The Forest of Hands and Teeth
By Carrie Ryan
Why this book?
Mary lives in a village, surrounded on all sides by a fence, which protects the people within from what lives in the forest. She follows the rules laid out by the Sisterhood, to keep her safe from the Unconsecrated. But things are not as simple as they first appear. There are secrets within this sanctuary, and when the fences are breached, Mary must make a difficult choice – between her village, and her future. Is there a life beyond the Forest of Hands and Teeth?
It was inevitable there would be a zombie story on my list, but this one is definitely worth mentioning. The setting feels unique (a certain M Night Shyamalan movie notwithstanding), and provides a constant, looming threat on the horizon, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. Unlike other zombie novels, The Forest of Hands and Feet is a slow burner, but this isn’t a bad thing. As Mary’s life slowly falls apart around her, we feel her despair and helplessness, and there are times when the zombies don’t even feel like her biggest threat.
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