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Monday, December 28, 2009

Carrie Ryan: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

If someone had told me that I would read and enjoy a book about zombies, I would have looked at them like they were absolutely insane. I don't do zombies. But once I picked up The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan--after my Mom read and raved about it--I was hooked.

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?

A zombie apocalypse. Whoa!

What an interesting and absolutely unnerving idea for a book.

While I found Mary to be slightly naive and boy-obsessed at times, I couldn't hate her for it. She was just a kid. And, quite frankly, she handled things with more courage than I could have. Her narration offered a bit of hope in a terrifying time.

Carrie Ryan created a world filled with love, grief, lies, survival, and flesh-eating zombies that left me feeling scared, grossed out, and absolutely riveted.

May I have a sequel, please?

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