Release Date: March 9th 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers
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.
Carrie Ryan has managed to out-do herself. The Forest of Hands and Teeth was an amazing novel that spoke to me. I didn't think Ryan could top it, but here I am, now correcting that. She definitely topped it. A book filled with romance, longging, hurt, death, adventure.. What else could you need?
A girl torn between two men, there's nothing that can make a novel better. It keeps you reading and reading because you want to find out who she ends up with. I would read this novel over and over and over.
It's more of a companion than a sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth (although I do suggest you read The Forest of Hands and Teeth first - some of the characters are the same).
But each character is beautifully flawed and the writing is delicious and the setting is dark and twisted (and at points terrifying - there are Zombies). A great read!