Author: Carrie Ryan
Genre: Science Fiction YA
First Published: 2011
Page Count: 374
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Note: Book 3 of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series
An end to a thrilling series that can’t quite capture the charm of the first two books.
*Repetitive *Extremely dark *Some of the plot didn’t seem realistic
“Survivors aren’t always the strongest; sometimes they’re the smartest, but more often simply the luckiest.” Annah has been alone in the Dark City for three years waiting for Elias, her childhood friend to return to her since he left to join the fight against the undead that plague their world. When the Dark City comes under attack by a horde of the undead, Annah is reunited with Elias as well as her long-lost twin sister and a boy immune to the undead named Catcher. Suddenly the world that Annah has known has completely changed and she must adapt or join the dead.
I have finished a series! Drinks all around! But seriously, it’s been pretty sad realizing how many series I’ve actually finished and how many I still have left to read. Luckily, I can check this one off my list. I wish I could say more positive things about this book that match the elation I felt at finishing this series. It’s a perfectly entertaining book from start to finish with plenty of action, romance, and thrills. We also get a pretty satisfying conclusion that leaves the potential for future books should the author choose to write more.
However, compared to the rest of the series, this book was my least favorite. It was extremely dark, which I usually revel in considering that I love stories like The Road, but it felt really gloomy compared to the other books. There was always an air of mystery about the world in these books but in this story I didn’t feel that. I just felt like the characters were trapped in such a bleak world that killing themselves kind of seemed like the only solution. Yeah, it was that bad. And the ways the author had the characters overcoming their challenges seemed really unrealistic, like Ryan was reaching for a solution to the corner she’d backed her characters into. On top of that, I could not stand Annah harping on and on about how she left her twin sister in the woods when they were younger. My god, get over it already! With killer hordes of zombies, her messed up face, poverty, and a totalitarian society, you’d think she would have other things to worry about.
While this book is fast paced and thrilling, it’s definitely not the best young adult dystopian story out there or even the best in its own series. However, if you’ve read the first two books, you might as well keep going to see how it ends. Great series, but an ok final book.