The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Genre:  Fantasy

# of Pages:  310

RAC Book:  Yes

2011 Iowa High School Award Winner

Mary loses her parents to the “unconsecrated” or zombies who live outside the fences of her village.  Her brother blames her for their deaths and turns her out of their home.  Mary is forced to go live with the nuns who control everything in the village.  Despite her hardships, Mary cannot help but think of life outside the village.  She dreams of seeing the ocean and skyscrapers, but everyone around her focuses on keeping the “unconsecrated” out every minute of every day.  To make matters worse, the boy she loves has asked another to marry him.  Can Mary find a place in this village?  Can she ever learn to be happy?  Or will she have to escape and risk her chances against the zombies?

This zombie story is engaging from the beginning and will keep readers guessing until the end.  The middle lags a bit in places, but readers will want to know what happens to these characters.  The characters and the village setting are written so accurately that anyone can imagine what it would be like to live in constant fear of zombies at your doorstep.  The rules of this life are finite and unforgiving, which is why Mary struggles to find a place here.  Fans of Rot and Ruin will enjoy this one as well.

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3 Responses to “The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan”


  1. 1 Selina May 26, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for your (spoiler free!) review. I am reading this at the moment and I like it so much. It’s very intense. I never heard of Rot and Ruin, but I guess I should get my hands on it as well.

  2. 2 Jenny May 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    *mou* I’m not a zombie fan, but I love the title of this book!

  3. 3 ladystingray September 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I very much enjoyed the book as a new take on zombies. But I’m so tired of love triangles.


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