May. 10th, 2009

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Title: The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Author: Carrie Ryan
Published: New York: Delacorte Press, 2009
Rating: 2 of 5
Page Count: 310
Total Page Count: 74,580
Text Number: 220
Read For: mentioned by Melissa Marr ([livejournal.com profile] melissa_writing), borrowed from the library
Short Review: Mary is part of a small fenced village that has built safety within a forest filled with Unconsecrated (zombies). But the village is not the utopia that Mary once thought, and she longs to know what lies outside its walls and beyond the forest. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a very well-intentioned failure. It has a strong premise, lots of potential for a good story, and Ryan tries to convey a number of themes—but plot goes unexplored while themes are hammered home, and all of it is crippled by a boring and unconvincing voice. I wanted to like this book, but I found it a slog and a disappointment. I don't recommend it.

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Review posted here on Amazon.com.

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