Review- The Dead-Tossed Waves


Title: The Dead-Tossed Waves
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publication Date: March 9, 2010
Source: Library

Given how much I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I was very eager to delve into these pages. At first I was little bit disappointed that the storyline was so far down the timeline, but after a few chapters in I was hooked. There were a few resemblances in the first and second books, the biggest similarity being the two boys for the protagonist, Gabry, to choose from, & the struggle to decide who gets her heart. The love story is heartbreaking and conflicting.

I’m torn between liking this book a whole lot and just liking it enough. Here’s why. It was interesting to give a similar situation to Mary’s (Main gal from the first book) daughter, Gabry, and let things unfold a bit differently. Gabry is definitely nothing like Mary. She was whiny and too unstable. I didn’t find the characters as likable this time around, but remained interested to see how Mary’s story tied in.

I will say I liked the story line even though it was so familiar. I do want to know what happens next! I wasn’t keen on her choices in love interests being so flip floppy. It seemed Gabry was in love with whomever was more conveniently available at the moment. Also I was a little freaked out because I thought one of her “love interests” was her brother up until the point where it was made clear that he absolutely wasn’t haha.
That all being said I would give this book a 3.5 star rating! I don’t think you necessarily would have to read the first book to grasp everything going on here, but I think maybe it did effect my rating score. Had I not read the first book, I may have given this one a 4 star rating, but I just felt the stories were too similar and there was no newness to venture out from the first story. As was Gabry the character’s personality so is my scoring hah very back and fourth..

Priscilla