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1. In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future–between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

2: 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.

3: Annah knows she has a twin sister, but she forgot her long ago. Back when they went to play in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, she and Elias lost her, and after that there was no going back to the village. Life’s been hard, but Elias has taken care of her, and living in the Dark City can help one to forget the horror of the Unconsecrated–if you try hard enough. But when Elias disappears, Annah’s world crumbles. To her, life isn’t worth much more than the walking dead who roam the wasted world she lives in. It’s not until she meets Catcher that she cares to start living again. Yet Catcher has secrets. Dark, terrifying secrets that link him to a past she’s longed to forget and to a future too deadly to consider. Annah must decide: Can she continue to live a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the answer to all her problems?

I want to tell him to wait. To come back. To simply let me touch him and look at him and make sure he’s okay. I need to know that everything’s all right with him and the world. I just need to feel the heat of him. But I don’t know how to tell him all this. That I’m scared and I don’t know how to be normal. I’m broken, just like him, and I’m not sure I can fix myself.
—  The Dark and Hollow Places
So I just finished the Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan.

*may contain Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy spoilers*

When I got The Dark and Hollow Places, I was like “MUST READ AHHH” because I’ve been obsessed with the Forest of Hands and Teeth storyline for a long time.

At the beginning, I was like, “Yeah, this is going to be fun!”

And then Annah was all “I’m ugly” all the time and it’s super annoying

Then Catcher comes into the story and I'm like

And then I think Annah gets bitten

Then they all go to the Sanctuary and for a while it's boring

But then the Recruiters and the first death cage scene happens and I’m all “WTF?!”

And then the snow scene with Catcher and Annah and I’m all "Awww :)“ at first

But then he pushes her away

And I’m like

And multiple encounters with greasy old Recruiters trying to kill/molest Annah

And then Gabry and Annah are basically freezing to death

Elias and Gabry seem like they’re going to die

And then Annah gets thrown in the death cage

All the while I’m reading this, I’m bawling my eyes out, my body is tense, and I can’t stop cringing.

Catcher kills Conall

Carrie Ryan writes all these badass quotes

Annah is running and running and running…

And I feel like this by the end of the book:

My emotions are so worn out, but it was SUCH a good trilogy.

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In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

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