Monday, February 7, 2011
The forest of hands and teeth by Carrie Ryan
The main protagonist, Mary is an older teen forced by life's circumstances (the death of both her parents) to follow the prescribed roles her culture assigns, but she does so unwillingly and begins to questions all aspects of her life and the expectations thrust upon her. Mary's questioning and curiosity of those expectations isn't without cost to herself and in some instances to those she loves. Despite immense losses Mary's curiosity and hope remains a core part of her personality, though she does come to question the purpose of hope .
" I remember Travis pulling me against him and telling me about hope. His voice in my mind is soft, just out of reach like a spent echo. I wonder if these memories are worth holding on to. Are worth the burden. I wonder what purpose they serve."
The story moves along at a pace that would probably keep even reluctant readers fairly engaged. The ending of the story was not my favorite part of the book because it ends rather abruptly-- however the ending is handled in such a way that a sequel seems a definite possibility. This book is one I'd recommend to students who want a change of pace from the usual vampire fare.