Published By: Delacorte
Year of Publication: March 9, 2010
Categories:YA, Fiction, Series, Zombies
Summary (from goodreads.com): Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.
Review: While I definitely enjoyed reading this book, I think I liked The Forest of Hands and Feet better. I think part of the reason for that was that I forgot parts of The Forest of Hands and Feet, and it took some time to remember what happened.
I’m not a big zombie person. For the most part I don’t find them very interesting, either in books or movies. I just don’t ‘get’ them. But I liked reading this book. The way that different characters saw the zombies made it different from the usual zombie fare.
I found the relationship between Catcher and Gabry interesting. Every time something happened or changed, I had to know what that would mean for them. But the two characters that I liked together the most were Gabry and Elias. I felt the chemistry between them every time that they were together. I really want to know what will happen to them.
I found the first half of the book a little slow, so it took me a little time to get into it, but at about the halfway point I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what would happen next. I think part of it might have been that I didn’t immediately like Gabry, but she slowly grew on me. The more I liked her, the more I wanted to know what Gabry would do next.
I will definitely be reading the next book in this series, The Dark and Hollow Places, which will be released later this month.
Disclosure: I got this book from the library.