Blurb (from Goodreads):
There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.
Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.
But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Books4reviews.)
This is the third book in the Forest of Hands and Teeth series.
Annah has been waiting for her ‘brother’ Elias to return to the dark city for 3 years. He should have been back a year ago, and she’s now giving up hope of him ever returning to her alive.
Annah makes the decision to leave the city, but on her way out sees someone who gives her hope – her twin sister Abigail who she lost in the forest when they were only 5. (Who the reader knows as ‘Gabry’ from book 2).
Annah tries to find her sister but instead runs into Catcher (also from book 2) who is immune to the infection that kills everyone else and turns them into the walking dead.
Then the person who Annah wants to see more than any other turns up – Elias, the ‘brother’ who she thought was dead.
But Annah worries that Elias is leading them into a trap; with hordes of undead descending on the city, Elias claims that the only way to stay safe is to turn Catcher over to the recruiters in return for shelter. But is the small community of recruiters really all that is left in the world? And can Annah really live with the barbaric things that are going on there?
This book was a real post-apocalyptic, depressing, scary, horror show, misery-fest. I can honestly say that a times I was angry, sad, and shocked by the goings on. I really felt for Annah who seemed to be having a real bad time of things, and things were only made worse for her when it seemed that the people who she loved most in the world might not have her best interests at heart.
The things that went on in the one main human safe house were terrible and sickening, and the story was really dark. The author really did create a desolate post-apocalyptic war zone that made you want to keep reading with a morbid curiosity for what atrocious deeds would come next.
It was strange seeing Gabrielle from Annah’s point of view, who assumed that Gabry had had an easy life, which we all know wasn’t the case, and it was difficult to know what the hell Elias was thinking, who just seemed to have gone a bit nuts.
Once again we had the obligatory love-triangle thingy, this time with Gabry and Elias, and Annah and Catcher, Annah and Elias, and obviously there’s the history between Catcher and Gabry too.
I wasn’t sure where the author would go with this story after the first book, and it seems like she delved even further into our worst nightmares with this third book. Man do I hate zombies right now! Although at times the actions of the humans are far worse than those of the zombies.
A dark, post-apocalyptic zombie story that will send you running for the hills.
7.5 out of 10.