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Friday, May 22, 2009

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Re-read? Not really the kind of book I personally would re-read, but there are parts that I sometimes like to go back to.

Recommend? To anyone who doesn't mind a bit of horror (and hope?) thrown in a post-apocalyptic world.


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, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

Now 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 by so much death? (Inside of book).

My Thoughts:

In a world where choice is hard to come by, Mary is thrown in front of many paths. Love and life, two things which could so easily be taken away, are threatened. Truths that are unheard of and the idea of the Ocean motivate Mary throughout this thrilling novel. What's beyond the fence?

This book, in my opinion, is very well written. It kept me turning the pages wanting to find out what's next. I found how Carrie Ryan developed the Sisterhood very interesting and it amazed me that they hold so much power in the village. What amazed me more was the little amount of choice that girls have over their lives. I understand it, but I would hope the world (infested with unconsecrated or not) would not get to that point. The future for the world looks bleak and I understand why Mary dreams of an Ocean that no one believes exists.

In the end, I enjoyed this novel. I love books with a little horror (or a lot!). A definite recommend.


  1. I really like the cover of this book. Great review! I love the entire concept.

  2. I loved this book, personally everyone has certain books that they like to read and I'm a fantasy, paranormal and supernatural girl, so I love books like this. I don't have too many nonfantasy books. It's nice to hear what people think about books that they would otherwise read. Out of all the books that I've read this year and this is my opinion, this is my favorite.

  3. I did enjoy this book because I too love fantasy and supernature, it for some reason though was kind of weird for me. I do recommend it though! :) My favorite this year probably was City of Class by Cassandra Clair.

  4. When you told me about this book, it made me want to run to Borders and buy it right away! I think what the Sisterhood did to Mary was pretty terrible, but I admire her courage to chase after her desires despite the obvious obstacles. I can't wait to read this book! Great review, Eli. :)


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