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Title: The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Author: Carrie Ryan
Category: Fiction, Young Adult
Why I Read It: This was a title in Rhiannon’s Dystopia Challenge, not to mention I’ve read a ton of glowing reviews.
Summary: Mary lives in the last known human village in a world overrun by the undead. A system of fences separates the humans from the Unconsecrated who crave their flesh. When the fences aren’t enough to protect her family and then the man she loves asks another to marry him, Mary is forced to join the Sisterhood.
Review: Man oh man, I loves me a good dystopia. I devoured this zombilicious story in less than a day. I was a little skeptical about that tricky little thing called suspension of disbelief because, c’mon. Zombies. But aspects of this world were eerily plausible.
From a writer’s perspective, this book is an excellent example of how to not go easy on your characters. As a reader, I ate up every juicy bit of it. Mostly. In a few spots when hope was as scarce as a tan in a throng of zombies, I wanted a silver lining. Even a speck of metallic dust would have been nice.
Still loved it, though. And oh dear, the Mary and Travis scenes. Mmm. Imagine me using my best zombie voice when I say “MORE!”
A little taste for you:
It is a complicated process, giving a living human over to the Forest of Hands and Teeth. The Guardians found out years ago that the transfer cannot be done too early because a live human cast into the Forest is nothing but food for the Unconsecrated who will tear at their flesh and eat until there is nothing left.
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