Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Dark and Hollow Places, Carrie Ryan

"What would you do if you knew you had only a few days left to live?" Asked many times during the book as things get desperate for the characters, when they are faced with a horde of unconsecrated that flow into the dark city in a matter of minutes wiping out civilization as they thirst for uninfected blood.

Annah has been on her own for 3 years after Elias left her. She minds her own business, keeps her head down and tries to be invisible as she waits for him to come back. But one day, after she watches an infected women plummet to her death alone without anyone to remember her, Annah decides she is tired of waiting and decides to leave to city. But, on her way out, on the other side of the bridge she notices a girl entering the city, a girl who looks just like her, her long lost twin! After that everything spirals out of control.

This is a very depressing book, but it is also about the struggle to live and to fight. Annah doesn't just give up when the horde of unconsecrated are taking over, or when the recruiters have trapped her. She is always looking for a way out, a way to escape, a way to live. Annah is a fighter.

Just like the last two books there is a new word for the undead. In the first one is as Unconsecrated, the second book was Mudo, and this one they people of the dark city call them plague rats. Annah mostly calls them Unconsecrated from her memories of living in the forest as a child.

There is so much emotion that you feel through these characters as they try everything they can to survive. The author is so good at describing the environment and what is happening that I feel like I am right there with Annah. I want to yell at the recruiters, and cheer Annah and her crew on. It is a great book! I just wish there was a next one!

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