The Forest of Hands and Teeth is set in a post zombie-apocalypse world. The premise, though somewhat cliche and present in most horror movies to date, has originality and Carrie Ryan's style of writing is emotional to say the least.
Mary, the main character, lives in a village in the middle of a vast forest - The Forest of Hands and Teeth - which is constantly under threat from the Unconsecrated that push at the fences, forever hungry. After Mary's mother dies and returns, and her own brother shuns her, she is forced to join the Sisterhood, a religious order that controls the town and convinces all its occupants that they are the last of humanity, saved by God. Soon Mary learns that all is not what it seems, and some people will go to any length to protect what they know.
This book is an ultimate tear-jerker, tissues advised. Carrie Ryan is not afraid to go into gruesome details regarding the Unconsecrated, and at some moments your heart literally aches from the pain and loss she describes. Love, loss, adventure, zombies, it has it all! It is a story that truly makes you feel.