The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth 
308 pages

"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 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, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.  Now 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 by so much death?"

summary from inside cover of The Forest if Hands and Teeth (Delacorte Press, 1st edition 2009)

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan is about a girl named Mary who lives in walled town in the middle of a forest.  They are totally isolated from anything else and they are the only humans left alive on earth, or so they are told.  The reason they are protected by Barriers is because after the Return, anyone bitten by the Unconsecrated (they are like zombies) will become Infected and become one of them.  One day though, Mary sees someone who has come from the forest.  Her entire life, she has heard stories of the ocean and she has always wanted to leave to find it.  In the end she makes it there, but the main thing I didn't like about the book was Mary and her obsession with the ocean.  By the time she made it there, everyone she loved was dead.  She said she loved them but she literally sacrificed their lives in her quest to find the ocean.  It just really bothered me how she would throw herself at two guys and make long speeches about how much she loved them, and then was the cause of their death because she couldn't let go of the ocean.  Overall it wasn't to bad, but it wasn't the best book I've read, although zombies are new.  I've never read a book about them.  Rating: 2 stars, this is because I found a lot of the things Mary did annoying, as you can tell from my rant about her ...

p.s. I am reading the second book now and will post about it soon

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