One of the coolest and creepiest books of 2009 was The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. Now in 2010 Ryan brings us The Dead-Tossed Waves, which isn't a sequel but a "companion" book. That means that we don't learn exactly what happened after the end of The Forest of Hands and Teeth but it's set in the same eerie world. And what a world it is!
After the Return, society collapsed and had to be rebuilt. Now pockets of people live in areas like Vista and the Dark City, always on the lookout for the undead Mudo (aka the Unconsecrated) who want nothing more than to spread their infection to as many people as posible. When Gabry and her friends leave the safety of Vista to go explore a long-abandoned amusement park, they are putting themselves and everyone they love at risk. What happens in the amusement park changes all of their lives, for better and for worse. When Gabry decides to help her friends, and later to follow her mother into the Forest of Hands and Teeth, she (and we) get a larger perspective of this world, and see how humanity is managing to survive against the ever-increasing number of Mudo.
There is one scene in which Gabry begins to understand just how many Mudo there are in this world. To say that she sees all of them is like saying that she sees the tip of the iceberg. To say that this scene is chilling is the understatement of the year.
Normally I prefer sequels to companion books, because I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! But The Dead-Tossed Waves is one of those rare books that immerses me in another part of the same captivating world with a whole new set of characters, and I don't mind at all.
You don't need to have read The Forest of Hands and Teeth to enjoy The Dead-Tossed Waves, but this book will make you want to read (or re-read) the first book anyway, so you might as well read them in order.