The Forest of Hands of and Teeth (2009) spliced classic zombie mythos into a world that was one part postapocalypse and one part colonial America and drove the plot with a healthy surge of teen hormones. This companion piece, which features some returning characters in minor roles, involves another discontented young woman, Gabry. Life within her walled town is shattered when a group of her friends step past the border and are attacked by the Mudo (that’s zombies to you and me). A series of calamities results in a third act much like the one in Forest: Gabry flees through an unknown wilderness with companions including potential new paramour Elias and former crush Catcher, who may be immune to the Mudo’s bite. Though her reliance on sentence fragments is a bit irksome, Ryan knows how to put together an action scene; the final pages are especially thrilling. Savvy readers may scoff at the constant lusting going on amid the carnage, but fans of Forest will be happy to find a familiar flesh-eating formula. Grades 9-12. –Daniel Kraus –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is the second in the The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy and I must say that I liked the first one a bit better, meaning this one gets only 4 out of 5 stars. I love having some of the characters from the first book play minor roles in this one and I can’t wait to read the latest installment, The Dark and Hollow Places, although it will be awhile before the public library in my town gets it. But that just means I will enjoy it even more when I do get to check it out.