Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Title: The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Author: Carrie Ryan
Genre: Young Adult
Stand alone or series: Can be read as a stand alone.
Its companion novel, The Dead-Tossed Waves, was recently released.

Cover Blurb:
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, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

Now 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 by so much death?

I’ve often wondered how I would prepare and endure a zombie apocalypse.  I’m dead serious.  No pun intended.  I’m sure I’m receiving a few squirrely looks.  Don’t judge me people.  Anyway, my cousin and I have had multiple discussions about weapons, escape routes, obtaining pilot/helicopter licenses.  You name it, we’ve covered it.  But we’ve never discussed being born into a zombie apocalypse scenario.

I thought this book was pretty amazing.  Carrie Ryan throws out her magic fishing line and pulls you into this gritty reality as soon as you start reading.  It’s been a while since I’ve felt desperation, hopelessness, claustrophobia, and anxiety all in the same sitting.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s moments of happiness, hope (however small), and love.  But for the most part the book gives you the overwhelming feeling of an endless struggle.

The book delivers these amazing moments and visuals that stick with you.  I read the book about a month and a half ago and I still get crazy anxiety at the thought of a red hoodie (anyone who’s read the book will know what I’m talking about).  The cast of characters work well together.  However, there were times when I wasn’t sure if I wanted to love Mary or slap her senseless.  I don’t read a lot of YA because sometimes it’s hard for me to relate to all of the teenage angst and what not.  Even though I’m sure someone’s wanted to slap me senseless during my formative years due to my own teenage angst.

There were some crazy plot twists that left me devastated and angry but, it’s what makes this book so amazing.  If you’re a fan of zombies and/or post-apocalyptic stories, then this book is for you.  You will not be disappointed.

For more information about Carrie and/or The Dead-Tossed Waves, please visit her website.

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