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Booking Through Thursday 4/7

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Waiting on Wednesday 4/6

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Teaser & Tune In Tuesday

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Review – The Dark and Hollow Places

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published: March 22nd 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

(ISBN13: 9780385738590)
original title
The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth #3
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GoodReads says: “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?”

My thoughts:

This is the end. Are you ready?

I didn’t think I was. I read this book with much trepidation and anxiety. I had just read the first two books, as a refresher, so when I finally got this one in the mail I dove straight in.

In the first page we are thrown straight into the world after the Return, in the Dark City. No fluff here. We meet Annah, who ends up being my favorite character. Strong, independent, hard and haunted. She has survived alone in the Dark City for 3 years, carrying the guilt of her past, and physical scars that Annah believes are punishment.

This book was my favorite of the series. Hands down. I didn’t think I could choose one, but this was it. The story never slows down, or get boring. All the emotion is laid out, but still complex enough to leave me really thinking about what the character must be going through. Take Catcher (my other favorite), for example:  He is unable to connect with ‘living’ humans for fear of Infecting them, and the Unconsecrated can’t sense him, and just ignore him. He will do whatever it takes to keep his friends safe, no matter what.

I felt that this story was extremely well told, and that the events flowed together perfectly. I remember feeling afraid to hope for the characters, and relishing in whatever happiness that they found, however momentary. I loved how Annah and Gabry’s reunion showed that even when the world is falling apart and mistakes are made, the bond between family is unbreakable.

I’ll admit that I cried at the end. Whether or not that’s a good or bad thing, I’ll let you find out for yourself. This book was phenomenal!

5 out of 5 stars!

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