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The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
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May 06, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fourstars, horror, middling, sci-fi, youngadult

This is a facinating take on the zombie apocalypse theme. It's been generations since the zombies, or "unconsecrated", changed the world. Mary lives in a small village ran by The Sisterhood in the middle of the Forest of Hands and Teeth. There's a fence that keeps back the unconsecrated and Mary's father was lost years ago. Mary and her mother and brother keep an eye out for him among the unconsecrated, but they've never caught sight of him. Mary's mother, one day, gets too close to the fence and is bitten. She has the choice, thereafter, of being killed before she becomes unconsecrated or joining their ranks. She chooses to join them and Mary consents. Mary's brother is out on patrol at the time and is furious with Mary when he returns to find out what's been done. As the new leader of their household, he kicks her out of their home and Mary has no other option but to go and live among the Sisterhood.

What she finds there, what the Sisterhood does to change the fragile balance they've been trying to maintain, and what Mary discovers about their world is the meat of the book. But she also has to worry about relationships, who she loves and can loving someone ever be enough when there might be something called the ocean in the world?

I quite loved this book. I was simultaneously frustrated and pleased with how the main character was limited in information and how appropriate her levels of knowledge were and yet how frustrating it was not to know more.

An excellent read for the zombie fan.
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