Mary lives in a village in the midst of The Forest of Hands and Teeth where the Unconsecrated live hungering for the flesh of the living. When her mother chooses to become a zombie after losing her husband to the forest, Mary is sent to live with the Sisters who hold the knowledge of the Return and the Unconsecrated. But Mary longs for ocean which she learned of from her mother's stories and wants to find a way out of the Forest and to a different life.
Normally I'm not about zombie stories. I don't usually watch zombie movies or read books about them. But I heard a lot about this book and good things at that. I was briefly reminded of the movie The Village but soon those comparison were gone as we started running away from the zombies. Mary was a little tedious for me as she kept lusting after Travis through the whole book and wouldn't shut up about the damn ocean. But it was the thing that kept her going so whatever works I guess. The ending was fine, but I wished there would have been more background. Like how the village ended up in the middle of the forest, why there was a zombie infection in the first place, how other people survived, etc? I have a lot of unanswered questions. I wish there would be a prequel or something. I enjoyed it and read it really fast, but I'm a somewhat disturbed by it.