The Book: Before I read Carrie Ryan's Forest of Hands and Teeth, I would have never believed I could like a zombie book. Zombies? Really? But once I started reading, I was hooked. Rather than sum up the series, I'll direct you to my reviews of the The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves.
In The Dark and Hollow Places, the third in the series, the Unconsecrated (the walking dead) have become so numerous they have taken over the Dark City, where Annah has been waiting three years for Elias, her only real friend, to come back for her. She is getting desperate as the Unconsecrated increase in numbers and the Recruiters, who are supposed to protect the living, fall pray to corruption and cruelty. Only after she meets a guy named Catcher, does her life seem to turn around--that is, until the two are held hostage by the Recruiters and Annah realizes that life among people is no safer than life among zombies.
The novel is great mix of heart-thumping action tempered by quiet moments when Annah dares to take a chance with love. As in the earlier books, Ryan brings up the questions of what makes us human and what makes life worth living. Dark and Hollow Places also looks at the nature of relationships in a world in which every moment should be focused on survival.
I listened to the unabridged audio edition of The Dark and Hollow Places, read by Allyson Ryan, who did an excellent job keeping me glued to my earbuds.
The Tea: You can bet that I've been drinking iced tea on these hot, humid summer days. My latest obsession is made by Nestea, and I'm almost too embarrassed to admit that I drink it and like it. I've been buying their K-cups of instant (yeah, I know) black iced tea mixed half and half with powdered lemonade. I know I should really just make black sun tea and add my own freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar or honey, but the little cups are so easy.
The Assessment: You might think that Annah and Catcher wouldn't be able to get tea, but they do at least have herbal teas. What they'd think of Nestea K-cups, I have no idea, but I think they'd be grateful for anything warm and sweet to drink.
What About You? What are drinking to stay cool (in the North) or to warm up (in the South)? Reading anything good this week?
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