Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
By Carrie Ryan
Published: March 10, 2009
320 Pages
I give it:

Description: 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 Review: READ THIS BOOK! There are certain books that I come across that I classify as "OMG books"... which are books that I find that I am not only glued to the pages, but I literally find myself shouting "OMG!" during certain parts of the book because I am so enthralled in the story!

First off, I am really into Zombie movies! So when I first read the plot of this book, I knew that I must get my hands on it immediately! This is the first Zombie book (or The Unconsecrated as they are referred to in this particular book) that I have read where I was truly terrified while reading it. Which isn't easy to do, I am the type of person who has been watching scary movies since I was 5, and about 99% of horror movies don't manage to strike fear in me, but this book definitely accomplished that! Sometimes in scary movies, a color, usually red, will show up at certain suspenseful moments to stimulate an adrenaline rush in it's viewers, and Carrie Ryan has managed to accomplish this adrenaline rush in her book. Every time she mentioned the color red, I could almost feel the same fear the characters were experiencing.

I found this book very heartbreaking. Not an ounce of happiness in this book, but what do you expect when you are in the middle of a zombie apocalypse? There aren't many happy endings in the world of zombies. And the ending was very bittersweet.

Carrie Ryan is one of my new favorite authors because of this book! Her writing is captivating, and I can not wait to read more from her! I absolutely can not wait for her next novel "The Dead-Tossed Waves" which sounds like a sequel, but with a different POV.

Also, I must say that this book NEEDS to be a movie. ASAP.


  1. I agree, this was absolutely and OMG book! I loved it too : it was well written, a little scary, totally engrossing. I can't wait for the next one!

  2. I actually heard about this book becoming a movie. It sounds really fantastic, great review!


  3. Hmm I think this is actually the first good review Ive read about this book xD

    But if u say its an OMG book then Ill have to give it a try.

  4. Glad you liked it, it really should be a movie!

  5. yay for zombies! the story is sad in a way but the ending is hopeful. looking forward to book 2, too!

  6. Ooooh just bought it hope I love it as much as you did.