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The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

April 27th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Description: 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, 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?

I really liked the concept of this book.  It was different from the zombie books that I have heard about lately.  It’s more of a post-apocalyptic story of how people move on and live their lives after the initial wave of zombies.   It doesn’t surprise me that in Mary’s town a religious group has pretty much taken power and steered how life would carry on.  The main reason I did not rate this book higher is that I really could not stand Mary as the main character and found following her story irritating.   I’m not saying you should not read it because the story is written well but there were some things that bothered me.  Stop here if you do not want any spoilers.

Although at some points it seems like it’s breaking through to her I don’t know if Mary ever truly comprehends just how selfish she is.  I can’t imagine living a life like she has but she basically ruins the life of Harry, Travis and her brother, Jed, due to her caring only for her own desires.  Initially Jed comes across as a big jerk but in the end he probably dies trying to help Mary fulfill her dream.  Travis gives up his life trying to protect her, hoping he will be enough to keep her happy and Harry was so in love with her he did not realize what he had in Cass, who loves him.  It almost seems unfair that in the end Mary does achieve her dream and apparently can go on to live a happy life while her brother is most likely dead and her best friend, Cass, Harry and the young boy they save are stranded in the forest with the zombies.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Kailana

    I am looking forward to reading this book at some point and time! I have had my copy for a while now, but can’t seem to dedicate the time to reading it!

  2. dsuzuki

    That’s one thing with requesting books from the library. It usually ensures I read them right away :)

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