The Forest of Hands and Teeth
by Carrie Ryan
# of pages: 320
Age range: 13+
In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?
There had been a lot of hype about "The Forest of Hands and Teeth", so I was super excited to find it in my small town library (usually I go to a bigger one). Carrie Ryan, the author, really surprised me with her writing abilities. Not only was her writing amazing, her plot was rich and well developed, as were her characters, and I always felt like I was right there in the story.
Sixteen year old Mary is the main character in this book, and she has a lot of unresolved issues. Her mother is dead, her brother doesn't want her, the man she loves choose another girl, and her love's brother wants her to be his wife. So unwillingly Mary joins The Sisterhood where she prays to a God she no longer believes in, and lived under the watchful eye of Sister Tabitha. But all is not what it seem in The Sisterhood, secrets are kept, and loyalties are constantly being put to the chance.
When disaster strikes, Mary, along with the closest people she has to family, leave the village in search of a new home, and Mary hopes it is her chance to finally see the ocean. But all the while they must dodge the likes of the Unconsecrated (zombies), who relentlessly try to kill them.
In this zombie apocalypse novel Mary learns more than she ever could about herself, and about her friends. Love, loss, heartbreak, and hope, The Forest of Hands and Teeth has it all and more, and I highly recommend it. If you liked the book you might want to check out:
The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins
Bones of Faerie: Jannie Lee Simner
Graceling: Kristin Cashore
Pride Predjudice and Zombies: Seth Grahame-smith
A Great and Terrible Beauty: Libba Bray
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