The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1) by Carrie Ryan
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?
This was my first zombie book (technically they are Unconsecrated in this book, but zombies all the same) and it was a great introduction into the flesh eating undead! I already have my eyes on a few other zombie books!
For some reason I didn’t read this book in one sitting or in one day like is somewhat normal for me. Instead I read the first half little by little over two weeks and then finished up the second half in one sitting.
The first half is a little slower pace because there’s a lot to learn about the relationships between the Sisterhood, the main characters, and the Unconsecrated. The pace then picked up in the second half and I flew right through it. Well, aside from a certain devastating part where I had to put the book down for a minute because I was tearing up. Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised by this particular part but I was! I was also a little unsettled with the main character’s decision towards the end. Half of me was rooting her on and the other half was yelling ‘What the heck are you doing!?’. I just hope she’s happy with her choice.
Overall I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a good undead read!