I was really excited to read the second installment of the Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy. Sadly, this was really disappointing. The first volume was full of so much suspense that I couldn’t put it down. It took me until the middle, close to the end, of this volume to get to that point.
I found myself greatly disliking the main character Gabry. If the novel contained anymore angst, it would physically drip from the pages. Dear God, talk about painful. I understand she’s a teenager, but from page three she starts the whines. And it isn’t like any of the other characters make better choices. No wonder the human race is doomed! They’re our best and bravest!
Of course the book ends with a surprise and a Romeo-and-Juliet-kind-of-painful-separation of an ending, so now I have to read the third book. Ugh. Don’t you hate that? When most of the book is bad and then they really get you at the end? Stupid zombies. Stupid teenagers. Stupid cliffhangers.
To conclude, only read this one if you’re determined to finish the series. The second and third book take place in a different time (several years after the first). Mary plays a very minor role in the plot, so even if you really liked her in the first book, don’t feel like you have to read this one to continue the story.
Also, how much would have sucked to have been that girl on the cover? All that sand in my hair and clothes? Ew.