Thursday, March 24, 2011

Another Author Signing Night!

Tonight is Carrie Ryan, author of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth," a YA novel about a village tormented by zombies. The event is again at the wonderful Anderson's.

I read the book last week in about 2 or 3 days. It definitely took a few turns I didn't expect, and I have to say, overall it's pretty bleak. I suppose any story about zombies, which this book refers to as the "unconsecrated," isn't exactly light reading (Oh, wait, not true!) but for young adult fiction I felt like some parts were pretty intense. The author does a decent job of meshing these elements within a larger story of a girl and her two love interests, and the future of their community. Midway through, the story takes a bit of a turn, and it really kicks up the suspense. There's a scene with an unconsecrated infant and, well if you know anything about zombie lore there's really only two options: kill or get infected. Yeah.

I'm interested to hear about Carrie Ryan's experience from working a full time job to now a full time writer. I have the sequal to her first book, "The Dead Tossed Waves," which is really more of a companion novel that takes place in the same world but is about different characters. That threw me off at first, but I think I actually like it more since it further explores how their world came to be overrun with the undead.


  1. I cant bring myself to read about zombies. They really freak me out. AND I love reading about dark mystical things.

  2. It's a different breed, for sure. I'm personally not into faeries and stuff unless it's funny or satirical.

  3. Decomposing bodies is just not hot, no matter what you do to it!

  4. I really enjoyed both FOHAT and TDTW. Her third book is coming out soon and I can't wait. I agree with your assessment of bleak, but she did something amazing, combining the ingredients of love in a world such as this. :)

    Angela @ the Bookshelf Muse

  5. I haven't read this book yet, but it's on my list. Even though I don't always read the zombie stuff. But, I figure I'll give it a chance. I hope you have a great time at the signing!


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