Book Sixteen of 2013: THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES by Carrie Ryan

bookThere 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?

I love zombies and I fell in love with Carrie Ryan’s post apocalyptic world with her book THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH. Her characters don’t fall in love with zombies, they fall in love while fighting to survive zombies. Ryan’s world is beautifully written. The language is simple, but it is the language of normal people. It is this language that makes the book trilogy an easy read.

This is the final book in Ryan’s trilogy. I didn’t care for the slow pace in the beginning, but the pace quickened within the first 100 pages. Annah has to be my favorite main character in the trilogy. She is strong, but severely insecure; which is something I can really relate to. I love Catcher and I love the other characters as well. My only dislike, is that the world ended too soon. I honestly think the book series could be more or Ryan could write a prequel to the world.

Maybe she will, maybe she won’t; whatever it may be, you should check out the series.

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