Mostly- Spoiler-Free Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Author: Carrie Ryan

“I wonder what right we have to believe our childhood dreams will come true.”

Over a generation after the zombie apocalypse, life carries on. Mary’s village is surrounded by fences to keep the zombies out. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t danger’s within. . .

Every once in awhile you need to read a zombie book. This is a pretty good one.  It’s a solid Walking Dead-style zombie story. The protagonist, Mary, is likable-ish.

To be perfectly blunt: I found it a bit obnoxious that in a struggle to survive she’s worried about her love life, but she is a teenage girl. And I can imagine love being her focus since she’s lived with zombies her whole life.

My biggest criticism about this book is the religion of the village doesn’t make much sense. There is a lot of talk about how religion is a big part of the society of the village,  and I was curious what religion it was, and how existing in a zombie-filled, post-apocalyptic world would twist whatever religion this was. but no, there were just vague references to the Bible and the protagonist’s lack of faith in general. I really don’t think the author thought this part of the story through.

Minor Spoiler

I would have preferred the story to have been set entirely in their village dealing more with the society of the village, with the ending being their escape into the gated path. That moment with the possibility of hope and danger was more of a cliffhanger to me that the actual cliffhanger ending.

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