The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another book that gets 5/5*!
This book is a dystopian novel and it is also about zombies. Although in this book they call them the "Unconsecrated".
The story starts off in a small village that is surrounded by a forest named, The Forest of Hands and Teeth. The people of the village make sure that they never approach the fence that surrounds their village, separating it from the forest, unless they want to suffer dire consequences.
The story also centers around a girl named Mary who doesn't want to entirely live by the rules of the village. Since birth the children are taught that there is nothing beyond the fence and the forest where the unconsecrated are. They are taught about God, and that The Sisterhood decides what is right and what will happen in the village.
There are also certain rituals that the village takes part in every year, which I find quite interesting.
Mary, though, has heard stories from her mom about a world past the forest and has grown to believe in the stories so much that she does nothing but daydream about them. Until one day when something horrible happens to their village and the only way for Mary and her friends to survive is to flee and hope that there is something past the forest like Marys mother has told her.
On their journey of survival they come face to face with death and they discover things about themselves that they wouldn't have realized if they didn't have to face such scary and intense stuff as they have.
This story was very well written. The story flowed so nicely that before I knew it I was already 100 pages in. I like the idea for the story and they way that Carrie makes her zombies or unconsecrated.
The characters were also nicely done. You see how, Mary especially, develops and she is a strong character, which I like, but not too strong. She does what she has to when the time comes, but yet you still see that she is scared just like the rest of them.
I cannot wait to read "The Dead Tossed Waves" next!
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