Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
published by Delacorte Press
$9.99 (paperback)
308 pages

FTC: I bought this book and am not receiving compensation for reviewing this book.

What it's about:
In Mary's world, there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Gardians 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, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

Now 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 by so much death?

My thoughts:
I always thought this book sounded a lot like the movie "The Village." I absolutely hated that movie so I wasn't sure about this book.

This book is set sometime in the future, probably about 200 years away from now. Some weird freak accident has happened and now most of the world is full of zombies.
Yes, that's right, this story is about zombies.
I don't think I have ever hated a character as much as I hated Mary, the main character in this book. At first you feel bad for Mary. Both her parents are dead, her brother abandons her and she might be forced to marry someone she doesn't love. How can you not feel bad for her? As the story went on, I found myself getting so angry at Mary that I was hoping she would get turned into a zombie. She is very, very selfish and didn't seem to mind hurting everyones feelings, if not their lives.

There were a few questions that were left unanswered by the end of this book. I am okay not knowing the answers and do not plan on reading the next book in the series to find out the answers. Most of this book was a few of the characters wandering around the forest. It was very much indeed like the movie "The Village."

My rating: 4/10


  1. OMG! I hated Mary, too! She was so completely selfish. I couldn't understand how the brothers were in love with her. All she did was obsess about the ocean. Gah! Enough already!

    I have no motivation to pick up the next book in the series, even though I already own it. I thought it was a pretty weak thing for the author to have not explained how the 'zombies' came to be. She just wrote it off as being something lost in the ciaos. Wha???

    The cover art for the third book in the series was recently released. This is a case where the covers seem to be better than the books. :(

  2. Yeah the covers are great for these books but I really don't understand why everyone seems to like the books so much.


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