Hare Moon by Carrie Ryan
(A Forest of Hands and Teeth)
(4 out of 5 stars)
Tabitha can’t shake the feeling that something exists beyond the fences of her village. And when she sneaks out, past the gates and down the path into the Forest of Hands and Teeth, she meets a boy who teaches her heart things she never knew. But love in a world surrounded by so much death doesn’t come without its sacrifices, and Tabitha gradually realizes just how much she’ll have to give up to live among the Unconsecrated.
First of all, if you are reading this and haven't read 'The Forest of Hands and Teeth' Trilogy, I suggest you do! Especially if you are a fan of young adult literature, lightly romantic reads, or zombies. It's been a while since I read them but I remember that they were a refreshing twist on zombies and young adult literature.
As for 'Hare Moon', I was actually surprised by this short prequel. It is told from Sister Tabitha's point of view (whom we become acquainted with in 'The Forest Of Hands And Teeth') as a young teenage girl. In all of these books, the characters live in a small fenced in village blocking off the infected and it has been that way for as long as anyone can remember. Already that is a far cry from your typical zombie story or movie. It really makes you think about living in a world where you knew nothing of the outside world when there was no infection. These characters grew up with the moans of the dead. One can only imagine living in a place that you could not leave. But Tabitha has a free spirit and is a dreamer and does just that. And then everything changes.
I would definently suggest reading the trilogy first, as it would introduce you to Tabitha as a completely different person from what she is in 'Hare Moon' and why that is so. I'll try not to go to in depth with this since it is a short story and if I did it would surely spoil it for you. I loved the story though and couldn't help but feel many emotions while I read it. Ryan has a way with words and can reach into your soul and pluck at your heartstrings. You will feel for her characters and come to love or hate them.