers***** is that no one is trying to solve the zombie problem with science. Catcher has immunity, so he's used to gather supplies. Why not study the disease and try to stop it?? Maybe Ryan is saving that for another book. Otherwise, the action and suspense are great. Zombies are scary.
booktwirps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Carrie Ryan¿s The Dark & Hollow Places, the final installment of The Forest of Hands & Teeth trilogy, we meet Annah. Annah lives alone in The Dark City, doing her best to stay alive as she waits for the return of her ¿brother¿, Elias. When the book begins, the Protectorate has fallen and the Recruiters have taken over the city. Once considered the heroes, the Recruiters are now ruling with an iron fist (and that is an understatement). In the first few pages, Annah comes across an old woman on a rooftop. As she speaks with the woman, she realizes the woman has been bitten by one of the walking dead and will soon become one of them. Before she turns, the woman asks Annah, ¿Ever wonder what you¿d do if you knew you were going to die?¿ This simple question sets the tone, and theme for the rest of the book.Soon after, Annah decides to leave the city. As she is leaving, she catches a glimpse of her sister, Abigail (Gabry from book two) walking across the other bridge going into the city. Unable to get to her, Annah witnesses a scene between Gabry and the Recruiters as they argue over letting Catcher in since their dogs have smelled the infection on him. Annah finds herself back in the city, and meets up with Catcher who realizes she is Gabry¿s long lost sister. Together they search for Gabry in the city, and soon find themselves fighting against a huge horde of Unconsecrated. This will definitely be the fight of their lives.I loved this book just as much as the other two. Though it seemed more contained (by contained I mean it didn¿t span miles and miles of travel like the other two books), it was equally as thrilling. I was seriously panicking as I read the last few chapters. One of Ryan¿s greatest strengths is her ability to create incredible tension. I felt this was the perfect finale to a wonderful series. I loved the way each book was told from a different perspective, yet every main character in every book was somehow tied to the previous character. It kep the series cohesive, while giving the reader a fresh voice with each book. My only complaint is that the series is over.
DrApple on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Dark and Hollow Places is an action/adventure/dystopian/love story that offers something for almost any reader. Carrie Ryan¿s third book in the Forest of Hands and Teeth series focuses on Annah, living in the Dark City. Annah has survived on her own for several years since her friend Elias left her to join the Recruiters. She has managed to get by scavenging for food and supplies while avoiding the Unconsecrated (zombies). Annah¿s self-doubt and emotional turmoil over love will appeal to many readers. As with the previous books, this one is action-packed and fast paced. This book ties strongly to the second book, The Dead Tossed Waves, which was closely tied to the initial volume. However, readers who have not read the first two will not be confused about characters or their pasts. This book is strongly recommended for secondary readers who don¿t mind a bit of gore or a touch of mushiness.