Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.6 × 6.12 × 1.29 in
Published: March 22, 2011
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385738595
ISBN - 13: 9780385738590
About the Book
Annah knows she has a twin sister, but she forgot her long ago.
Back when they went to play in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, she
and Elias lost her, and after that there was no going back to the
Life's been hard, but Elias has taken care of her, and living in
the Dark City can help one to forget the horror of the
Unconsecrated--if you try hard enough.
But when Elias disappears, Annah's world crumbles. To her, life
isn't worth much more than the walking dead who roam the wasted
world she lives in. It's not until she meets Catcher that she cares
to start living again.
Yet Catcher has secrets. Dark, terrifying secrets that link him to
a past she's longed to forget and to a future too deadly to
Annah must decide: Can she continue to live a world covered in the
blood of the living?
Or is death the answer to all her problems?
Read from the Book
I 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 f
From the Publisher
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?
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 CarrieRyan.com.