Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

 The Forest of Hands and Teeth
  The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Unfortunately, this book only gets 3 stars from me.  On one hand, the writing is great - very readable and compelling.  Unfortunately, the plot and story just didn't do it for me.

A small village exists, surrounded by fencing to keep out the "Unconsecrated" - which are zombies that like to feed on the humans.  The village is run by the Sisterhood and protected by Guardians.  The village has survived for so long that no one really knows why they live this way, why there are the Unconsecrated.

Mary has heard stories of the ocean from her mother all her life, and when the village is breached, she decides to leave and try to find another village and other humans.  Together with a few other survivors, they set out.

The story could have been fabulous, but nothing was ever explained.  Why are there zombies?  Why was the village set up the way it was?  How many other villages are there?  What about the paths - how and why are they there?  Why does no one travel them???? 

With a bit more work, this book could easily have been a 4 1/2 star book, but as it is, I don't really recommend it.


Jenny said...

I, surprisingly, loved this book! I am so shocked at how much I liked it because zombies are NOT my thing, lol! But you make some very good points with those questions! I didn't even question them, lol, but I can see where the answers would have added a lot to the story.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree. This book didn't do it for me. Even though I love Zombie stories!