Book 2 (Book 1: The Forest of Hands and Teeth)
Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.
Well this book somewhat redemmed the preceding book, The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I originally thought this book was a sequel but it is a companion novel. It is about a girl named Gabry, daughter of Mary from the first book. The book did not really capture me at all. It wasn’t one of those books where you can’t stop reading. I started the book and took about a week off before I restarted to read it. The action does pick up about halfway in the book. Like the first book it somewhat mirrors it. It starts off in a different city settlement surrounded by the undead. Unlike the village in the first book this settlement is a lot more developed. The book then moves to an adventure outside the village along the paths stumbling upon another village and then it continues on the paths until they read a new destination. Like the first book their is love and it is destroyed. Every time Gabry experienced love something took it away in some form. Gabry is kind of an annoying character she is cowardly, fearful, not very strong, indecisive, and full of self pity. The amount of self pity was overwhelming making it kind of hard to read. She grows a bit towards the end of the book though. Gabry learns half way through the book about her past, then near the end of the book she learns even more and learns her connection with Mary’s village. Some characters that make a reappearance is Mary, Henry, and Jacob and Cass are mentioned. What happened to Mary’s village after she left is also revealed. Gabrys love interest in the book is Catcher but then it leans more towards Elias. Catcher grew up in the village with Gabry and Elias is not from the village. Both male love interests are strong male characters and both bring something to the story. We learn a lot more about the Return and what systems were developed to prevent the spread such as the cities, the paths, people called the Recruiter, and a shocking group of people called the Immune. There are many similarities with the first book and will become evident as you read. The book ends with the possibility of the sequel or companion novel. I would recommend this book if you enjoyed the first and are interested in learning more about where the story is possibly going. However, it is a depressing kind of book though better than the first. Perhaps just borrow this book from the library or a friend instead of buying it if you already bought the first.
The next book is called The Dark and Hollow Places
If you like this book you might want to watch the Resident Evil series.