Title: The Forest of Hands and Teeth.
Author: Carrie Ryan
I was thinking of doing a mini review for this one along with 2 other books, but then this book deserves a post of it’s own. I knew I would like this book but I didn’t think I would like it this much, love it actually.
Mary lives in a secluded world, a village which is surrounded by forests on all sides, forests that are infested with zombies and hence make it impossible for anyone to travel to and from the forest. Apparently the whole world is infected by zombies and Mary and her village believe that theirs is the only place that still has people, all because of the fences that guard the forest.
The sisterhood and the church has a very strong control over the village, so much that the villagers believe and follow everything that is said by the sisterhood. But Mary has different dreams. She dreams of a world outside her village, a world where there is an ocean and a world where there is no sisterhood to control every aspect of her life. But she is trapped in her village because of the zombies.
But one day, everything changes, the zombie defenses are broken and the zombies enter the village. What ensues is a journey to find a safe heaven and another village like her own, to look for her dream and find out if it exists.
I have one word for The Forest of Hands and Teeth – Intense. Other words I can use are dark, creepy, thrilling and beautiful. I would never have thought I would call a book that has Zombies in it beautiful, but trust me it is. The sheer beauty of Carrie Ryan’s writing and her ability to induce such emotions in a zombie story is what gives the story a different level altogether.
Although it’s YA, I would recommend it to everybody. The next book is called Dead Tossed Waves and I’ll definitely be reading it.