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Love and the mystery of the zombies...

  • Aug 22, 2010
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This is a very entertaining novel; a poignant mix of love story and zombie horror story - unusual to say the least. Our heroes live as sheltered life as possible in a small village which is fenced off from the zombie who constantly press against the fence, hoping to feast on the living within. Our hero Mary dreams of the ocean, and the thought that there may be something beyond the forest of hands and teeth that so limit her movements. She also dreams of the boy she loves, and the life that she hopes will be hers one day.

This novel is very well done; there are a few gaps in the narrative, which lead the reader to wonder at the time line, but if you can suspend that wonder it works very well. The characters are well drawn and identifiable - people wanting to live normal and happy lives in the face of potential death that looms literally just beyond the fence. There are interesting sub plots to do with the mysterious "Sisters" who hold the power in the community, and unfortunately this is never really fully explored, but it adds enough mystery to add another dimension to the history of the community.

The way the novel ends hints at a sequel; I hope so. It will be very interesting to see how Mary and her intrepid band fare. Recommended.

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Egad Brain! Shiver shiver, snicker snicker. Thrills and chills galore are embedded within the pages of The Forest of Hands and Teeth then wrapped up in an emotional roller coaster. Why did I read this book? Zombies scare me silly - and add the insanity of the innocent rural lifestyle and well you have zombies munching on heart-breakingly innocent villagers. This is much different than zombies munching on snarky British guys, at least they seem like they deserve it. I'm still in an emotional cloud …
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Amazon Exclusive: Scott Westerfeld Reviews The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Scott Westerfeld is the author of three sets of books for young adults, including theUglies series, theMidnighters series, and a series of stand-alone novels set in contemporary New York, includingSo Yesterday,Peeps, andThe Last Days. BothUgliesandPeepswere named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association in 2006. Read his exclusive Amazon guest review ofThe Forest of Hands and Teeth:

Teenagers love a good apocalypse. Who doesn't? All those annoying rules suspended. Society's pretenses made irrelevant. Malls to be looted. School out forever.

But in The Forest and Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan's marvelous debut novel, the post-apocalypse is defined more by constraints than freedoms. The book begins seven generations after the Return, an undead plague that has ended civilization as we know it. Of course, a zombie outbreak usually means shotguns and mall looting--the very essence of freedom. But more than a century on from the Return, the malls have already been looted, and shotguns are a distant memory. The novel's heroine, Mary, lives in a village surrounded by one last vestige of industrial technology: a chain-link fence, beyond which is a vast forest full of shambling, eternally ravenous undead--the forest of hands and teeth. No villager ever goes outside this fence, unless they want to die. (And given this bleak scenario, some do.)

Mary's world is bounded not only by the fence but by...

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ISBN-10: 0385736827
ISBN-13: 978-0385736824
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

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