The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
The last in our spooky story theme deals with nothing less than zombies. This is a book set in a post-apocalyptic world where civilization has been reduced to a village surrounded by a fence to keep out the forest and the things that live in it. This village is ruled by the Sisterhood - who always know best. Always. Only, Mary is starting to learn things aren't the way she always thought they were and finding out secrets she didn't want to know. And when the fence breaks she must take a chance at finding the world she dreams is out there.
This is a great book for those who are interested in the idea of zombies but doesn't actually want to read a zombie book. They are never named in this story, which I felt was a perfect way to set this tale apart from others. It's also more a story of the society that came out of the fall, or zombie apocalypse if you like. And it's a story about things that are remembered and passed down to children and the dream of finding those things again, even at the risk of finding they aren't real. It's a very human story but very action based at the same time.
The first few pages were a little slow, but the writing picks up quickly and it turns into a book that's hard to put down. I will say that there are some difficult and emotional moments, and yes zombies will never be pretty, so that's something to keep in mind before picking this one up. However, it's very well written and I liked a good many of the characters quite a lot.
I hope you've enjoyed some of these darker stories, even if horror isn't your cup of tea. We will be taking a break until November 1st while I'm out of town, so I hope you all have a fun, safe Halloween!