Released: February 9, 2010 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 1 Followed By: The Dead-Tossed Waves Page Amount: 308, US Paperback POV: 1st Person (Mary) Buy it here: Borders•Barnes & Noble•Amazon OVERALL: Plot-18/20 Characters-16/20 Creativity-20/20 Writing-17/20 Pace-8/10 Ending-9/10 =88/100 B ★★★★/5 SUMMARY: 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? -Goodreads.com REViEW: The plot of The Forest of Hands and Teeth was pretty good. It was definitely unique and original. I never read a zombie book before so this was a new experience. To be honest the book was actually kind of depressing. I never truly felt happy while reading this book. It had a lot of action that was well executed and had a darker tone to it. This book was also very slow to me and was hoping that it would get more exciting, which it did not.
The characters were disappointing. I thought I would be able to relate to them in some way, but I couldn't. I didn't get attached to any of the characters (well maybe Argos, the dog). I did admire Mary's strength throughout this book, but didn't really connect with her love of the ocean.
The ending was pretty good. I was disappointed because of some of the deaths that occurred throughout the book but overall the ending was well done. I still had a lot of questions about the Sisterhood and the Forest that were left unanswered. My Favorite Part: The emotional roller-coaster Ms. Ryan puts you on. She really made me feel a lot of different emotions throughout her book.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes. It was unique, but it had some slow parts. Will I be reading the sequel? I think I will because Ms. Ryan's book was very creative and I would love to see what happens next.
Thank you all for reading! Did you like the Forest of Hands and Teeth? Is the rest of the series better? Let me know! I would love to hear your comments.