I was initially not really interested in this book as I don't really get the whole zombie thing. I couldn't imagine that I would be terribly interested in reading a book about zombies, so I figured I'd give it a miss. But then I read Lenore's review and she mentioned that people who enjoyed impossible love stories, (i.e. The Hunger Games) would enjoy this one.
I was so there.
I read this book during the 24 Hour Readathon, and it was the perfect book for that event because it starts out with a bang and really doesn't relent. Mary lives in a village that is enclosed by gates. Their situation is quite precarious because just outside of those gates are the living dead...zombies who long to consume their flesh. The zombie's hunger is great, but the Sisterhood has many rules in place to protect their people.
Mary, our heroine, has run out of options on what to do with her life. She joins the Sisterhood but due to her curious and questioning nature is not fully accepted as one of them. While she is staying there, Travis is injured and comes to stay. Mary cares for Travis and falls in love with him, but he has already promised commitment to her best friend. And then one day, an unusual zombie, one who is faster and stronger than the others breaks into the village...and life for Mary and her friends will never be the same.
This is a book with extremely high stakes and lots of action. Mary is a very strong character--she has a dream of what life was like before The Return and she longs to reclaim a piece of that now. At times, her stubborn nature really got on my nerves, but for the most part I was cheering her on and wishing everyone else would listen to her.
This story is in many ways quite bleak. There's lots of death and sorrow, and yes, I cried! But a tiny little flower of hope takes root in the pages.
With brisk pacing and characters you care about, The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a page-turning great read!
Things You Might Want to Know: There are zombies in this story.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth is published by Delacorte books for Young Readers.