The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Ryan, Carrie (Paperback - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth

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Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.
Authors: Ryan, Carrie
Statement of Responsibility: Carrie Ryan
Title: The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2010], c2009
Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 21 cm.
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Report This Nov 22, 2013
  • LaPhenixa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Rife with beautiful imagery and metaphor, but many of the characters, including Mary, stuck me as shortsighted. The plot felt a little forced at times, particularly the romance, and the later deaths, one more than the other, felt random; they didn't have the sense of finality, perhaps due to a lack of foreshadowing. Lastly, though I wouldn't say the pacing was bad, at times in the story, days or months would pass, but the pacing didn't seem to reflect that.

Report This Nov 22, 2013
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Quick enjoyable read. Excited to read The Dead-Tossed Waves!

Report This Sep 23, 2013
  • danomcd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It was hard to relate and care for the main character when she was so selfish - you really thought she was willing to sacrifice everthing and everyone to fullfill her desires. I also couldn't really understand their approach to dealing with the unconsecrated - why wouldn't you try to thin down their numbers instead of being trapped in buildings or in trees? (more of a "walking dead" storyline approach)

Report This Sep 07, 2013
  • 123avidreader rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Disappointing book. A girl who can't make up her mind about what she wants. And in the last chapter the author has her fall asleep because she can't figure out how to get her to the next location and she magically awakens there. Frustrating book.

Report This Aug 30, 2013
  • SensBaby21 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Took a little to get into this book. Honestly I almost stopped reading it, but I am so glad that I pushed through and finished it. This is a great book and I am about to start book 2.

Report This Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was expecting this book to be creepy, and frightening, because....well, zombies. But I wasn't expecting it to be inward-focused. The zombies, while a world-shaping influence (and plenty of creepy), is not the focus of this book. This is a coming of age novel. Unlike most coming-of-age novels, though, it isn't about the female protagonist finding herself (well, not directly). It's about her rejections. And it's so lyrically done that even when you're frustrated with her lack of passive acceptance, you're cheering for her constant seeking of something better. She isn't inspired, or special, or amazing. She's just a girl who is unhappy. And curious. And tragic. And amazingly, she's compelling (to me, anyway- I never questioned the status quo enough, growing up). I like that Carrie Ryan gives her (and everyone else) no easy outs. There's no Deus Ex Machina to sweep in and save the day. In a zombie-infested world, where you have to find your own truths, life is hard. And once I cracked the spine of this one, I stayed up all night and finished it in one sitting. It was THAT intense. And then, of course, I couldn't sleep because everything sounded like zombies shambling toward me inside the house. I highly recommend this one for lovers of zombies, fiction (especially that which borders on post-apocalypse or fantasy-setting), strong female protagonists who are unexpected, suspense, and non-traditional YA.


This is my absolute favorite book. The entirety of the series after it gets more and more enthralling, unlike many popular books, whose sequels end in disappointment. I'd recommend it to anyone who can stomach the zombie parts, but the zombies aren't the darkest part of this book. 10/10 Have read many times. Struggle for humanity and holding it together at it's finest.

Report This Jul 16, 2013
  • Stiefvater rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I felt like this book lacks development and could have had more plots. I wished more of the secrets the Sisters were holding would have been revealed. I personally didn't find the zombies scary, though I can see how anyone else could. I guess this book is your typical senseless, action-packed thriller. Some people would enjoy, but I didn't.

Report This May 19, 2013
  • JINGNA_1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

i recommend this book to anyone that are interest in zombies. I personally find it scary.....

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Mary lives in a a village surrounded by the unconsecrated and they supposedly are the last people in the whole world. The village is run by the sisterhood who have secrets that marry discovers. Mary's long time love bails on her and she is forced to marry his brother until.....


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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Death occured

Violence: Lots of Violence


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Report This Jul 29, 2010
  • E_Kazan rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

When I return my hands are red and raw from gathering the snow. I slowly approach the bed. The patient is calm now, and when he hears my shoes against the wooden floor he turns and I see who it is. "Travis," I gasp. My voice feels raw in my throat and I look around quickly to make sure that Sister Tabitha has not heard me speak. I have no doubt that she would send me into the Forest if she felt the need. "Mary," he wishers. "Oh, Mary." He reaches out and grabs my hand and brings it toward his cheek such that I am pulled forward and I end up stumbling and falling onto my knees next to the bed.


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