Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Published March 10th 2009 by Gollancz
Paperback, 310 pages
Genre: YA, Dystopian

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?---Goodreads

This book was amazing!! I never thought I would say that about a book that has zombies in it but I can't deni how moved I was while reading this story. To give you a little visual aide as to what this book is like I would say it is a cross between The Village and I Am Legend but without the scientific experiments. It's devestating and soo addicting. I couldn't put the book down because I just had to know what was going to happen next. The action and suspense never stopped.

I love and admire Mary's character. She is a very strong girl who wants to be incharge of her own destiny. Mary is inquisitive and brave but also vulnerable. Now, I don't want to give too much away but this was the most civialized love triangle I have ever read. But, I felt is was very fitting since they feel they are the only survivers left in the world and wouldn't be able to just get up and leave the protections of the village. All the characters involved were faced with the responsiblilty to carry on the survival of the human race while abandoning their true hearts desire.

 Be prepared for lots of hearbreak and tears! I was so devestated at the end of this book but I also felt hope. I can't wait to read the rest of this series. Hopefully we get to see more of Mary, Jed, Harry and Cass in the next books.
"There is always a choice, Mary," Sister Tabitha says..."It is what makes us human, what seperates us form them."pg 34
Jeb--" The sisterhood has it wrong," he says."It's not about surviving. It should be about love. When you know love...that's what makes this life worth it. When you live with it every day.Wake up with it, hold on to it during the thunder and after a nighmare. When love is your refuge from the death that surrounds us all and when it fills you so tight that you can't express it."pg 155
Sex-o-meter: kissing
Drug-o-meter: none
The Splattered Heart Award is for books that truly capture the intense feeling of a broken heart.

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