Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Dark and Hollow Places Review

377 pages
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?

I loved this book! It was such an amazingly thrilling end to the series. Seeing things from Annah's point of view definitely brought a fresh perspective to the Forest of Hands and Teeth story. I think the way the relationships worked out were a little strange to say the least yet I still found myself enjoying it.  I wasn't a big fan of Annah in the beginning, her sister was so much more likeable, but as the story progressed I found myself sympathizing with her as a character. I liked that even though Annah was scarred she didn't let that hinder her strength and ability to survive. Things quickly spun out of control in this novel, leading to a truly exciting ending. At the same time I would have to say the only thing I didn't really like was in fact the end of the book. I feel like it was a bit open ended, especially for the conclusion to the series. However, this book is definitely worth the read. I recommend it to anyone who has read the first two books. You will enjoy it.


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