The Dead-tossed Waves by Carrie RyanThe Dead-tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

The Dead-tossed Waves

byCarrie Ryan

Paperback | February 8, 2011

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Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She's content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast--home is all she's ever known and all she needs for happiness.
But life after the Return is never safe.
Gabry's mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but like the dead in their world, secrets don't stay buried. And now, Gabry's world is crumbling.
In one reckless moment, half of Gabry's generation is dead, the other half imprisoned.
Now Gabry knows only one thing: if she has any hope of a future, she must face the forest of her mother's past.
   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 compilation Foretold: 14 Stories of Prophecy and Prediction and contributed to ...
Title:The Dead-tossed WavesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.31 × 5.5 × 0.95 inPublished:February 8, 2011Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385736851

ISBN - 13:9780385736855

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Good addition to the series. The first book is still the best, but that may be because I grew so attached to that main character. She at least makes an appearance in this book which makes me happy
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great 2nd book loved the smooth transition from 1st to 2nd book and the continuation of characters
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW Its hard with this series to pick a favourite, but I would have to say this book is it! I loved seeing the older version of Mary through Gabry's eyes. If you want a book that is well paced and has adventure, with of course zombies! This is it!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite book of all time!!! I have read this book at least 20 times. It is practically falling apart i have read it so many times it has just gotten really worn out. It is one of the best books I have ever read and 10/10 would recommend.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It Absolutely loved this companion novel to The Forest Of Hand And Teeth. The story just gets darker and better. #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Book two......even better than the first... There are so many ways in which this book easily surpasses the first one. First it is the pacing. Where the first novel was a little drawn out and slow at times, the author drops your jaw at the end of the second chapter. From then on, The Dead-Tossed Waves is pulse-churning action, leading you up and down a series of near-misses and dead-on hits. Second, you don’t get many answers in the first book but in this one, you receive a number of revelations that you simply do not expect. And many of them correlate directly with the first novel. Third, while the first book leaves you with little hope, this one gives you something to cheer for.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This books has really stayed with me! I read this book nearly 5 years ago now and I still remember almost every detail! Wonderfully written and really captures the spirit of the characters inside! I would recommend to everyone!
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from sum up opinion Personally I think the first book "the forest of hands and teeth" was better but all in all it wasn't bad. I think the first one was definitely an attention grabber I couldn't put it down and got in a lot of trouble reading it in class lol but even though I finished this one it wasn't really grabbing me like the first one did.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay Slightly less bleak than its predecessor, and places a great emphasis on the maon character's inner conflicts and growth.
Date published: 2013-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the first one I read this book with some reserve because I had read the first book a few years ago and I had not been crazy about it. The first book was a little "mushy" and there was not much suspense for a zombie apocalypse type of story. This novel starts off a lot better and you are thrown into the plot in the very first chapter. The pace continues throughout the book and impatient readers, such as myself, will have no problem keeping their interest. Sure, there is the occasional "mushiness" as Gabry is torn between two boys that she is attracted to but it isn't as distracting as it was in the first novel. The ending of the book is actually very suspenseful and leaves you hanging for the 3rd installment. Recommended for young readers (or older ones that can't turn down a zombie story). Reasonably scary (suspenseful) but you won't need to sleep with the lights on or anything like that.
Date published: 2013-07-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed.. I know i'm the only one here to say that I was disappointed all the others found it great, but in my opinion it couldn't compare at all to the forest of hands and teeth, I liked it so much better. I find she didn't fully grab my attention with this one, I was disappointed and found myself skipping through some parts and just wanting it to be over, I even skipped some parts because it was long and I was bored through the novel. The first one was awesome I loveeee the zombies, but this one disappointed me.
Date published: 2012-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps You Reading The Dead Tossed Waves did not pick up where the first one had left off, but instead was the story of Mary's daughter, Gabry. Gabry is such a different person than her mother, and it quite content never to leave the town of Vista where she lives, never to cross the Barrier into the unknown. She does not thirst for what she doesn't have, unlike her mother at the same age, but finds she wants what might have been, looking to the time before the Return (when the zombies took over) or even before the fateful night when her entire life changed. Some great themes were examined in this book, such as what it means to live and what makes humans different from Mudo (zombies) and the value of remembering or forgetting the past. I also like how Ryan plays with the idea that nothing is black or white, but there are shades of grey; however, Gabry, being a teenager, has trouble with this and her struggle feels authentic. The story is told from Gabry's first person present point of view and is quite introspective. Gabry analyzes everything and goes over and over what she thinks went wrong in her life and what it is she thinks she wants. Sometimes I found this to be a bit much and made me feel frustrated with Gabry at times. I also felt that Gabry bordered on repetitive at times in her thoughts about the past and what she had done. There is a love triangle in this book, though it is different from many others I have read. It gets caught up in some of the philosophical themes of the book, such as what it means to be human and remembering the past but moving to the future. Both boys are sympathetic and likable in their own ways and I enjoy how Ryan does not use the typical love triangle romance I have read in many other books. The number of sentence fragments was distracting for me, making the writing abrupt and hard to follow at times. However, I did enjoy Ryan's writing overall, especially her descriptions - they were so vivid and fun. There are also lots of cliffhanger chapter endings which make the reader want to keep reading. The book was full of great plot twists and lots of excitement. Everything in the book goes from bad to worse, to worse, then worse again. Ryan sure knows how to torture her characters!
Date published: 2011-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING It's more of a companion than a sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth (although I do suggest you read The Forest of Hands and Teeth first - some of the characters are the same). But each character is beautifully flawed and the writing is delicious and the setting is dark and twisted (and at points terrifying - there are Zombies). A great read!!!
Date published: 2011-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a story of love, loss and hope I honestly think that Ms. Ryan has outdone herself with this book. It is masterfully written with likable characters, vivid scenes, and stong emotions that just tear through you. Though it is a companion book to The Forsest of Hands and Teeth, I highly recommend reading TFHT first so that you know that background story. I absolutely understood Gabry as I myself can be shy, quiet and hesitant with breaking rules. Her fears of doing something that would break the rules she has grown up with, especially ones that she knows could hurt others if something goes wrong, make her that much more endearing. She wants to be like the others, but is afraid to be the srtongwilled, confident person that her mother is. She is afraid of everything, afraid of change, until her life takes a path she did not expect. She suddenly finds herself being the strong, brave person she always wanted to be, yet still with a touch of timidness when it comes to the Mudo/Unconsecrated and with love. Gabry is learning about who she really is, how she came into this world, and who she wants to be. ...about who I am and where I'm from. It's that I always thought I could be like her. That something in her - what made her so sure and strong - could be in me as well. I just had to find it. The writing is so compelling that you can't help but feel for all of the characters. You want to laugh with them when they find a tiny piece of happiness, cry with them when the Mudo attack or something happens to a loved one, and mope around with them during the rainy days of trying to escape and make a new start in life. Sometimes it's so depressing as everytime they seem to get ahead or things look up, something bad happens and challenges them... yet there is always hope. I startle when arms wrap around me but I don't bother protesting. I'm too ready to give up on everything, willing to let whatever happen to me happen. But then I can tell by the way he pulls me to himself, by the way he holds me as if he could push the pieces of me back together again.... I can tell by his smell and his strength and the way he leans his cheek against my hair... I don't know how he found me - how he knew I was here - and I don't care. I want to hate him; I should hate him for who he is and what he's done... But for just a moment I allow myself to soak in his comfort because I need his strength. To fall into the feeling of him against me, another heartbeat with mine. The story is about more than just zombies taking over most of the world and people trying to survive through it all. It's about love, loss, hope and coping with the lot that life has dealt you. It's just a truly amazing story about a crazy messed up world. "I don't know what the difference between surviving and existing is anymore. What are the Mudos? They exist. I think life has to be about more than that - or else what separates us from them?" "What about love? That's something that separates us. That's what life is about."
Date published: 2010-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read More! I have never encountered a series before that each book is from a different character's perpective. It's rather neat really. I love how the author can take this story anywhere and from any character who was either mentioned in the previous book or, as the third book coming out will be from a character mentioned in this book. It is a much different setting than the first book - however it will bring you back to where all the terror began in the first novel. I cannot wait for the third book to come out and hope its just as good as this and the one before. I recommend this book to everyone as with enough hype I would like to see this book as well as the one before this come alive on the big screen!
Date published: 2010-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique, Creative and Suspensful I had very high expectations for this novel and they were met, for the most part. Carrie Ryan's descriptive writing style once again got it's hooks into subconscious turning every meow of my cat, creek of my house, and and hum of my furnace into the moan of the undead. Having left Mary still a teenager at the end of the first book, The Forest Of Hands And Teeth, I found it hard to re-connect with the grown up Mary in the beginning of the novel. I found the new protagonist, Mary's daughter Gabry, likable despite her insecurities and indecisiveness and I really enjoyed reading as Gabry made choices and worked through difficult life-altering decisions. I felt that this was a bit of a coming of age story set in a horrific world of oppression, desperation, and isolation where humans cling to hope, love, and companionship in unimaginable circumstances. I found the first half of the novel to be satisfying but I wasn't as engrossed as I was with the first novel. In the latter half of the book when Gabry enters the same forest her mother fought to get out of in the first novel things really began to heat up. I found myself reading well into the night despite how tired I was and I was constantly rewarded with suspense and action as the plot began to truly unfold. Entwined in this dystopic tale is a story of young love in all its passion, intensity, and angst. At times I was slightly impatient with Gabry's indecisiveness and yet I can remember experiencing similar emotions when I was at the same stage as Gabry. I think young readers will find her relatable, likable, genuine, and flawed, which in my opinion is a good recipe for well rounded protagonist. The supporting cast was well written and I really enjoyed how Carrie Ryan connected characters from the first novel into the plot of The Dead Tossed Waves. The ending felt like a mad dash to the finish line (in a good way) that had my heart racing alongside Gabry as she fought for survival. The choices she makes in the end show how much Gabry has matured from the beginning of the novel. Overall I was very impressed with The Dead Tossed Waves and with the open ended conclusion I hope to read about a forthcoming novel soon.
Date published: 2010-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Dead-Tossed Waves = Love. Carrie Ryan has managed to out-do herself. The Forest of Hands and Teeth was an amazing novel that spoke to me. I didn't think Ryan could top it, but here I am, now correcting that. She definitely topped it. A book filled with romance, logging, hurt, death, adventure.. What else could you need? A girl torn between two men, there's nothing that can make a novel better. It keeps you reading and reading because you want to find outwhoo she ends up with. I would read this novel over and over and over.. you have to read it, because the final instalment of this trilogy will be coming out in the spring of 2011..
Date published: 2010-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zombietastic I fell in love with the first book, and when I started to read this one and there was a new main character, I was a little unsure. Boy was I wrong. This book is just as amazing and suspensful as the Forest of Hands and teeth. I couldn't put it down. I think what I liked about it was that it isn't predictable like most books. That is what I love about Carrie Ryan. She isn't afraid to kill off a character that most authors would have kept to make a happy ending. Ryan isn't afraid to make the book have an unhappy ending, but she doesn't go overboard(like JKR in the last book :P) Now I am going to sit back and wait for the next book, and that wont be very easy.
Date published: 2010-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved loved LOVED it. I didn't think that it would be as good as the first one but it definitly was. Very interesting, once i started I couldn't put it down but then was sad when it ended. I highly reccomend this book to anyone, it has a little bit of every genre in it - romance, post apocolyptic, adventure, mystery, etc. Read it.
Date published: 2010-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even Better than the First Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Summary: Gabry lives a safe, secure life in a village beside the ocean and behind a Barrier to protect them from the Mudo (zombies). She lives in the lighthouse with her mother who is the lighthouse keeper whose main job is to kill the occasional Mudo who washes ashore each morning. Gabry loves her life and has no wish to ever leave the safety, as from what she has learned in school, the stories her mother has told her and what she can see with her own eyes from the top of the lighthouse the world beyond is anything but safe. But one night a group of her friends bring her along with them as they breach the Barrier and go to the old amusement park. It is there that all there lives will forever change and Gabry will ultimately leave the village never to return. Comments: I loved this book! Contrary to early reports that Carrie Ryan was writing a parallel novel and the misleading "a companion novel" printed on the front cover of the book this is indeed a direct sequel to the first book, The Forest of Hands and Teeth. The book takes place many years later, with a new generation of teens, in a different village but there are a couple of return characters from book one. It's difficult to review without giving away anything from either book but the main character, Gabry, in Dead-Tossed Waves is a complete contrast to the first books' main character, Mary. In fact, I'd say that the two books themselves are contrasts. Gabry's village is part of the Protectorate: the group of surviving villages. Gabry's world is real; she knows what is out there beyond the barrier; she knows how likely it would be to become infected by the Mudo and become one herself. Gabry's mother has knowledge of the outside world and she helps Gabry feel safe in her village by reinforcing in her how deadly it is out there. This turns Gabry into a scared, weak character that must grow as the book progresses as she is thrown into that world and must deal with the challenges she faces. From one who has read the first book, we can see this is all in contrast to the circumstances and the personal character of that book's main protagonist, Mary. I must say I deeply felt for Gabry as a character. Her whole world is turned upside down and it is a pleasure to watch her grow from the reluctant, scared girl to a worthy, decision-making, fighting member of her group. There are some twists which were fun as I did not guess them. In fact from early on, I had figured one thing out in my mind as being so obvious I wished the book would hurry up and reveal it, but when it finally did I was sooo wrong! Ha on me! I love it when that happens! Great book, I loved it just as much as the first one. Lots of zombie action, though not as violent as the first book, but certainly a very dark plot, characters die and characters do bad things. Don't expect any happy endings for anyone. The next book, which I'm presuming will be the last, trilogy anyone?, should prove to be very intriguing in whether the author gets the characters together for the best and one wonders how it will all finish in the end. Eagerly awaiting the next volume!
Date published: 2010-04-05

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I     The story goes that even after the Return they tried to keep the roller coasters going. They said it reminded them of the before time. When they didn't have to worry about people rising from the dead, when they didn't have to build fences and walls andbarriers to protect themselves from the masses of Mudo constantly seeking human flesh. When the living weren't forever hunted.   They said it made them feel normal.   And so even while the Mudo--neighbors and friends who'd been infected, died and Returned--pulled at the fences surrounding the amusement park, they kept the rides moving.   Even after the Forest was shut off, one last gasp at sequestering the infection and containing the Mudo, the carousel kept turning, the coasters kept rumbling, the teacups kept spinning. Though my town of Vista was far away from the core of the Protectorate, they hoped people would come fly along the coasters. Would still want to forget.   But then travel became too difficult. People were concerned with trying to survive and little could make them forget the reality of the world they lived in. The coasters slowly crumbled outside the old city perched at the tip of a long treacherous road along the coast. Everyone simply forgot about them, one other aspect of pre-Return life that gradually dimmed in the memories and stories passed down from year to year.   I never really thought about them until tonight--when my best friend's older brother invites us to sneak past the Barriers and into the ruins of the amusement park with him and his friends.   "Come on, Gabry," Cira whines, dancing around me. I can almost feel the energy and excitement buzzing off her skin. We stand next to the Barrier that separates Vista from the ruins of the old city, the thick wooden wall keeping the dangers of the world out and us safely in. Already a few of the older kids have skimmed over the top, their feet a flash against the night sky. I rub my palms against my legs, my heart a thrum in my chest.   There are a thousand reasons why I don't want to go with them into the ruins, not the least of which is that it's forbidden. But there's one reason I do want to take the risk. I glance past Cira to her brother and his eyes catch mine. I can't stop the seep of heat crawling up my neck as I dart my gaze away, hoping he didn't notice me looking and at the same time desperately wishing he did.   "Gabry?" he asks, his head tilted to the side. From his lips my name curls around my ears. An invitation.   Afraid of the tangle of words twisting around my own tongue, I swallow and place my hand against the thick wood of the Barrier. I've never been past it before. It's against the rules to leave the town without permission and it's also risky. While mostof the ruins are bordered by old fences from after the Return, Mudo can still get through them.   They can still attack us.   "We shouldn't," I say, more to myself than to Cira or Catcher. Cira just rolls her eyes; she's already jumping with desire to join the others. She grabs my arm with a barely repressed squeal.   "This is our chance," she whispers to me. I don't tell her what I've been thinking--that it's our chance to get in trouble at best and I don't want to think about what could happen at worst.   But she knows me well enough to read my thoughts. "No one's been infected in years," she says, trying to convince me. "Catcher and them go out there all the time. It's totally safe."   Safe--a relative term. A word my mother always uses with a hard edge to her voice. "I don't know . . . ," I say, twisting my fingers together, wishing I could just say no and be done with it but hating to disappoint my best friend the way I've done too often before.From the Hardcover edition.