Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She's content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. Home is all she's ever known, and all she needs for happiness.
But life after the Return is never safe, and there are threats even the Barrier can't hold back.
Gabry's mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but like the dead in their world, secrets don't stay buried. And now, Gabry's world is crumbling.
One night beyond the Barrier...
One boy Gabry's known forever and one veiled in mystery...
One reckless moment, and half of Gabry's generation is dead, the other half imprisoned.
Gabry knows only one thing: if she is to have any hope of a future, she must face the forest of her mother's past.
Character Development: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Plot: 10/10 (ah!)
Setting: 10/10 (also ah!)
Total Score: 63/70
Obtained: Gift! :-)
Age Appropriate? PG-13
Cussing: None that I can remember...
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: There may be mild drinking references, but nothing too extreme at all.
Sexual Content: Mild references only. One near-rape scene.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Fraught with gruesome, bloody images of zombies/living dead (they are rather horrifying), murder, re-murder (zombie killing--can get pretty icky), suicide attempts, depression, insanity (of sorts...), sacrifice, carnage, etc etc... You name it, this book has got it. Beware.
Goodness, what a ride! If you thought The Forest of Hands and Teeth was stressful, just WAIT until you read The Dead-Tossed Waves! Carrie Ryan wastes no time in delving into this story, and she wastes no pages providing a breather between deadly adventures, enormous plot twists, exhilarating advancements, and huge risks. The stakes are so high, it kind of makes you want to explode. Believe me--it is stressful. But completely worth it.
I found DTW a little hard to get into. The first hundred pages or so (while not at all boring) are rather miserable, and the undesirability of the world and the tense characters makes it unappealing at first. However, do not give up! If you can stick through it, you will be awarded with an adventure beyond your imagining as you experience the author's vast plot-devising skills at their best! Somehow Carrie Ryan makes the zombie apocalypse seem not at all cheesy and almost plausible...almost. :-)
Basically, for a high-quality, completely original story that will blow your mind and incite genuine fear of the undead in your soul, read Ryan's books. They'll make you shiver and keep you up trying to rid the despairing images from your mind...but in a good way. :-) I eagerly await the next installment, The Dark and Hollow Places, coming Spring 2011! Eeee!
The Forest of Hands and Teeth Review