I feel like society has moved from ACK, ZOMBIES into tee hee, zombies in the same way we have moved from ACK, VAMPIRES into mmmmmm (or tee hee), vampires and this is how we end up with franchises like Saws I – XXX, because we are ruining all of the other scary things.
Which, ok. But I can still be scared of zombies if they are plentiful and ravenous. Which they are in The Forest of Hands and Teeth (both the book and the literal forest, which is in the book…so…mostly the book). Also, the village is surrounded by fence which is surrounded by forest which is full of zombs, and that terrifies my inner clausterphobe.
Let the Apocalyptic Mad Libs begin! years after disaster, the survivors of the apocalypse have gathered in an enclosed village and gone on with life, plagued though they are by the Unconsecrated Undead . The Sisterhood, who have managed to sieze power by , keep everyone alive and ruly. Except for Mary, who is a young girl with spirit. When the village falls to an invasion of the Unconsecrated, Mary and two boys whom she may or may not be in love with, as well as her best friend, her brother, his wife, and a random small child (and puppy [squee!]) make a break for the imagined world of the ocean .
Was it ridiculously melodramatic more or less all the time? Yes. Did Mary run into something that was her ‘undoing’ almost every time she turned around? Sure! Were there several moments that raised their heads to say I Am An Underlying Theme, only to wander off and get lost? Mebbe. Was I dissatisfied with the lack of explanation re: the Sisterhood and the original disaster, etc. because it’s things like that that really make an apocalyptic novel? This is starting to sound like I didn’t like the book.
Which, how to say this. It would have been a GREAT read-a-thon read! The only reason I read it now was because it’s due back at the library on the 20th and I can’t renew it. But it’s fast-paced and not overly-taxing to the mind, if you get my drift. THINGS HAPPEN! Not entirely unanticipated things, but THINGS!
So, hrm. I kind of liked it? Especially the first half, before it got overly predictable on my ass? This is where the caterpillars come in handy.