Title: The Forest of Hands & Teeth
Tagline: The Unconsecrated are never alone. You are...
Genre: YA Fiction/Zombies
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (February, 2010)
Paperback: 336 pages
Description from GoodReads:
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?
Let's see... what to say about The Forest of Hands and Teeth? It is definitely not a bad book. I found it original and unlike typical zombie stories. Mary's world has been overtaken by the Unconsecrated, before she was even born. The Sisterhood has led her village to believe that, because of God's grace, they are the last surviving humans in the world. Mary doesn't buy this. Her curiosity has led her to question the Sisterhood and their laws; By doing so, she may have stumbled into something much bigger than herself, while at the same time realizing her childhood love interest.
The story is well-written and easy to follow, however, at times felt as if I was forcing myself to continue. I would have loved if the story had less repetition and more character development. Mary swore that she would die for this Travis character, yet as a reader I could not figure out why. Their dog had more of a personality. Not to mention Mary's selfish/annoying/whiny self made me want to yell at the book like a madman while on the train to work. I'm not saying it's a bad book, just not perfect.