Thursday, June 17, 2010
Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
There is very little that changes in the village that Mary lives in. Everyday the Unconsecrated attempt to infect another of the living. Everyday the villagers try to live a life that the Sisterhood tells them is best.
When Mary's father went missing a few months before it was assumed he became one of the Unconsecrated but Mary's mother continued to hope he would return. When her mother was bitten and infected as well, Mary's life began to unravel.
As if losing both her parents to the Unconsecrated were not enough, no one speaks for her to court her for marriage, as is the custom in her village and her brother turns her away and forces her to join the Sisterhood. It is during this time at the Sisterhood that she discovers that nothing is as it seems.
When the Unconsecrated breach the fence and nearly everyone is lost to them, she must decide between staying in the place she has always known and trusted and searching for the ocean that her mother spoke of when she was a child. She must fight for her life and for those of the ones she loves.
Is there more to the world than what the Sisterhood has told them? Should she marry the one who loves her or should she fight to be with the one she loves?
Mary's story is a gripping one that I could not get enough of. I found myself rooting for her and hoping she would succeed. There were times that I wanted to scream at her but most of the time I just wanted her to find what she was looking for. I wanted her to be happy and to be able to believe in something worth believing in.
I give The Forest of Hands and Teeth 4 solid stars.
Check out more from Carrie Ryan HERE. I look forward to reading more from her and have already started The Dead-Tossed Waves, book two in the series.