Book Review of The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Posted March 26, 2011 by Kara in book review, Kara, Uncategorized / 5 Comments

Book Review of The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie RyanThe Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1
Published by Gollancz on March 10th 2009
Genres: paranormal, young adult
Pages: 310
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three-stars

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?

Uhhhhhh..please don’t make me do this review. I’m afraid. Really afraid. What’s that? You promise you won’t beat me up? Okay. I’ll tell you what I thought then. Carefully.

And that’s the thing. I don’t really know what to say. I loved it! But I HATED it at the same time. Hence the three stars. It’s been a long time since a book I’m reading has given me such an outwardly visceral reaction. It was hard to read at times. My imagination was going into gory overtime.

I’ve decided I don’t like reading about zombies. I can’t handle it. That doesn’t mean I won’t finish the series..just not now. I need a break. I had nightmares. Certain things mess with certain people’s minds. Well I figured out my Achilles heel. Zombies. Isn’t that ridiculous?

I figure that if I had to live like the characters in this book did, surrounded by a zombie fence just waiting for the day they busted it down, I’d probably kill myself. I’m not just saying that. I mean it. Could your life get possibly any more messed up than that? I mean it was completely void of hope. Empty. Scary. Horrifying.

Now let’s talk book details. Ridiculously well written. Beautiful and terrifying at the same time. Anger inducing. The settings were fantastic. I think I pictured everything in my mind exactly the way the author intended. The platforms and the zombie fences and their moaning. OMG, please don’t make me relive it again.

I hated the ending. Not all of it, but since I can’t tell you which parts without spoiling it, I guess you are just going to have to read it and form your own opinions. There were a few unanswered questions. But I guess we were supposed to make our own assumptions. Mine weren’t positive. But I mean the entire book was void of hope. So should I really expect the ending to be that much different?

I’m going to conclude it here. Everything else I say after this will be repetitive anyway. Just read it. If you haven’t already. I definitely want to hear what you think.

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5 responses to “Book Review of The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

  1. My reaction was much the same as yours. The overall feel was just so… depressing. This was pretty much my first zombie read, and after trying to read Ilsa J. Bick’s Ashes (and only getting partway through before giving up and having awful nightmares), I decided zombies weren’t for me.

    Then I read the amazing Warm Bodies and now I’m terribly confused because how can someone who dislikes zombies like a zombie book so much?
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    • Well, I haven’t read Warm Bodies but I do know it has a completely different feel from most zombie books. It’s not straight horror. It’s also a black comedy, isn’t it? That might be the difference!

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