Friday, June 25, 2010

Zombies and Snowflakes: Forest of Hands and Teeth

Move over vampires --- in Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth, it's zombie time! After zombies take over the world, the only survivors huddle in low-tech villages ruled by the Sisterhood and constrained by strict societal rules. Our heroine, Mary, finds rules that keep her from sleeping with her preferred boyfriend really annoying, and thinks they should be repealed. She's learning about the secrets kept by the Sisterhood, and the shocking news that other people may be alive elsewhere, but her interest in these matters waxes and wanes with the attention Travis pays to her.

The story gripped me -- the zombies attack the village, with only a small remnant escaping to search for refuge elsewhere, but the first-person narration was limiting because Mary was so selfish and self-centered. I had no idea why any of the boys liked her -- maybe she was large-chested? B-, but I may read the next one in hopes of a different narrator.

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