The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Carrie Ryan

This book is a post-apocalyptic tale of Mary, a teen whose life is about to change forever.  There are zombies in this one–something we all know I adore like no one’s business.  The novel explores the ties between friends, family and lovers in a world where an early death is expected.  Though the whole book is told from Mary’s perspective, we get to see a bit of the way brothers react to loving the same person and the way best friends and siblings react to different kinds of loss.

At first I thought the Sisterhood would have a huge part in the story and I got really excited.  There are very few things cooler than a zombie novel.  Zombie novels with secrets and religious cults?  That’s pretty much as awesome as you can get.  Sadly, the Sisterhood and their secrets don’t really develop after Mary leaves the village.

Even though the book focuses a lot on Mary and her silly love relationships, it does an excellent job of describing zombies and making the reader terrified when things go poorly.  For that, I really liked reading this one.  This is book one in a trilogy, so I’m hoping a lot of the unanswered questions are put to rest in the next book, though from what I can tell, the next one is about Mary’s daughter.  I already checked it out of the library, so I’ll be sure to let you guys know.

Also, rumor has it there’s a movie in the works for this one.  If they cast Kristen whatsherface as Mary, I will scream.  I can’t wait to see how they make the zombies though.  That should be fun.  Be sure to check this one out if you’re into thrilling zombie attacks!

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