The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan Dramatic opening but incredibly slow going until the middle, which is when the real action begins. Until then I was barely interested by Mary's numb monotone. Other than the concept and plot, there wasn't much going for it.

Other reviewers hit it spot on when they mention that all female characters besides Mary were treated negatively: Sister Tabatha's cruelty, Mary's mother's despair and selfishness, Cass's jealousy and her moods that shifted from one extreme to the other, pregnant Beth who became infected and Gabrielle who was murdered by the cult of Sisters.

Family doesn't mean much either in Mary's village. Her mother abandons her, her brother is repeatedly physically violent toward her, and two brothers are pushed apart by their love for her. Mary is basically the Marissa Cooper of this brave new world.