Friday, 15 July 2011

The Forest of Hands and Teeth Review

Title: The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1)
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publication Date: February 9, 2010
Published By: Delacorte Books
Format: Paperback, 308 pages

*I purchased this book*

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 Thoughts
The most accurate way I can describe this book is the movie The Village meets 28 Days later. Sounds intense right? It definitely is.
The driving force in this book is fierce determination, faith and a girl named Mary who's biggest dream is to see the elusive ocean her mother told her stories about as a kid. Add a beautiful love story that's the most selfless I've yet to read about and the looming of death that you aren't just aware of, it's something you see, hear, smell and can physically touch since anyone can remember. You're left with a book you can not put down and thrusts every imaginable emotion on you.
That is literally all you need to know. Read this book, you won't regret it.


  1. I really enjoyed this book, in fact I really enjoyed the whole series.

    I can't wait to see what Carrie Ryan writes next.

  2. I love reading the different reviews of this series. I actually only gave it a 3 (I have my reasons). I didn't really care that much for #2 either, but I did think it was better than #1. I hear #3 is fantastic. I haven't made it that far yet.

    I agree about the over story and the comparison to The Village. That was pretty intense in the book. Mary just got on my nerves. =)

  3. I didn't LOVE this one... or the second one... but I DID LOVE the third! LOL

  4. This story wasn't what I expected, but I like being surprised. And although I liked Mary's strength, curiosity and courage to go on, she seemed like the kind of person in real life that would be hard to get to know--arm's length kind of person--which in her world you'd have to be to survive, but it kept me as a reader at arm's length as well.

  5. I've heard a lot of thinks about this book. Some people loved it and some didn't and it nice to see you've wrote an honest review. :) Donna


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