New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan returns to the terrifying world of the Forest of Hands and Teeth with the short story, “Flotsam & Jetsam.” When the zombie outbreak erupts on their ship during their senior cruise, two friends escape in a life raft only to find themselves adrift in an endless ocean with no rescue in sight. What’s worse: one of them is infected.
Note: this 5,000 word short story was originally published in the anthology The Living Dead 2 edited by John Joseph Adams.
Title: Flotsam & Jetsam (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #0.2)
Author: Carrie Ryan
Page count: 36 pages
Released: October 29, 2013
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Horror
Type: Kindle Edition
For such a short story, Flotsam & Jetsam has a lot of emotion packed into it. I usually find Carrie Ryan’s writing in this series to be quite separated and void of emotions – which works perfectly, since they’re zombies and all – but this felt different. It was interesting to see how somebody would react to a zombie bite; thinking they would die whether they were bitten or not, and losing all hope. This story is about friendship, really, and not wanting to be alone.
This would have been a really good beginning to a full length book, and with what happens at the end, I wish it was!