It's that time of year again--the perfect opportunity to read stories that will make you scared to be alone in your house. And what better way to send shivers up your spine than with that quintessential creature-feature, zombies? The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan serves up the perfect blend of suspense, terror, and gore to make you wish you still had that nightlight.
Mary lives in a small village in the middle of the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Through all hours of the day and night, she and the other villagers are plagued by the incessant moans of the Unconsecrated--undead humans longing for warm flesh. The only thing that separates the living and the dead is a chainlink fence, and when Mary's mother reaches through it to be bitten by her Unconsecrated husband on the other side, lives are torn apart in a way no one imagined.
With Mary suddenly alone, she has to make a choice--should she follow through with a marriage to a boy she doesn't love, or join the Sisterhood that protects and rules the village? But Mary believes there's another option; to attempt the impossible and escape the village. No one who has tried has ever survived, but it might be the only way for her to ever have the chance of feeling alive again.
A dark, tense, twisted read, The Forest of Hands and Teeth has enough brutal zombie action and jump-out-of-your-skin moments to keep you (shakily) turning the page. Want more of the chilling world that Ryan has created? Mary's story continues in The Dead-Tossed Waves and The Dark and Hollow Places.