Monday, September 26, 2011

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
Young Adult: 308 Pages
Publisher: Delecorte Books
Published: February 9th, 2010
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth(Book #1)
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website

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?
“Who are we if not the stories we pass down? What happens when there's no one left to tell those stories? To hear them? Who will ever know that I existed? What if we are the only ones left -- who will know our stories then? Who will remember those?” - Mary

I've had this book sitting on my shelf for almost a year now. Why I had waited so long to pick it up? I don't know, but how I wish I picked it up sooner!

Carrie Ryan delivered a gripping novel about a shambled world. A universe that has been wiped out and replaced with the Unconsecrated. The dead out number the living. Trapping them into man made villages. Chainlink fences line these villages, somewhat protecting them from the living dead, but still people step to close, and get bit. One bite, is all it takes for the Return to start taking over your body. Be killed, or released into the Forest of Hands and Teeth with the rest of Them, it's your choice.

Carrie Ryan's world building blew me away. The ability she had to create such a haunting, terrifying picture had my spine tingling. I pondered more than one while reading this book "What Would I do?". I love a book that takes me from the real world, and places me dead centre into the characters world. That's what the author did for me with this book. The Forest of Hands and Teeth followed me everywhere, unable to put it down. I devoured this book almost in one sitting.

Mary was such an emotionally charged character. Her faith for the world outside the forest radiated off the pages. I could feel how badly she wanted to leave, to dip her toes in the ocean that she has heard so many wonderful stories of, and to find another surviver outside the villages. She wasn't a young girl that needed saving, she fought, and she fought hard. Her growing determination and stregth made for a great transformation in her character and a beautiful reading experience.

The book paints a dark picture: The undead, villages breeched, death, but in the heart of the novel is a heart-warming love story and discovery of one's self. The book is so much more than a "Zombie" book.
Carrie Ryan's lyrical writing style paired with her world building and stunning character devolopment made this book a favourite of mine!

First impression: Loved the cover, and Zombies!
Last impression: So much more than what I expected. Delivered a whole knew twist to the "undead" genre!
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  1. My favorite book in this series was the last one!!!

  2. I've heard a lot of good things about this series and Carrie Ryan's writing! I really need to check it out!

  3. I really loved this book too. I think this and the third are the best in the series and I'm really looking forward to what she writes next.


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