September 19, 2010

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan


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?

Epic Wins:

  • The ZOMBIES that are sweeping the nation! They are creative infectious disease. I have never read about zombies but Ryan paints them in a way that makes you fear them. In this case that is a good thing.
  • I (as you will find) am a solid lover of the dystopian/ post-apocalyptic genre and this book is far from a disappointment
  • Mary is strong. She is an extraordinary fighter with good aim. Her passion to find the ocean drives the story.
  • Never a dull moment. The zombies never stop trying to attack and they are always trying to escape. Just when things start to get better the ruckus starts up again!
  • The romance between characters is giddy-making. BUT it’s also an epic fail, which you will understand if/when you read it.
  • The cover is AMAZING!

Epic Fails:

  • Everybody dies, well almost everybody. It’s horrible and sad but necessary to understand the world Mary lives in.
  • Mary is so wrapped up in the world outside her village she is blind to what she has in front of her. She keeps pushing, pushing so hard that she becomes the reason people around her are dying. The reason she loses the only ones who love her is her inability to deal with the world she has, she has to see the ocean and nothing, not even the unconsecrated, will stop her.
  • Not a big fan of the sisterhood. Ignorance is bliss but knowledge is power. The sisterhood strips Mary’s village of all their power leaving them only with fear.


I loved this book, it’s like modern Shakespeare, everybody dies but the message remains strong. You cry, cringe, and hope with Mary and her world as it all comes crashing down.

just sayin,


  1. I loved this book too. I love that it's an awesome book about zombies yet the word zombie is never used in the book. I just bought The Dead-Tossed Waves, the companion book to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and am really excited about reading it. I've heard it's a lot better than TFOHAT.

    I actually am not a fan of this cover. I'm assuming that's Mary on the cover and that she's in the forst, so why the heck does she have all that emo makeup on? Even if she's not in the village I wouldn't expect her to go for the emo look. I prefer the original cover.

  2. This book is in my reading list. I might need to bump it to the top since halloween is coming up soon. I'm not really a big zombie fan, but the focus seems to be on the people affected moreso than on the zombies themselves.

  3. I Loved this book and i have already read the companion. I am waiting for the third one to come out, if its not already out. But this was the first time I have read a book about "zombie", and i loved both books.


Let me know what you think was an epic win or an epic fail, or if you feel like it make robot sound like beep beep boo bop. Really I could careless just keep it clean.