There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister’s face when she and Elias left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the horde as they found their way to 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 him to come home ever since. Without him, her life doesn’t feel much different from that of the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Then she meets Catcher and everything feels alive again.

Except, Catcher has his own secrets—dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah’s 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 drenched in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return’s destruction?” –author Carrie Ryan’s website

“The Dark and Hollow Places” was probably the best book in the Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy so far. What better way to end the series? As I’ve read the three books each one has gotten better, it almost makes me wish there were going to be more- and I would love for there to be more- but at the same time, I loved the ending. It was rather eloquent, it left questions but not the ‘live or die because the character is about to fall off a cliff’ questions, but more the ‘where do they go from here? at least they’re ALIVE!’ type of questions.

I thought that Annah was the most likeable character to lead the story so far, and her relationship with Catcher was really sweet. I also kind of enjoyed that this time there was no love triangle sort of thing unless you count past feelings for Elias.

I also definitely thought that this was the most emotional driven one yet, the whole novel, all of the writing, it was just so real and emotional. I could feel what Annah was feeling because of the amazing way it was written; even though I have never experienced such fear or desolation or really strong feelings as Annah was.

Of course, there’s one of my favorite elements throughout the whole series of the character’s abilities to feel and strive for hope where there is none, and defeat all odds through hope. It’s just inspiring. Also, an ongoing element that I adore is the fact that while the three books contain tons of zombies, they capture so much thoughts and speculations about said zombies, and also all of the characters manage to fight the zombies and think about the zombies and it’s NEVER cheesy. How often can you say that about anything that involves zombies?

All in all, an AMAZING, EMOTIONAL, INCREDIBLE end to the trilogy. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!

If you would like to find out more about The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy go to author Carrie Ryan’s website. If you’d like to see my reviews for the first two books, The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves click those <— book titles! Also, there’s that post where I talked about the Dark and Hollow Places tour here.