The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
I am so glad to get the chance to read and review The Dark and Hollow Places as I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. I am glad to report that this final book did not disappoint.
In each of the three books Carrie Ryan has shown us a different aspect of the world of the Forest of Hands and Teeth. The first book was set in a remote, isolated village in the middle of a forest infested with zombies. It seemed like the last safe place in the world and then, in an instant, that safety was destroyed. The second book took us to the coastal town of Vista where Gabry lived in a lighthouse and the Unconsecrated washed in with the tide. The third and final book hurls us straight into the broken, dangerous landscape of The Dark City where Annah struggles to survive.
Each of these books show desperate people living in circumstances where death is a daily threat and is almost certainly not the end of your suffering. This last book, however, seemed especially dark and violent. Maybe it was the enclosed setting of the damaged city streets and derelict buildings instead of forest and beaches that made it that much blacker. Or maybe it was simply that there were more people in the Dark City. Because, in this book more than the others, its the living, breathing humans who are responsible for the most brutal acts against each other. Sure, there are millions of zombies filling the streets but they are driven by a mindless need to feed and not by the desire to hurt and destroy for the sake of it. There were parts of the story where it seemed as if Annah and her group were the only "good" people left.
But within this bleak, unforgiving story the author has woven tiny threads of hope and light that sometimes are just enough to keep you reading. There is love in this book, not just romance but friendship and family love too. The conflict Annah feels between her emotions and the harsh reality of her situation is beautifully written and it is very easy to understand her confusion even if, sometimes, you just want to take her by the shoulders and shake her!
I don't want to give too much of the ending away but I think it was the only way, really to end this series. I would love it if Carrie Ryan would consider writing more books set in this world at some point as I want to know what happens to all the characters and to the world. I would also love to know more about the history of the zombie apocalypse.
The Dark and Hollow Places is described as a "companion" to the other two books but the story does follow on from the second book so it would be a good idea to read at least that one first. I read The Dead Tossed Waves three or four months ago so the wait between books wasn't too long for me but, even so, there were a couple of times where I wished I'd read the books one straight after the other just to keep the plot lines and characters straight in my head. Next time I pick up this series (and there is no way I won't be re-reading them) I will read them all together and sink completely into this dangerous, brutal world, safe in the knowledge that I can easily close the book and escape back to normality.
This The Dark and Hollow Places book review was written by Andrea Chettle
Have you read The Dark and Hollow Places?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
The Dark and Hollow Places reader reviews
8.5/10 from 1 reviews
There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a reader review for The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan; it really helps other readers find that perfect next read. Kindly enter your name, country and review below and click the 'Submit your review' button to send.
More recommended reading in this genre
Animal Farm is set in a farmyard where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. Howeve...
The Girl and the Stars
Only when it's darkest can you see the stars.East of the Black Rock, out on the ice, lies a hole down which broken children are thrownOn the vastness of t...
Spensa's world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to de...
The Obernewtyn Chronicles
In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities, it is also dangerous. Survival is only ...
Cirque du Freak
Darren Shan seems like your average boy--he likes playing football with his mates, passing notes in class and loves spiders. Then, one day, his best mate Steve gets tickets...
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies t...
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to dest...
Following Peter Newman’s brilliant debut, THE VAGRANT. This is the much-anticipated sequel, THE MALICE.In the south, the Breach stirs.Gamma’s swor...
Ever since the floods came and washed the world away, survivors have been desperate to win a place on X Isle, the island where life is rumoured to be easier than on what...
Great books also published in 2011
The Crippled God
The Bonehunters march for Kolanse, led by Adjunct Tavore. This woman with no gifts of magic, deemed plain, unprepossessing, displaying nothing to instill loyalty or confide...
There's a reckoning on the way . . .. . . and Sookie has a knack for being in trouble's way; not least when she witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, ...
The Book of Transformations
Mark Charan Newton
A new and corrupt Emperor seeks to rebuild the ancient structures of Villjamur to give the people of the city hope in the face of great upheaval and an oppressing ice age. ...
The Alloy of Law
The Mistborn trilogy has become a firm favourite with fantasy fans the world over. The imagination that Sanderson brought to the series and his skill at marshalling epic st...
Cat and her cousin are key players in a drama of dragons and politics. Everyone wants something from them - including the warlord who's conquering all Europa and the Co...
City of Dragons
The dragon keepers and fledgling dragons have discovered a route to the lost city of Kelsingra but there is one problem: they need to be able to fly to cross the treacherou...
The Wise Man's Fear
Picking up the tale of Kvothe Kingkiller once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic ... and further along the path ...
The Neon Court
War is coming to London. A daimyo of the Neon Court is dead and all fingers point towards their ancient enemy - The Tribe. And when magicians go to war, everyone loses. But...
The Silly Solar System
Our Solar System's a wonderful place, A collection of planets rotating through space, With the Sun at its heart, its own glowing star- ...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages: