Monday, August 23, 2010

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan is a book that I've been wanting to read.  I picked it up one day while shopping at Books-A-Million, but it sat on my bookshelf for quite some time.  I enjoyed the book but wasn't blown away by it. 

Cover:  The cover makes me think in two different ways.  Sometimes, looking at it makes me feel as if I'm on the Consecrated side looking into the village.  At other times, I feel like I'm in the village looking out at the consecrated.  This simple image can be interpreted differently.

Characters:  The main characters of the book are Mary, Travis, Harry, Cass, Jed, and a young boy.  Mary is a young woman who longs for something other than life in the village.  She is sure that something exists beyond The Forest of Hands and Teeth.  Jed is Mary's brother, but he doesn't share her sentiments on life and The Forest.  Travis, Harry, Cass, and the young boy share Mary's journey throughout the book as she searches for a different kind of life.  These characters are up against the Consecrated, zombie-like beings who only know the urge to feed on human flesh.

Writing:  I found the book easy to read and follow.  It didn't appear to be filled with unnecessary details and facts that drag the book along.  Considering that the story takes place in the future, the author did a great job writing from that type of perspective.  The people of this time period would not have the same luxuries and conveniences of our time, and that was conveyed well in the writing.

Plot:  I found the plot to be slow in the beginning.  It eventually picked up, and I found myself eager to find out how the book ended.  My interpretation of the plot line is a story of having a dream and following it, no matter what obstacles turn up or what others think about it.  Mary had a dream of finding the ocean.  She knew deep inside that it was real, despite being told otherwise.  Everyone told her to forget her silly notions and do what was best for the village and future generations.  She chose to follow her dream instead.

Overall: 3/5  I liked The Forest of Hands and Teeth.  I wasn't blown away by it, but I'll definitely read the books that come after it.

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