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The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan The Page SageHonestly, I expected to love this one and I'm genuinely disappointed that I didn't. It wasn't the writing that was the problem, it was just, well, everything else.To begin with, Mary is a passive character if I've ever seen one. Unless some outside forces make her do something (join the Sisterhood, for example), she really doesn't do anything. Or if she does attempt to take action, she nearly has a mental breakdown. I can understand that she's been through a lot as of late, but instead of confronting the problems, she retreats farther and farther into this shell. And when there are zombies that could at any point attack your village, that's really not what you should do.And it wasn't just Mary: I didn't have a connection with any of the characters. (Well, that's not true. I quite liked the dog.) Try as I might, I didn't care what happened to any of them. In one scene, a significant character dies and all I could feel was boredom. And I'm a crier. It could matter less if Travis and Mary got together because I didn't see why they liked each other. The reader hardly gets to read about Travis and as for why he likes Mary, I have no idea. The whole romantic arc frustrated me.And then there's the world-building. There are these fences that are supposed to keep the villagers safe from the zombies. But apparently, if there's a breach and zombies take over the village, the Unconsecrated will magically become trapped in there and won't be able to leave the same way they came in. I mean, really the whole layout just doesn't make sense.In-keeping with world-building, the zombies fell short, too. There's a virus, they try to spread the virus/eat the healthy, they're seemingly unstoppable... It's nothing new. There are no twists. Maybe in the companion novels, the reader will get to find out more about the Sisterhood and the virus, but as far as the first book goes, I'm unimpressed.*2.5 stars*Find more reviews at The Page Sage