June 9, 2010

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

About: Mary knows little about the past and why the world now contains two types of people: those in her village and the undead outside the fence, who prey upon the flesh of the living. The Sisters protect their village and provide for the continuance of the human race. After her mother is bitten and joins the Unconsecrated, Mary is sent to the Sisters to be prepared for marriage to her friend Harry. But then the fences are breached and the life she has known is gone forever. Mary, her friends and family, set out into the unknown to search for safety, answers to their questions, and a reason to go on living.

Review: I like the whole post apocalyptic setting with the ever present zombies or the 'unconsecrated' just on the other side of the fence lining their homes. It was intense, interesting and intriguing. People died which is natural for in that kind of setting, so I liked it. The one thing I didn't like about the book was the main character, Mary. She was very annoying with her whole ocean fantasy and she cried a lot. Also she claims she is so in love with Harry's brother Travis, but it bothered me how she never kisses him or embraces him. All she does is talk about how she wants to kiss him and wants to touch him even though she had plenty of chances. But when she wants to leave the fence or save his life, shes right there doing those things. Also Ryan seemed to repeat herself a lot about Mary's feelings and dreams. I mean I got that Mary wants to see the ocean, and that she misses her mother, and that she wants to see that ocean, and that she loves Travis, and that she wants to see the ocean, and that there's something beyond the forest and that she wants to see the ocean...do you get my point here? Despite all this I liked this book and I can't wait to read the sequel.

-The sequel is The Dead Tossed Waves.

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