Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Forest Of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest Of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan.
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers.
Pages: 320.
In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future-between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

I absolutely loved this story. These are my favorite kind- where authors create alternate worlds, where anything could happen. It opens so many doors, and this is exactly what The Forest Of Hands and Teeth did.

It’s a zombie story, which is sort of comical because not once is the word zombie actually used. Instead, they’re called the “Unconsecrated”, who were born during the “Return”. Just that little trait alone boosted the story so much higher, because it fit so naturally- like a part of their everyday lives, which it was.

I think every character had a different mission when their town was breached. Mainly, Mary’s focus was the one at bay, which was to find the Ocean that her mother always spoke about. At times, I was slightly annoyed with this. Even Mary’s character knew that she was probably being selfish and putting everyone in danger, but she kept going. And then there were times when Mary’s focus needed to be severely prioritized, in my opinion. Instead of fearing for her life, she lusted after Travis, the boy she loves. In the midst of a zombie attack, I would‘ve been a little more centered on keeping myself alive, rather than wanting to kiss somebody. I think that’s possibly the one and only thing I disliked about the book.

I usually get really angry at books that ended the way that did, but it sort of worked. There are so many questions left unanswered. Where did Jed go? What happens to Harry, Jacob, Cass & Argos? Does Mary stay and live in the newfound town? I know that a sequel/companion to this, titled The Dead-Tossed Waves is coming out soon, so I’m hoping these questions will be answered then.

Overall, I really loved it. Though I had to put it at down several times, for my tears blurred my eyesight and made it impossible for me to read, I really enjoyed it. As rough (rough meaning a lot of sadness/heartbreak!) as it may be to read, I definitely recommend it. Just don’t forget to have a box of tissues within arms reach when you get near the end!

(P.S- Check back Friday for more Forest Of Hands And Teeth goodness!)


  1. I want to read this one really badly. My parents tried to find it for me while they were in the States, but couldn't, but I'll definetly look for it here. Your review helped me a lot to convince me even more to read it. thank you. :D

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