Author: Carrie Ryan
Series: Companion to The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Published: March 2010 by Delacorte Books
Description: Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She's content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. Home is all she's ever known and, and all she needs for happiness. But life after the Return is never safe and there are threats even the Barrier can't hold back. Gabry's mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but, like the dead in their world, secrets don't stay buried. And now, Gabry's world is crumbling. One night beyond the Barrier . . .
One boy Gabry's known forever and one veiled in mystery . . . One reckless moment, and half of Gabry's generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry knows only one thing: if she has any hope of a future, she must face the forest of her mother's past.
I'm being a little generous giving this 4 stars, but I'm trying to get away from the half star rating. And this book was better than the first one. I liked Gabry so much more than her mother. She didn't seem selfish, if anything she was the exact opposite. But, not nearly as annoying and as hard of a voice to listen to. The action is still packed into the story. It almost feels like you don't get a moments peace, reminds me of the zombie horror movies (in a good way though). The zombies are still terrifying, although I like the term Unconsecrated used in the first book. It makes them seem that much more terrifying. There are some interesting on ideas of what makes life worth it and how the zombie are different from humans. It's an interesting thought from those who have known no other life beside the one after The Return. I finally got some questions answered about events that occur in the first book, which definitely made me happy. Hopefully the next in the series will answer questions that arise in this one. I did dislike the use of a love triangle again. It was already done in the first book, and I saw no need to repeat it. I also still had issues with the timeline. Part of the book happens in days, making the book feel like its happening at top speed. But, once they are on the path into the forest, time slows down and it loses it's urgency. I have no idea if it's days or weeks that pass. I will be looking forward to the next in the series! I recommend this to anyway who enjoys zombies, post-apocalyptic fiction, and especially those who love The Forest of Hands and Teeth