Sunday, September 13, 2009

REVIEW: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan


Mary lives in a secluded village in the forest of hands a teeth. This village is in a world ruled by the sisterhood a group of women with secrets who are thought to know what's best for their world. Mary dreams of leaving the village. The only problem is that there village is surrounded by the Unconsecrated, who are kept out by the fence that surrounds them. When no one speaks for her when she is of age to marry, Mary is forced to join the Sisterhood, where she learns things she never wanted to know about the sisterhood, the guardians and there power. When the fence is breached and the village is thrown into chaos Mary must make a decision to choose between the village and the possibility of a life and land beyond.

Throughout the entire book the creatures outslide the village are called the unconcecrated in actuality they are zombies. Even though this book is a zombie book it really didn't feel like one to me. It is hard to explain but Carrie Ryan has a way of describing the zombies that makes you almost feel for them and not think that they are vicious man eaters. I love post apocalyptic/distopic novels and this one was great. There is a little romance, a lot of action and twists that keep you reading through the night.

The one thing I did have a little issue with was that the romance between Mary and Travis seemed forced and never really developed at the beginning of the novel. It seemed like they just were instantly lovers even though they were not initially at the beginning of the book. Also the beginning of the book moved a little fast for me. How Mary progresses from normal life to all of a sudden being in the sisterhood.

The description of the village and the world that Mary lives in is great. It really gives you a feeling of what it would be like if you were living in a world full of danger but just looking past it. Like hearing the moans of the unconcecrated all day but just hearing it like a buzz in the background.

Overall, I think this was a good book and worth a read for something different. This book is really unique and Carrie Ryan certainly has a unique atypical imagination.