The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Carrie Ryan

The human instinct to survive is played out to the upmost in this bleak, yet poignant tale. Mary, alongside her beau Travis, leads a small group of survivors as they defend themselves against the hordes of unconsecrated villagers who strive to infect them. I was captivated by this love story which manages to be both warm and creepy at the same time!

Extract

I feel broken fingers wrap around my wrist and I pull back and shriek. Everywhere I look now I see them coming out of the darkness. I am surrounded by Unconsecrated. I have to force myself not to panic. Instead, I grasp the axe with both hands and begin to swing, running through the clearing that my weapon creates. Flesh falls around me, the squelch of steel meeting putrefaction mixing with the sound of the rain beating the ground, of my feet slipping in the mud. But it's not enough.

Parallels
  • Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland