Thursday, March 25, 2010
Review : The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Synopsis : 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?
So, for the longest time, I thought I already reviewed this. I guess I didn't. Here we go :
Enter Mary's world. Imagine being raised in a fenced village. Imagine stories of the ocean, but never actually seeing it. Imagine knowing what lies outside the fence. When the alarm goes off, that means it's time to quickly climb the ladders and into safety's arms. What's there to be scared of? Oh, just your typical zombies (known as the Unconsecrated) who will either eat you or turn you. Good thing the Sisterhood is there to help protect them. And the guards will protect them as well. But what no one knows is the Sisterhood has a secret they've been hiding from the village. A crucial one that can change everything.
Carrie Ryan has written a beautiful story about how one girl deems to live beyond a world, created to protect her. You're pulled in from the first sentence to the very last. At times, I felt myself weaping over Mary's predictament. I don't know how she does it. Her family life is in ruins, she's in love with Travis, but his brother (Harry) loves her, and to top it all off, the Unconsecrated consistantly try to breach the fences.
Lets talk swoon worth boys. I adored Travis. Throughout the book, you can feel how hard it is for Mary to love him. She needs him, wants him and knows she can't have him. There are so many times I wanted to throw the book against the wall. The frustration was eating at me. I mean, give the girl a break. I've never wanted two people to be together more in my life! So what happens to them? Guess you'll have to read it to find out.
I know a lot people are iffy when it comes to zombie-post apocalypic tales. Trust me when I say, this isn't your ordinary tale. The writing is elegant, the story is original and the emotions are raw. I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good read. If you're in a horrible mood and need a lift, put this down. LOL, this will not lift your spirits. Unless you want a good cry...
But yes, awesome book. Now it's time to check out The Dead-Tossed Waves!