REVIEW: The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

The Dark and Hollow Places (Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 3)

The Blurb: Annah’s world stopped the day Elias left 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…

The Short Stick: My favorite of the trilogy!

The Goods: Annah is yet another new voice in the book but this time, her story is probably the most compelling of the three books. I like how Ryan works more and more with the world and develops it to the point where we get to see what has happened regarding the Return from three different aspects. This isn’t your usual zombie apocalypse book where basically everyone picks up guns and begins killing zombies. There’s a beautiful cadence to the way she writes that shows that yes, people and zombies can survive together, though people with zombies is a no no.

The Not So Goods: Again I find the plot slow. I’m swept up in Ryan’s writing but it takes me a long time to get through it. I don’t know why but I’m often rereading passages and such just to make sense of everything. That’s been a drawback throughout the whole journey, but it’s pretty much been the only one.

Rating: 4/5

Other Stuff:
Pinnochio Factor: Pass, they’re real, but some of them are zombies.
Bella Swan Factor: Pass, Annah is a strong girl, albeit scared, but strong.
Jace Factor: Pass, there’s a hot complicated boy in attendance, my favorite type!
Primrose Factor: Fail, there’s a lot of heartbreaking moments in this one.
Potter Factor: Pass, it’s a society where humans and zombies exist together, and though the world is ending, it’s not completely over yet.
Cheese Factor: Pass, definitely no cheesy moments.
Bible Factor: Fail, still a lot of religious influences here.
Temperature: 100 degrees.

Recommendation: Read it and get swept up in Ryan’s writing style and the grace and beauty of this story. Don’t read it if you think this is going to be like Zombieland.