Forest of Hands and Teeth is relatively famous in the YA world. However, like many books, it comes with a grain of salt; a lot of people weren't too fond of the zombie thriller because they didn't like the main character, Mary.
I was one of the ones who loved the story, loved the writing, and was mildly annoyed by the character. However, that was kind of an interesting thing as a reader; how often do you not really like a character personally, but continue to read? It shows a lot of power as an author. Plus, there's a level of realism. It's like John Knowles, author of A Separate Peace. Many people hate the main character in that classic; but still, the book lives on. Obviously, a book about zombies and a book about boys in boarding school aren't the same.
There are some similarities, though.
They are both extremely well written. And, as for the sequel to this particular zombie book, The Dead Tossed Waves--
--just like A Separate Peace, I adored it.
The main character makes hard decisions. She sometimes messes up. She isn't perfect. On top of that, she has zombies chasing her. I mean, come on; the girl can't get a break.
Poor thing. Not only could she not get a break, but I sat there and read her struggles for a straight two hours--slower than I normally read, partly because I was enjoying the story so much--and then had to make light of what a wonderful book it made.
Plus, I mean . . . Just look at the covers.
How cool are they?