Author: Carrie Ryan
Published: March 22nd, 2011 by Delacorte Books
Synopsis:There 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? (from Goodreads.com)
The Dark and Hollow Places is a truly dark and mesmerizing tale of zombies and love. Told from a new point of view, Annah, Gabriela's twin, is in the Dark City where she has been waiting years for Elias to return. It's a city where death is only a heartbeat away and either learn to take care of yourself or you will be the next unconsecrated walking in the haunting city limits.
Annah was one of my favorite characters yet. She is haunted by the day she left her sister in the woods because she'd hurt herself and couldn't keep up. All her thoughts and actions are interspersed with her leaving her sister, the guilt plaguing her constantly. But then again, so does the fact that she is alone in a city waiting for Elias to return and save her. The Dark and Hollow Places is Annah's quest to realize that in the end, she must save herself.
Carrie Ryan created a fascinating world with The Forest of Hands and Teeth (see my review) with a village buried in the middle of a forest, surrounded by our deepest darkest nightmares. She continued her zombie destruction in The Dead Tossed Waves (see my review) by expanding the world of those still alive and fighting the infestation of death that plagues every crevice of the existing world. With The Dark and Hollow Places, Ryan shows us what it is to be strong, how sisters will fight to be together and how you may deserve more than you ever thought you could. Scarred and tough, Annah is a breathtaking character, forced to be what she must, pushed to the extreme in the unconsecrated's fight for death. She finds Catcher and while she doesn't trust this half dead man, he makes her feel more alive than anything ever did.
The Dark and Hollow Places's dystopian world of death and destruction is breathtakingly beautiful. Your heart will race and your palms will sweat with the knowledge that survival may not be possible. But, it is on the precipice of death that life seems so much more important and that to be unconsecrated is to lose all the wonderful things that make life worth living.
With a beautifully developed plot and brilliantly flawed characters, Carrie Ryan has spun, for us, a tale of deranged love and painful heartache, giving us brilliant prose and everything, EVERYTHING, we could ever ask for; love, kissing, pain, survival and zombies.