Monday, June 7, 2010

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Description from

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?

My thoughts:

Wow.  I feel like I'm still trying to fully grasp what happened in this book.  It's intense.  It's emotional.  It's full of flesh-craving zombies.

This was my first zombie-zombie book, and it was horrifying... in a good way... I think.  It was very well written, creative to the extreme, suspenseful, and it will wreck you.  I really can't say anything without giving it away (I wouldn't even know where to start), but if you like zombies, forbidden love, and lots of intense moments, this is for you.


I have a couple of issues with this book.  I feel like too many things were left hanging.  Like we were made to suspect things but never learned if our suspicions were accurate...  And it appears the next book, The Dead-Tossed Waves, doesn't exactly pick up where this one left off.
Another thing; I was sad, often.  Throw us a flippin bone, for crying out loud.  I get surprise twists but man... this was just cruel.  

4/5 - Really Liked It


  1. I've never read a zombie book, maybe I'll have to give this one a try after I read the hundreds of books waiting in line :)

  2. Thanks for the review! This one is definitely on my to-read list.

  3. Wow. Wow. Yes that was duplicated on purpose! I just won a copy so I'm patiently waiting for my copy (that and Dead-Tossed Waves) I didn't know what to expect but now I know what to look for! Great review Kristin!

  4. I started this one, but I couldn't finish it after reading the first couple chapters. The part with her mom at the beginning was just too much. I might pick this one up later, but zombies sorta freak me maybe not. haha

    I mean, think about it: the zombie apocalypse would be the worst kind. Vampires? Two little puncture wounds, you faint, and you're dead. Werewolf? They go for the jugular and you're out. But a zombie? They'll gnaw on you for hours. Umm...eww. I'll skip that, thanks. lol

  5. I haven't read any zombie books...I do like hot, sparkly (Edward) or twisted pale (True Blood) vampires...

  6. Yep, that was about my take on the book. Carrie seems like an awesome person (, but after finishing Forest, I don't know if I can handle Dead-Tossed Waves. Maybe I just need a happier ending with my zombie apocalypse.

  7. KM - it was worth reading, but if the zombies really grossed you out that much, it might not be for you. especially because her mom turning was not the most dramatic of the turns... :( that's all i'm going to say on that.

    Sharon - i like the vampires... but I also find that i like the hot, non-sparkly, TAN and BUFF wolves. :)

    B.E. - I cannot tell you how hard I laughed that you needed a happier ending with your zombie apocalypse. talk about an oxymoron! love it!

  8. I just checked this out from the library - its my first zombie book too. We'll see how I do. (I hope I don't freak when I am camping next week)