Story 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?
My Review:Let me start off by saying that I'm not a huge fan of Zombie movies, with the exception of Shaun of the Dead). I've never had the stomach for the rotting dead thing. But this book came to me highly recommended, and I can see why!
I devoured this book--um? like a zombie does brains? (sorry!) I literally couldn't put it down. Ryan is a very poetic writer and her portrayal of a world after the zombie apocalypse, a village ruled by the Sisterhood and the Guardians, is chilling and deep.
Through her protagonist, Mary, Ryan shields us from the gore of zombies to give us a powerful story of love and the desire for freedom. Betrothed to a man she doesn’t love and in love with a man she cannot have, his brother, Mary yearns for an elusive world beyond the village walls, one with a vast ocean beyond the forest of hands and teeth.
Mary's yearning, the chilling depth of the world she lives in, and Ryan's elegant prose kept me engrossed in this story until the end. If you're a fan of zombie fiction, this novel is an amazing read. If you're not, this novel may just change your mind.