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?
“The plot is rich with the suspense of horror and the action and introspection of postapocalyptic genres…. Overall, the pervasive threat of the Unconsecrated, the brutality of the Recruiters, and the remarkable bleakness of the setting are the novel’s most compelling elements, sure to keep readers consumed in the book’s pages.”
“The well-paced story churns along, fueled by an overpowering sense of dread and Annah’s immediate narrative voice…Ryan skillfully balances the gross-out bits with romance and beautifully written passages highlighting hope amid chaos and despair… should keep the teeming hordes of zombie fans sated.”
—School Library Journal
“Book three in The Forest of Hand and Teeth series takes readers to the Dark City. In this one-sitting page-turner that’s sometimes genuinely scary, Ryan takes readers on a thrill ride that will leave them with hope for the characters.”
—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
“Original and bewitching, The Dark and Hollow Places is a follow-up novel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead Tossed Waves. Although it is not necessary to read the first two books, readers will find they want to read any Ryan book they can get their hands on….Ryan takes a unique topic and turns it into an emotional book readers will not want to put down.”
“I can’t properly convey how this trilogy infiltrates your nightmares and daydreams with its horror scenes and moody contemplations. You just have to explore those dark, hollow places for yourself.”
“Carrie Ryan has penned a story of the undead that magically, unexpectedly transforms into a painful, beautiful, aching story about life. I can’t say it more plainly than this: I loved it. I wish I’d written it.”
New York Times bestselling author of the The Morganville Vampires
“The best dystopian novel we’ve read, period. Only Carrie Ryan could twist horror into an anthem of hope and love so gut-wrenching no reader will be immune. Even among the hordes of the undead, the heart is the one thin that will not die.”
—Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
New York Times bestselling authors of Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness