Book Review: The Dark And Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
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The Dark And Hollow Places is Carrie Ryan’s third book and the final read in her zombie trilogy. I thought The Dark And Hollow Places showed real maturity in writing. It feels like Ryan has hit her stride and given her readers a book of depth, darkness, and of course UNCONSECRATED.
Annah has lived on her own in the Dark City for three years, after Elias left to join the Recruiters. With a dark past and what seems to be a bleak future, Annah merely survives. Her day to day routine changes when she spots a girl who has her face, her twin Abigail/Gabry. Elias has returned with Annah’s twin and Catcher. Annah must decide is there still hope? Is life worth living in the face of so much death, cruelty and evil?
I totally dig characters like Annah. She is tough as nails and refuses to be cornered. Not only that, but she has this intense longing for freedom, which I think teens feel. I mean, who wants to be trapped under mom and dad’s rough when you are so close to independence and college? Yet, despite her rather tough exterior and the walls she has put up around herself, she cares very very deeply for those she loves. Annah is different from Gabry, in that she is initially brave. Bravery is not a trait she needs to develop. Rather, Annah is in deep need of help when it comes to her self-esteem. Covered with scars, Annah has very poor self-image. Again, something teenage girls can relate to. And I think therein lies the appeal of Annah to me. Although I am not surrounded by Unconsecrated, I can still relate to Annah on a deeper level.
Not only is Annah an awesome part of The Dark And Hollow Places but guess what this book is missing?? A contrived love triangle! Yes, that’s right, there isn’t a love triangle. Instead, the relationship has a chance to develop naturally — given the conditions. Friends, it is awesome. I really felt the relationship between Annah and a certain boy, use your brain and you can guess who, has a depth. Perhaps that depth comes out of this whole zombie nation thing, but whatever, I liked it.
Furthermore, The Dark And Hollow Places is a great adventure. As a reader, I was constantly asking myself, will the fabulous foursome make it out alive? What is up with that horde? And eeeeep, complete darkness. Those are hints. Just hints, no crazy spoilers.
Ryan takes the reader to some very dark places. I will admit, this book is more disturbing than the previous two, The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead Tossed Waves. What the Recruiters do for fun on Sanctuary is chilling. Yet, do not let this detour you from reading The Dark And Hollow Places. It’s like they say in Batman, it is always darkest just before the dawn, and there are your moments of light. What I personally think is that when these scary parts happen it makes me appreciate the beautiful parts even more. Spoiler: Especially the image of the hot air balloons in the sky.
The Dark And The Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan is an excellent read. I wholeheartedly recommend it. Honestly, it ties with The Forest of Hands And Teeth for my favorite in the series. I honestly can’t wait to see what Ryan comes up with next, but I am sure it will be wonderful.
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