Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Mary lives in a type of post apocalyptic world where the Unconsecrated (Zombies or infected people) are always a threat. Her isolated village is surrounded by a fence and ruled by the Sisterhood , who claim to always know what’s best.  However, as Mary continues to lose the ones she loves to the Unconsecrated and sees someone from outside the village she begins to question the Sisterhood and the limitations they set. When there is a breach in the fence, she takes the opportunity to escape the village and head down an unknown path leading away from the village in the hopes of finding some answers. As she travels down the path with those who escaped she’ll be forced to make decisions between the safety of the group and her dreams and between the one she loves and the one who loves her.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a very fast paced, suspense filled novel. It is somewhat similar to The Village by M.N Shyamalan, but with a lot more action as the characters fight against the flesh eating Zombies! The writing was good, but there were some problems with pacing. A few areas were a little drawn out while others were incredibly fast. While a style that is often really effective, it’s not one that I personally like. The characters were well written and the love story incredibly frustrating (which I liked). You know you’re engaged in a book when you’re physically yelling at the characters! For those who are interested in zombies or like fast paced supernatural-esque romances, this is a great book.

Other books by Carrie Ryan: The Dead-Tossed Waves

Other zombie books: Generation Dead by Dan Walters, Zombie Blondes by Brian James, Kiss of Life by Dan Walters, The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan and Soulless by Christopher Golden 

Rating: 4Q 5P MJS

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*this is the first book in a series of three. The second book, The Dead-Tossed Waves, is set to come out March 9 2010.

**There is a buzz that The Forest of Hands and Teeth movie will be made, although author Carrie Ryan says it’s still too early to tell.


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