The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan

Thursday, June 24, 2010
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 she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about 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 a world surrounded in so much death?

I had read this book back in December and didn't like it at all. When I saw it at the library this week I thought to give it a shot because so many people liked it and I thought maybe I misunderstood it. I have to say that I still don't really love this book. I found the ending to be horrible and the idea of zombies don't really scare me.

I think the author tried to combine too many elements and it didn't work. For example - Mary is in love with Travis and she needs him - why? The author never really explains Mary's deep attraction to Travis and I thought the relationship between her and Harry was a little more strong because it had a bit of a back-story. Besides a few brief kissing encounters with Travis, she doesn't really talk to him.

The one part I did enjoy was the Sisterhood. I found them to be very intriguing and I loved when Mary was in the Cathedral and sneaking around to find answers. I think when they escaped was when it fell flat for me. I'm definitely going to read The Dead Tossed Waves, but I'm not going to put this one on my favorite series list!



Faye said...

great honest review! i haven't read this one. I heard it was good too. I guess i'll have 2 read it 4 myself :D

brizmus said...

I can't believe you read this book twice when you didn't like it the first time around. Impressive.
Just the fact that you thought to read it twice makes me want to read it, even if you didn't love it both times.

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