Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Pages: 312

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 that she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and 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 and world surrounded by so much death?

This book was so incredible, kind of slow at first, but after three or four chapters it picked up gratuitously.  This is a definite must-read. I think zombies are taking over the love of paranormal writers hearts, because the last few books that I've read have had to do more with zombies rather than faeries and such. But this book wasn't your average zombie book which makes it even better,

The main character Mary is just your average teenage girl who dreams of bigger and better things past the fence. She dreams of the ocean because of the stories that her mother passed down to her. 
Travis is the guy that Mary falls in love with but he doesn't want to marry her because his brother loves her. In the end he dies saving Mary from the Unconsecrated.
Harry is Travis' brother who wants to marry Mary. He is kind of annoying actually. But he was a key character to the book. 
Cass is Mary's best friend and engaged to Travis. She's a whimp. Like no lie. I wanted to hit her a number of tines throughout the book.
Jed is Mary's brother. He's an ass. Excuse my French but he really is. He throws Mary out and then wants to bring her back and then freezes her out again after his wife gets infected. I didn't like him much.

The plot is that Mary lives in a town ruled by the Sisterhood, and the Guardians. The village is surrounded by a fence, with the forest on the outside. You don’t leave the closure of the fence no matter what, unless you are infected by the Unconsecrated. Where the two paths lead no one knows. The Sisterhood tell everybody that they are the last people on Earth, only Mary knows that’s not true. Mary’s mother raised her on stories of the ocean and Mary decides that she’s going to escape the fence and find her ocean. So after a breach in the fence that’s exactly what she does. She makes her escape into the forest. But the Forest of Hands and Teeth is not what she expected.

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants a good thinking book, because this book makes you think about what's important to you, what love is, and most of all would you risk everything for your dreams? It took me less than a day to read this just because I couldn't put it down. Happy Reading. :)

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