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?
From the first few pages I was captivated by the beautiful writing that drew me into the story. I literally did not want to put it down. Carrie Ryan’s debut novel is a jewel among the other dystopia titles that share the shelf. It is an interesting concept and though the plot was intense, I wasn’t overly horrified by the content. Whats more is that it is a safe novel for any age. There is not the “in your face” sexual content that other Y/A books seem to have. The book is written in the style that allows your imagination to dictate the outcome. And, there isn’t the foul language that sometimes is thrown into Y/A books. (Another added plus for parents that share books with their youth)
I was genuinely surprised at certain twists and turns in the story and even screamed out loud at a pivotal moment for the characters. Much like one of my favorite gothic classics, I felt the angst and frustration like I was a part of the story. Not since WUTHERING HEIGHTS has my stomach been so knotted because of actions made by fictional characters. Though the ending was not what was expected and there are definite questions left unanswered I closed the book satisfied for the heroine and desiring more from the author. That being said, I am hopeful that at least some of the issues left unsettled have some light shed on them for no other reason than my personal sanity.;)
I am eagerly awaiting the next addition in The Forsest of Hands & Teeth.
This book was purchased by Day.