Gabry grows up in a lighthouse on a sandy beach, an amusement park lying on the horizon. To some, this would seem like a fairy tale, and without the Mudo, the zombies who wash up along shore (necessitating her mother, Mary, to kill them) and who patrol the amusement park, it might be a fairy tale.

Gabry and her friends defy curfew to play at the park, but the bright lights attract the Mudo. A Breaker, a breed of ultra fast zombie, attacks the group. Cira, Mary’s best friend, and her brother are among the group–the group of friends is changed forever that night.

The group is punished

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
416 pages; Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Hardcover; March 2010 Retail: $17.99