The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan. Read in January 2011. Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter 2011.
A Fast Five review:
1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth remains my favorite in this trilogy just because I was so enveloped in the setting, but I did like this one more than the second.
2. Set in New York City, the location creep-factor is completely different from the other two. If you are familiar with NYC, you know the landmarks and it feels that much closer to home. I love that Ms. Ryan put all three novels in such different settings: forest, beach, and big city, but NYC is known which ups the ante.
3. Annah, the twin sister of Gabry from book two, is the main character here. I really liked Annah, certainly more than I liked Gabry. She’s had a much rougher go at it than Gabry has, and is damaged from her experiences, but also much stronger.
4. I really enjoyed the way Ms. Ryan handled the romantic relationships in Places. Each is allowed to grow on its own; there are no triangles or other silliness.
5. I thought this was a great ending to this series. I never would have expected to read a zombie trilogy and enjoy it so much. The last 75 pages (or so) had me glued to the book. I stayed up far too late to finish it because once I hit a certain point, sleep was just not an option. The ending is hopeful without cleaning the big zombie-mess up…which is also a little terrifying to know that any future the survivors face will still have the Unconsecrated within it.