the forest of hands and teeth

<i>The Dead-Tossed Waves</i>
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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 while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. Home is all she's ever known, and all she needs for happiness.

But life after the Return is never safe, and there are threats even the Barrier can't hold back.

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.

One night beyond the Barrier...

One boy Gabry's known forever and one veiled in mystery...

One reckless moment, and half of Gabry's generation is dead, the other half imprisoned.

Gabry knows only one thing: if she is to have any hope of a future, she must face the forest of her mother's past.

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Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Hardcover: (March 2010), ISBN-13: 978-0385736848
Paperback: (February 2011), ISBN-13: 978-0385736855

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Praise for The Dead Tossed Waves

"...gripping storytelling style and engaging prose..."
   —Publishers Weekly

"Fast-paced... [The Dead-Tossed Waves] will be gobbled up by fans of the first volume like brains."
   —Kirkus Reviews

"The second book in Ryan's zombie series moves the story ahead in some surprising ways as it introduces compelling characters. Readers will be up late with this one, turning pages and biting their nails."
   —Romantic Times

"Ryan knows how to put together an action scene."

"The skillful world-building and suspense of Forest [of Hands and Teeth] continue in this sequel."
   —Horn Book

"Proving once again why she is one of the most gifted voices in modern YA, Carrie Ryan threads life, love, and subtle beauty throughout a monstrous, post-apocalyptic world."
   —Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, NYT bestselling authors of Beautiful Creatures

"The Dead-Tossed Waves was even more engrossing than The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Beautiful, romantic, horrifying and heart-breaking."
   —Jennifer Lynn Barnes, author of Raised by Wolves, Tattoo, Golden, and The Squad

"The Dead-Tossed Waves is a resplendent book. It pushes the limits of thought, questions the limits of mind, and gives you reason to doubt the extent of your knowledge of society today. Each page is just as wonderfully thrilling as the next. It is truly superb."
   —Sacramento Book Review

"I never knew a book could make my heart race like this."
   —MTV News

"This is Ryan's true skill; she takes a common, everyday occurrence like teens doing something they shouldn't, blends it with moral quandaries and coming-of-age motifs and then adds zombies... The Dead Tossed Waves is beautifully written."
   —The Straits Times

"Fans of the first book will be delighted by the way Ryan weaves the stories together... Recommend it to fans of apocalyptic fiction or zombie lore."

"Ryan is a mistress of suspense."
   —The Age

"The Dead-Tossed Waves has a compulsive quality that will see readers quickly to the end. Like its predecessor, it is a tightly written novel with an intimate, almost claustrophobic, focus on the main character. The turmoil of the events surrounding Gabry is matched by her inner struggles as she tries to come to terms with who she is, who she loves and whether she has a future."
   —The Australian

"This volume has enough action, romance, and depth of character to satisfy, and the cliff-hanger ending will leave fans hungry for the third book."
   —School Library Journal

"With great world-building and cinematic form, this is a high quality novel."