The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
What it is and where it stops nobody knows
You gave me a life I never chose
I wanna leave but the world won't let me go
Wanna leave but the world won't let me go
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, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.
Now 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 by so much death?
This a book that takes place years after a zombie apocalypse and has so many great things about it. I think that the most interesting aspect about it relies on the aftermath of the apocalypse. Mary grows up in the world that people create in the need of survival and must deal with the few choices she has within this tiny bubble. So many stories take place at the beginning of the apocalypse, but I have seen very few that talk about how it shapes the lives of the far future and how they live (the movie Fido being one of the them). This book provides that viewpoint and explores the questions you might also have if you lived in such an existence where you had no real choices and the choices you have have dire consequences or don't follow your heart's desire. Carrie Ryan really gets inside the confusion that this girl faces and also has the reader asking "What happens next?", which is the heart of any zombie story.
So, if you want a great zombie book, I totally recommend this one. If you want a feel of the book, check out the book trailer and the links listed below.
There will be three books in this series. The second, The Dead-Tossed Waves, will be out in Spring 2010. I have a feeling we will be seeing some more zombie literature coming up in the future, as well as other undead events. I can tell you, I won't be complaining about it!