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The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan I completely dislike the narrative voice of this book. At first I thought maybe the book just started in summary-mode and would eventually get to the point where the narrator would stop telling us stuff and start showing us. Unfortunately, that rarely happened throughout the entire novel. The whole time, you have quite a bit of distance between yourself and the story. Now, the story did get more and more interesting, and that's what kept me reading. The world, the mysteries kept by the Sisterhood, and the mystery of the Return were all intriguing, though I was disappointed by the end. She doesn't tell him about the others or try to get them to rescue them? I'm not interested in continuing reading the rest of the series for a character this shallow.

Interestingly, the character doesn't so much develop as gain a greater and greater understanding of her own character and how her actions affect others, which was a growth arc I haven't seen much in fiction. Overall, I recommend that if you don't like the first two chapters' voice, don't continue reading this book, because it doesn't often go any deeper. If the narrative style doesn't bother you, then you're in for a fun ride.