by Carrie Ryan
Kindle Edition – Read May 28, 2012
Cost: $9.99 (As of This Post)
Length: 322 pages
Official Description: (This is book 1 of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series)
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?
Oh I love zombies, I love delving into a dystopian world even if the world has been the way it is since before anyone in the book can remember. Coming into a world is sometimes better than starting off in it. I don’t know if that makes sense but I really like this kind of book. Well, kind of . I would have loved more zombies and mayhem, but mostly this book is about Mary, trying to figure out who Mary is and who she loves. This is a love story, kind of. It feels like a teenage angst filled hormonal story, that happens to be surrounded by the dead. Is there action? A little, not too much though, definitely not enough. The world is woven wonderfully, there is some great imagery and Mary is fairly flushed out. Just Mary though, we have multiple other characters, but most of the time those characters are very annoying and unstable. The boys can’t make up their minds about who they want. Mary though, she’s in a world of her own and she’s also very brooding, a bit selfish, with a tad of whine. Torn into grief from the loss of her mother and father, she’s cast into the sisterhood where she uncovers a ton of secrets. Then everything just goes from bad to worse. I wasn’t expecting this to turn out the way it did. The book didn’t end, it just . . . stopped. I will pick up book #2 because it still has zombies, and the book was enjoyable and it’s a quick read.
“ Who are we if not the stories we pass down? What happens when there’s no one left to tell those stories? To hear them? Who will ever know that I existed? What if we are the only ones left — who will know our stories then? Who will remember those?”