Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1
Author: Carrie Ryan
Pages: 308 pgs
Reading Level: YA
Published: March 10th 2009
Review Source: purchased
Available: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Borders

Summary: (from goodreads) 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?

Carrie Ryan lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can visit Carrie at

From the Hardcover edition.

Since Twilight there has been an enormous wave of vampire and werewolf novels hitting the shelves of bookstores. So it was refreshing to me personally to find a post-apocalyptic story that is beautifully
written and a true page turner, 24/7!

This book deals with a world inhabited by zombies. Mary is a simple girl who is finding out secrets about her village in which she lives. This book however is not just about violence and survival; it also has
a touch of deep romance. Mary is forced to choose between the one she desires or the one who desires her, which they both happen to be brothers. The novel is so well written that it is will have the reader gasping, due to surprises along the way.


  1. I couldn't agree more. Amazing book.

  2. I loved this book. I thought it *was* beautifully written and so moody.

  3. This was one of my favorite reads of this year. I loved the whole series. :0)

  4. Great review. I loved this one as well.

  5. I'm very much looking forward to reading this one. I think I'll have to pick up a copy sometime rather than getting it from the library. Hello,!


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