Saturday, September 11, 2010

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Title: The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1)
Author: Carrie Ryan
Pages: 308 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Adult
Published on: February 9th' 2010
Buy the book: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

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 about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, 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 in so much death?
(Summary from Goodreads)


I guess I'm kind of late with this book. At first when I would see this book at my local bookstores I would just walk passed it and think, "Who would write a zombie book?" I guess, to me writing a zombie novel was an absurd idea. But when I finally budged and took Andye's (Reading Teen) advice and bought the book...
I guess I proved myself wrong. This book freaked me out. A lot. It has the ultimate scare factor. BUT I enjoyed it. A lot. The way Carrie Ryan tells the story through Mary's eyes and the way she describes the Unconsecrated, it's very spine-chilling. As I was reading this book I couldn't help but sympathize with Mary when she had to make her decision. Though, I found Mary quite self-centered when it came to Travis and Harry. The way she thought that Travis belonged to her and was quite inconsiderate with the feelings of both Cass and Harry. So one day as I was waking up I decided to stop procrastinating and try finishing the book. Though, I found the starting quite long and quite boring, I really enjoyed it. I couldn't help myself... I ended up crying my eyes out as it ended. As soon as I finished it, I went to a bookstore with my mom and bought its sequel; The Dead-Tossed Waves. (I can't wait to finish it!)
This is an amazing book (it hit my emotional spot) and I have to say it won't disappoint. Great job, Ms. Carrie Ryan! Take some time and check the book out!


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