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The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
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bookshelves: ya-zombies, ya-dystopia, fiction
Read in January, 2009

First in a trilogy (?) set in a world where humans are confined to small enclaves, walled in from the Forest of Hands and Teeth, which is the great wilderness between towns, rumored to be crawling with zombies.

As far as world-building this series was solidly average, though in a market with a glut of zombified worlds there isn't much to separate Ryan's series from the rest.

She does create differences among the types of zombies, including the minor character Gabrielle (faster, smarter) in the first book who goes on to be the namesake of the main character in the second book. I liked the idea of faster, smarter, thinking zombies, but there are similar tropes to be found in the Jonathan Maberry or Patrick Ness zombie series.

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