Review: The Dark and Hollow Places

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Dead-Tossed Waves

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

First off I want to start by saying that this is the third book in The Forest of Hands and Teeth series. If you haven’t read the first two go read them! The first one is The Forest of Hands and Teeth and the second one is The Dead-Tossed Waves. The third one that I am going to talk about today is The Dark and Hollow Places. I want to take a moment to admire those amazing titles. I am a big title person and I love it when someone gives their books EPIC titles.

Very rarely do I read a book that makes me feel as if my heart has been viciously ripped from my chest and shredded into tiny little pieces like this book did. There are only two other books this year that have made me feel like that: Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys and Where She Went by Gayle Forman. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan will leave you withering in pain on the floor as you follow Annah. It’s a good kind of pain though; I think I should point that out.

Carrie Ryan’s amazing writing style puts directly into Annah’s mind and you see the entire story though her eyes. If you love zombie thrillers, with tons of action, and romance then this book is most definitely for you. However if you are interested in boring unimaginative books then I must say put down whatever books you’ve been reading and pick up a copy of The Forest of Hands and Teeth and prepare to have your mind blown!


I am not going to give anything away, you all will just have to read the book but this is what I took away from the book.

1) Love is worth fighting for. No matter what, even when you are scared, when you are threatened, it is worth it. Don’t be afraid of rejection because sometimes you won’t get rejected and it will all work out.
2) Don’t be afraid to live. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is set in a world where there are WAY more zombies than there are uninfected humans. Annah realizes that her life is so short and life in general is so fragile. What would you do if you knew you only had a few days to live? Would you hide away from the world or would you actually live?
3) How far would you go to save the ones around you that you love? How hard would you push yourself to be with the ones you loved? Would you push yourself past your edge?

I don’t often give these (at least I don’t think that I do) but this is definitely a five star book! Of the dozens of book I have read this year only four have been five star books. I can’t tell you enough how amazing this book is.

A note on my reaction; I CRIED at the end of this book. Yes, I cried. I have only ever cried at one movie and I NEVER cry at book, but seriously everyone there were tears in my eyes when I finished reading this book. THAT’S how amazing it is. I expect everyone to go buy a copy and then come back and tell me what you thought of it.


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