Wednesday, 1 July 2009
YOUNG ADULT/HORROR REVIEW: The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan
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?
OK to be blunt the book blurb really didn’t speak volumes to me, yet seeing as I was at a loss for a few hours I picked up the tale and decided to see where it ran to. I was not only pleasantly surprised to see how it unfurled but was quickly sucked into the world that the characters inhabit. Whilst many would write this tale off as a YA book, the themes and the writing style will also quickly hook the adult reader into this world. Its edgy, its got teen angst and love but most of all its got zombies in the bucketload. Yeah we love zombies and quickly were dragged around with the characters as they sought to preserve their lives in a Romero meets Darabont offering. It’s absolutely cracking and definitely a tale to introduce the YA to the adult market, especially if horror is their genre of choice.