The Forest of Hands and Teeth
by Carrie Ryan
Expected Publication: April 2013
Length: 322 pages
Synopsis 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?
Wow, I never thought I would call a book about Zombies beautiful, but The forest of Hands and Teeth, just grabs you from the start to the finish. It is a beautiful Haunting Dystopian Read, about a village that is kept safe from surrounding zombies by a large fence, the villagers are taught that the surrounding forest is all that is in the world, nothing else exists.
Mary is different to everyone else in the Village, she doesn’t believe that the forest and their village is the only life left in the world, her family have passed down stories of oceans, that Mary becomes obsessed with.
After Mary’s parents are killed she is sent to live in a convent type building run by the sisters, they are also in charge of the village, Mary starts to uncover that the Sisters may not be telling the truth and that there is life outside their walls. The village is thrown into chaos when the zombies, breach their walls leaving mary and a handful of others (including the boy who is supposed to marry Mary and his brother who Mary loves.) to wander the forest to find the ocean and any other surviving villages.
I loved this story and I am looking forward to reading the rest in the series.