Title: The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #3)
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Delacorte 2011
Rating: 5/5 stars
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There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face when she and Elias left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the horde as they found their way to 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 him to come home ever since. Without him, her life doesn't feel much different from that of the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Then she meets Catcher and everything feels alive again.Except, Catcher has his own secrets -- dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah's 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 drenched in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?
A great end to The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy. This one continued the story well, focusing on Annah and her fight for survival in the Dark City. The plot line was great. The characters were entertaining. The villains (not the Unconsecrated) were sufficiently villainous. The only difference was the style. This book felt more like a discussion on the meaning of life rather than an eventful story. Sure, there were action sequences. Things happened. But the entire book feels more like a philosophical text. And I appreciate this change. We get to really see what The Return means to the future of the human race. We get discussions about the meaning of life. Characters must decided whether the life they have is enough to truly live. And I must say, Annah is a much more likable character than Gabry (Abigail). I enjoyed the conclusion to the trilogy. I will definitely be reading anything that Carrie Ryan writes in the future.
Forest of Hands and Teeth