Thursday, 12 May 2016

Book Review: Hare Moon by Carrie Ryan (Forest of Hands and Teeth #0.1)

Tabitha can’t shake the feeling that something exists beyond the fences of her village. And when she sneaks out, past the gates and down the path into the Forest of Hands and Teeth, she meets a boy who teaches her heart things she never knew. But love in a world surrounded by so much death doesn’t come without its sacrifices, and Tabitha gradually realizes just how much she’ll have to give up to live among the Unconsecrated.

My Review:
Tabitha can't accept that the village is all that life has to offer and dreams of what may be outside the fence other than the living dead. Her obsession takes her to the gate every day where she makes contact with Patrick from another village, proving that there are other survivors. Now her dreams are of a future with Patrick, and her dedication to the Sisterhood comes under question.

This was an interesting prequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, showing how Tabitha found it hard to accept her world, just as Mary does in the novel. Tabitha explores the compound, finding a book that tells of the history of the village and why things are kept from the survivors, which makes her decision much more difficult. Now she understands why they need to be protected from the truth, but her feelings for Patrick leave her conflicted about her own future.

The book builds towards a climax as a terrified Patrick arrives with his brother after an outbreak at his village. They seek sanctuary and Tabitha's decisions are to have consequences for herself and the compound.

It was an interesting story because it explains a bit of the history behind the zombies and the compound, shedding new light on the motivations of the Sisterhood. It explains why Tabitha became the person she was in the novel which was good. My favourite part was the last third where Patrick looks to Tabitha for help. It was exciting and entertaining.

I have read other prequels to The Forest of Hands and Teeth but this was the only one I liked.
 
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