The title alone should tell you this book is about zombies. It's also a romance. I didn't know this when I first started reading the book, but it soon became apparent. I don't usually read romances, or books about zombies, but I'd started it and I wasn't going to stop until I'd finished it.
One more thing. This book is written in first person, present-tense. Not a fan. It also skips around into past tense when the MC is remembering anything. Also not a fan.
As I was reading, I found out that this book is basically a narrative of the MC's experiences. It's as if you're being read a running diary of her experiences. You are in her head constantly, and if that's not a pleasant experience for you (which it isn't for me) then you might not like this book.
As I was being narrated to, I began to wonder how many pages the MC's dialogue would take up. I came to the conclusion that in the first 100 pages, her dialogue would take up about 2. I began to think perhaps the author wasn't able to switch back to dialogue-mode after narrating for so long, or perhaps she'd decided to make the MC mute. When the MC took a vow of silence, my suspicions were nearly founded. With everyone talking to her, explaining things for her and answering for her, the MC became a very passive character. It's only in the second half of the book that I see more dialogue from her.
Dialogue aside, I didn't like the language in this book very much. I suppose it fit the tone of the book - what with the danger of zombies lurking to eat you and all. But I felt it was a bit over-dramatic and needlessly aggressive. Words like 'roar', 'claw', 'thrust' and 'tangle' kept turning up - but not in correlation with any zombie attacks. These words were used to describe the interactions of the main group of characters with one another. The MC tangled her legs in her skirt at least twice, and once she tangled them in bedsheets, clawed across the ground to reach her man, and roared at her brother. A few times people were thrusting their hands into their hair. Almost every touch was forceful, regardless of whether it really needed to be.
The trouble with the aggressive and over-dramatic language was that sometimes it left me confused. I had to reread a paragraph where the MC took hold of a "burning metal" lever, wondering why she was about to sear her hand off. Then I realized the author had mentioned "harsh sunlight" a few sentences before, and that's why the metal was hot. Because of the choice of words, I was expecting fire or electricity, not sunshine.
There was at least once instance in the book where I felt the romance completely took over the action, becoming impractical and ridiculous (and making me say "What??" in a very loud voice at the page). The MC and her love interest were sheltering inside a big house, surrounded by zombies. They had been traveling for days and were thirsty and hungry. They had not explored the house. When they were alone in the bedroom, he turned to her and said "Tell me a story, Mary." This was followed by them cuddling on the bed. (Romance apparently trumps food and water)
I read halfway through the book and got bored with the zombie apocalypse. I was tempted to stop reading, but I thought that perhaps the end would make it all worthwhile. But it didn't. The end wasn't very satisfying. (I recently discovered that this book has a sequel entitled The Dead-Tossed Waves, which I don't intend to read, but which explains why this book ended the way it did.)
That said, I have some positive things to say about this book. It's a book you can read fast. (I read it in two days.) It's not overburdened with heavy description, but it does narrate. For those of you who like zombies and romance, it has both of those things. I'm also sure that not everyone is as picky as I am about dramatic language.
So, if you feel like reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth, pick a weekend. Then if you stay up late reading you don't have any obligations in the morning. And if you do read it, I'd love to hear your opinion on it.