So I don't really know where to start with this one. It's the kind of book you'd only ever read once I think. Not because the actual book is awful, but because everything that happens inside it is. Unlike some other dystopian novels, this one is almost void of hope. I don't think a single truly happy thing happened in this novel- it was dark and depressing the entire way through.
That being said, the world that Carrie Ryan has created is quite amazing and The Forest of Hands and Teeth left me wanting to know more about how that reality had come to be. Her writing is also superb, detailing all the tragic events with such skill that you really do care what happens to the characters, even if you never liked them to start with. You hold your breath just as the characters do during the suspenseful moments, and you mourn with them when tragedy hits (as it does, over and over).
This is definitely a good book, there's no doubting that (and I'll definitely be reading the sequel). Pick it up if you haven't already, just be prepared for all the tragedy.
Published: March 5th 2009