Book Trailer Thursday: The Dead-Tossed Waves

I’ve been fortunate enough to review both of Carrie Ryan’s horror/romance/action/post-apocalypse/period-drama zombie books. What I like about them (aside from the way they pull off that fivefold-hyphenate) is that they take zombies seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the z-word is not used; rather, the undead are “the Unconsecrated” or “the Mudo.” Classy, huh?

(Another thing I like about these books: their titles. The Forest of Hands of Teeth? The Dead-Tossed Waves? Are these not the coolest titles ever? Other authors should hire out Ryan’s services in this department.)

It’s with relief that I report that the trailer to The Dead-Tossed Waves does just about everything right in attracting its core audience. This production likely didn’t have a big budget, yet it generates a big-budget impact with smart shot compositions, great sound effects, and snappy editing that puts a pair of smitten lovers on a collision course with a panting, lurching monster. It also doesn’t hurt that the video has an interesting setting (a rusty amusement park), an unusual backdrop (mud + snow), and an atmospheric time of day (dusk). Trailer-makers, take note.

Verdict: Tastes good.



About the Author:

Dan Kraus is Booklist's Editor of Books for Youth. He is also the producer and director of numerous feature films, most notably the documentary Work Series, and the author of several YA novels, including Rotters and Scowler, both of which won the Odyssey Award. Follow him on Twitter at @DanielDKraus.

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  1. Keir Graff says:

    Agreed. Great trailer!

  2. Daniel Kraus says:

    Despite the “taking zombies seriously” thing, both of us managed to neglect mentioning your post from earlier this week, featuring a book that takes thing in the other direction:

  3. Keir Graff says:

    This is a better trailer. And, I suspect, a better book.

  4. Strange how a 1:30 book trailer can send me under the table. My family has a *real* fear of zombies. Even The Husband says, “You know how much I hate zombies”. I plan to read this at the dinner table.

  5.' Erin says:

    That may be the best book trailer I’ve ever watched! It definitely makes me want to pick up the book immediately, read it, and then have to sleep with the lights on all night.

  6.' sruble says:

    Awesome trailer! So interesting to see the setting and hear what the narrator is saying, compared to reading the first book.

    And I totally agree with you about the titles. They are made of awesome.


  7.' Tim Keeton says:

    The trailers for Carrie Ryan’s books have been fabulous. They definitely intrigue one enough to want to learn more.

  8.' Andye Eppes says:

    This is one of the best book trailers I have seen! Great job! Can’t wait to read this book!

  9.' Travis says:

    I can’t wait to read this one!

    I’ve been waiting for a while. 🙂

  10.' Lena says:

    Agreed. This is one of the better book trailers I’ve seen. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into The Dead-Tossed Waves.

  11.' Lisa B. says:

    This is a great trailer. I’m guessing that Unconsecrated is a “fast one”, because man was he fast. I can’t wait to read DTW!

  12.' Alannah says:

    It’s an awesome trailer!
    Can’t wait to read the book!

  13.' Allison says:

    Great trailer! Its one of the better that I’ve seen. I 100% agree with you about the book titles too.

  14.' Allan says:

    The trailer looks very good, I’m quite intrigued.

  15.' Stacy W says:

    This trailer was really great. I loved FoHaT and I can’t wait to read DTW.

  16.' Suzanne says:

    First thing that grabbed my attention was the teen voice over. Instantly sets in my mind the target audience for the book, and intrigues me: is this who the narrator might be? is she the POV? Suspense building in the trailer was well choreographed too, the music was a good mood-setter and well matched to the building suspense. Trailer has some artistic touches that I liked with the abandoned amusement park as the backdrop at dusk. Looking forward to the book.

  17.' Steph C says:

    This is a great and eerie trailer. I love the use of lighting.

  18.' Amy Nichols says:

    Great trailer! So much better than a lot of book trailers I’ve seen. I loved The Forest of Hands and Feet and am looking forward to reading The Dead-Tossed Waves.

  19.' Misty says:

    I can’t even begin to tell you how badly I want to get my hands on a copy of this book (and what a cover!). Trailer looks great!

  20.' Misty says:

    And yes, the titles are awesome. So interesting and intriguing. It’s why I read the first one in the first place; couldn’t get the title out of my head.

  21.' Green Fairy says:

    Great trailer. I loved the first book, The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I can’t wait to read this.

  22.' MJ says:

    It definitely makes me want to read it!


  23.' Colleen says:

    What a deliciously creepy trailer! Makes me want to read the book even more.

  24.' Katelin says:

    I didn’t realize that zombie – ahem, I mean, *the Unconsecrated* – moved that quickly. I’m hooked!

  25.' Brodie says:

    Kudos to the genius brains behind this fantastic trailer…. mmmmm braaaains *drools*. Ahem. Yes, they did a great job! If I hadn’t already been wanting to read this, the trailer would have definitely zombified my brain into buying it.

  26.' Bella F. says:

    great trailer! and I love the titles too, as well as the stories. Have yet to get Dead Tossed Waves but can’t wait to do so 🙂

  27.' Emily H says:

    Great trailer!

  28.' Donna S says:

    Great trailer. Thanks for sharing it!

  29.' Angie D says:

    This book looks great! I would love to read it.

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