Flashback Monday: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

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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 by so much death?


So, I read this book about ten years ago and I remember being on a supernatural kick and when I found this at the bookstore I thought this book was for sure about werewolves in the post-apocalypse.

Wrong.

I unknowingly picked up, in my opinion, the first book in the best zombie romance series ever!

(Disclaimer: this is not a romance with a zombie, the zombies in this story = bad.)

I did not initially like this book, I was one chapter in and found out about the zombies and immediately checked out.

Zombies are not my thing, quite frankly they scare the heck out of me. I only picked the book up again because I thought it was following me around my room. Turns out I just kept forgetting to put it back on the shelf, whoops.

I was so glad I picked it back up though! This book is intense from the action to the romance, a theme that only grows as the series progresses.

This book follows Mary, bad luck Mary as I like to call her. It seriously seems like nothing goes this girls way. The guy she likes chooses someone else, her parents are zombies, the Sisterhood is cray cray, and then her village is overrun, so she has to go on the run to find somewhere safe with the boy she does not love and with the one she does love, plus his “wife.” Oh, Mary’s brother and his wife are there too. These are not spoilers I assure you as all this happens in the first few chapters.

I did not really like Mary until almost the end of the story, she was pretty selfish, but man does that girl know how to persevere. I could respect that, so I always found myself rooting for her. She had so many tough choices to make, ones I know I could never make. In such a bleak and desolate world she did not ever give up.

This is the start of a series that truly gets better with each book. Which is pretty rare to find.

If you’re someone who is hesitant about zombie stories, but kind of want to read one, this is your starter book.

Give it a try, it really doesn’t disappoint.

But I do caution reading at night, after all, zombies are scary.