Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Not even sure what genre to put this book into beyond YA.

We're post apocalyptic due to a virus that turns humans into flesh eating zombies called the Unconsecrated. Safe areas are connected by fenced in pathways marked by Roman numerals.

There's a major love triangle.

And nuns.

So, does that make it a YA, dystopian, paranormal romance with religious overtones?

The writing is solid. The inner and outer conflicts understandable. The world well created. So, I applaud the author for a well crafted novel.

I just didn't like it.

I got about a quarter to a third of the way through the book when I realized I didn't like the main character, Mary. Did I understand her and her motivation? Yes. But, that didn't make her likable for me. I just didn't get how someone could be so selfish and sacrifice everyone she loved, and who loved her, just to realize her dream of seeing the ocean.

It's the beginning of a trilogy. I won't be reading the rest.

However, for those of you who like this sort of thing, read the rest.

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?

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