The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 9 Up—Mary knows little about the past and why the world now contains two types of people: those in her village and the undead outside the fence, who prey upon the flesh of the living. The Sisters protect their village and provide for the continuance of the human race. After her mother is bitten and joins the Unconsecrated, Mary is sent to the Sisters to be prepared for marriage to her friend Harry. But then the fences are breached and the life she has known is gone forever. Mary; Harry; Travis, whom Mary loves but who is betrothed to her best friend; her brother and his wife; and an orphaned boy set out into the unknown to search for safety, answers to their questions, and a reason to go on living. In this sci-fi/horror novel, the suspense that Ryan has created from the very first page on entices and tempts readers so that putting the book down is not an option. The author skillfully conceals and reveals just enough information to pique curiosity while also maintaining an atmosphere of creepiness that is expected in a zombie story. Some of the descriptions of death and mutilation of both the Unconsecrated and the living are graphic. The story is riveting, even though it leaves a lot of questions to be explained in the sequel.—Debra Banna, Sharon Public Library, MA
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Review –
 
I have wanted to read this book for a long time but just never got around to it (too many books and not enough time) until our local library called and said a book I had requested was available. The next day I went and picked up the book and began reading when I got home and finished it a bit before midnight.  I COULD NOT put it down.  I HAD to keep turning the pages to see what would happen and when I came to the end my breath caught  and I went online to the library’s web site and requested the next book in the series, The Dead Toss Waves and hope that it won’t be long before I receive another phone call telling me it’s ready to be picked up.
 
One can only hope.
 
If you like or love zombies-you HAVE to read this book.