Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

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?

“The Forest of Hands and Teeth” is told from Mary's point of view, and I was instantly engrossed by Mary's poetic and somber voice and the haunting world the author created.

What surprised me most about this book though, is that as enthralled as I was by Mary and her world, I didn't particularly like Mary; and that is very unusual for me. I'm a character girl. For me, a great book is about the people. And Mary? Well, once the story got going, she annoyed the hell out of me with her indecisiveness, selfishness and how helpless she was when things got tough. There were times I was so frustrated with her, I wanted to push her through the fence just to get it over with. And yet, I rooted for this girl right up to the end. Why? Because the author did an amazing job at conveying Mary's deep yearning for a different reality.
I wish the author would've given us more answers about the Sisterhood and how the Unconsecrated came to be. I think this area of the plot was underdeveloped and I would have liked to know more.

I couldn't put this book down and besides it being an enthralling story, it also opened up a whole new world to me- The Zombie world- and I'm completely addicted.

Today's book review comes from our Monthly Muser, Cristina Dos Santos. Thanks, Cristina!


  1. I keep hearing great things about this book. I need to pick it up.

  2. I haven't read it, but I have to say it's got a great title.

  3. This sounds like the book that M. Night Shyamalan's awful "The Village" should have been.