Hare Moon by Carrie Ryan
Author: Carrie Ryan
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth #0.5
Release Date: March 23, 2011
Dates Read: February 11, 2012
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.
From New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan comes an original story of love after the Return.
This short addition to the Forest of Hands and Teeth series gives readers a glimpse into the background and psychology of Tabitha. Those of you who have read The Forest of Hands and Teeth will recognize Sister Tabitha as the strict, scary, maybe even a little crazy head of the Sisterhood that tries to stifle Mary’s love and curiosity. Hare Moon delves into the past, when Tabitha is a young, curious teenager herself. When she meets a boy on the path into the forest, she learns that what she once knew was not entirely true, and learns the meaning of sacrifice to those in her village. Being a short story, Hare Moon is indeed short and leaves the reader wanting a bit more. However, I think it stands as a valuable addition to the series. You can read it first if you haven’t read The Forest of Hands and Teeth, or you can read it after the entire series like I did. I would recommend it to those who were curious about why Sister Tabitha acted the way she did.