Random House Children's Books
Ages 14 +
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 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 got on a zombie kick this summer, and Ryan's book is one of several titles I selected. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. This is a strong story about a small community protected from a vast infestation of zombies by a fence. The zombies are relentless and hungry, and one bite will infect the next victim.
Ryan's descriptions of this world are tight and frightening. The characters are strong, the story engaging. Basically, I really enjoyed the read enough to purchase book two in the series, which I rarely do.
If you crave a little bit of gore and lot of tension, then The Forest of Hands and Teeth is for you.