The Forest of Hands and Teeth is an amazing post-apocalyptic zombie novel. I can’t believe that it came from a first-time author. Carrie Ryan is the shit! This book rocks. It’s so good. And I can’t believe it’s marketed to young-adults. Anyway, did I mention this book is great?
In short, the novel captures the ‘look and feel’ of movies like The Village and 28 Days perfectly. Even though it is intended for a young adult audience this book really creeped me out. I spent most of the time biting my nails in suspense. It’s a pretty freakin’ amazing and absolutely thrilling post-apocalyptic zombie novel with a love triangle. The prose is amazing, too. This book is very well-written. The world sucked me right in. Carrie Ryan has a way with words. And it made the book so much more enjoyable to read.
Let me tell you Mary is a badass heroine. She’s intelligent, she asks questions, she never gives up and she has a dream. She is awesome. There is no happy ending when she falls into the waiting arms of her prince, victoriously looking down on tons of rotting flesh. No, she literally claws her way out. At times, this book can get really depressing. But I liked it nonetheless. There is no good versus evil, no angel versus devil, any rainbows and sunshine after the storm. Every day is worse than the one before. Imagine waking up every day to the sight of zombies clawing at the chain-link fence surrounding your house and living in constant fear of a breach. Imagine your life is being mapped out for you by some semi-religious group called the Sisterhood. Imagine watching everybody you know die a horrible death and turning against you. I admire Mary for not giving up, not backing down and still following her dream, no matter what.
If you like The Forest of Hands and Teeth you’ll be happy to know that there two sequels: The Dead-Tossed Waves and The Dark and Hollow Places.