Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Book Review by Tara

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Though it may not look like it from the title or cover, this book is about the zombie apocalypse. However, it’s a refreshing change from all the Twilight-esque vampire/zombie/werewolf/fairy/pixie/
selkie/witch/shapeshifter/boy-who-turns-into-a-fire-hydrant-on-Wednesdays romances out there. For starters, the zombie threat is always an outside one (no star-crossed dead or undead lovers here!), and this is just the story of a group of young people trying to survive.

Mary and her friends live in a village surrounded by the Forest of Hands and Teeth, where the Unconsecrated wait to feast on human flesh. The world in which Mary lives is supposedly one in our future, after The Return, when the dead begin to come back to life. However, the constant threat of the Unconsecrated, along with years spent isolated in a small enclosed village, has made the villagers scared and allowed religious zealots with their own questionable agendas to take control. Once the village’s fences are breeched and the village overrun, Mary & her friends must make their way through covered paths in the forest in hopes of finding a safe haven. Of course, things are never that simple—she’s also dealing with family issues and convoluted love triangles along the way. Read this book soon—the sequel is out next year!