Primarily, the main character’s drives and motivations bothered me. Gabry is a relatable heroine in that she’s always struggling with her fear, and relying on other people to save her. It’s a good start if you’re going to grow the character into a more self-reliant, inner-strength kind of person. And granted, for that transition to be believable, it has to be measured and develop naturally, not overnight.
My big beef with Gabry is that she doesn’t think about anything- she’s entirely reactionary, and quite self-centered. She’ll have guilt trips, understandable or not, and state that she finally understands something…and then her next actions are completely at odds with that. She doesn’t step outside herself to consider others, even (and especially) in passages where she has all day or night to think. In short, she’s really immature…and I kept waiting for her to grow up, but she never really did.
This is in stark contrast to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, where Mary is self-centered but the consequence of her actions cause her to mature throughout the story (and way more crap hit the fan for Mary than for Gabry, in the books). Maybe I’m harsher on a sequel, because I’ve developed high expectations from the first book, but The Dead-Tossed Waves was disappointing for me.
I recommend this book for fans of Carrie Ryan, zombie apocalypse lovers, and anyone looking for a YA heroine who is more emotion-based than logic-based. It’s not a bad novel, and may be worth a read, I’m just a little bitter because I expected better.