So first Stephenie Meyer made me fall in love with vampires. Then she made me fall in love with werewolves. And now? Carrie Ryan has made me fall in love with zombies...well maybe not the actual zombies, but the idea that zombies can be added into a young adult novel and it can be thrilling, enjoyable, and heart-wrenching all at the same time. Darn those author women.
Taking place in a post-apocalypse era, The Forest of Hands and Teeth follows Mary, a young girl residing in a village surrounded by a zombie-filled forest. If someone gets too close to the fence or happens to be crazy enough to leave the village, he or she will be bitten and will also turn into a flesh-driven zombie. After the "death" of her mother, Mary is sent to live with the Sisterhood, the strict religious government system of the village, out to force the residents to forget that there was ever a world before zombies.
Mary is soon forced to live out her worst nightmare when the fence is breached and zombies are all over her village, forced to flee with a few other residents, all of them must work together to stay alive, though none are even sure that's what they want to do at all.
Incredibly haunting and a total page-turner, Carrie Ryan's first book had my heart in my throat throughout the book. There's love, heartbreak, action, and ZOMBIES! Crazy, but sooooo enjoyable.
Definitely recommended for teens and those adults that just couldn't get enough of Twilight.
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The Forest of Hands and Teeth