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The Forest of Hands and Teeth [Hardcover]

Carrie Ryan
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March 10 2009 Forest of Hands and Teeth
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 in so much death?

[STAR] "A bleak but gripping story...Poignant and powerful."-Publishers Weekly, Starred

"A postapocalyptic romance of the first order, elegantly written from title to last line."-Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies series and Leviathan

"Intelligent, dark, and bewitching, The Forest of Hands and Teeth transitions effortlessly between horror and beauty. Mary's world is one that readers will not soon forget."-Cassandra Clare, bestselling author of City of Bones

"Opening The Forest of Hands and Teeth is like cracking Pandora's box: a blur of darkness and a precious bit of hope pour out. This is a beautifully crafted, page-turning, powerful novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it."-Melissa Marr, bestselling author of Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange

"Dark and sexy and scary. Only one of the Unconsecrated could put this book down."-Justine Larbalestier, author of How to Ditch Your Fairy

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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 2, 2009:
“Mary's observant, careful narration pulls readers into a bleak but gripping story of survival and the endless capacity of humanity to persevere . . .Fresh and riveting.”

Starred review, School Library Journal, May 2009:
"[T]he suspense that Ryan has created from the very first page on entices and tempts readers so that putting the book down is not an option."

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The police never suspect that a serial killer might be at large until they discover the fourth body—the first white victim—draped across a tomb in a London graveyard. Now, accusations of racism are rampant and Scotland Yard is on the defensive, scrambling to apprehend a maniac while trying to avoid a potential public relations disaster. Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley and his disgraced partner Barbara Havers have been assigned to the investigation, and Winston Nkata has been hastily—though deservedly—promoted and made the station's spokesperson to the media.

But with Lynley distracted by concerns for his pregnant wife, Havers fighting for her professional future, and Nkata confronting a hostile public, no one has begun to imagine the tenacity and ingenuity of the killer they are seeking . . . and no one is prepared for the savage, shocking instant when everything will change forever.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Novel Hovel says, " A unique zombie story." Sept. 13 2009
Mary lives in a secluded village in the forest of hands a teeth. This village is in a world ruled by the sisterhood a group of women with secrets who are thought to know what's best for their world. Mary dreams of leaving the village. The only problem is that there village is surrounded by the Unconsecrated, who are kept out by the fence that surrounds them. When no one speaks for her when she is of age to marry, Mary is forced to join the Sisterhood, where she learns things she never wanted to know about the sisterhood, the guardians and there power. When the fence is breached and the village is thrown into chaos Mary must make a decision to choose between the village and the possibility of a life and land beyond.

Throughout the entire book the creatures outside the village are called the unconcecrated in actuality they are zombies. Even though this book is a zombie book it really didn't feel like one to me. It is hard to explain but Carrie Ryan has a way of describing the zombies that makes you almost feel for them and not think that they are vicious man eaters. I love post apocalyptic/distopic novels and this one was great. There is a little romance, a lot of action and twists that keep you reading through the night.

The one thing I did have a little issue with was that the romance between Mary and Travis seemed forced and never really developed at the beginning of the novel. It seemed like they just were instantly lovers even though they were not initially at the beginning of the book. Also the beginning of the book moved a little fast for me. How Mary progresses from normal life to all of a sudden being in the sisterhood.

The description of the village and the world that Mary lives in is great.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the hype June 14 2009
I've just finished this book, and I have to say it is definately not worth all the hype. Although the prose is good (I guess...), the characters, plot and themes throughout are completely sterotypical and wooden.

The novel is narrated in the first person by Mary. She is not engaging in any way, and remains inconsistant throughout the entire novel. She is so insipid and selfish, I was left wondering why any one would want anything to do with her. Come to think of it, the narrative itself is pretty awful, because as much as Mary tells about her relationships with people and what she wants, I as a reader never actually was convinced of anything that she said. You are never convinced of her love for others, or what she actually wants and desires, because all she does is bitch and moan about EVERYTHING. All of the other characters are completely two dimensional and seem to be just filler anyway.

All in all, it was a very dissapointing read focused on a completely unsympathetic heroine. Even the post-apocalyptic and zombie symbolism throughout sucked major. I would definately not reccommend...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Dec 11 2008
Mary lives in a village surrounded by the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

The Unconsecrated fill the forest, moaning, trying to get into the village, to devour and make more of their own by a single bite, which will spread the infection. They don't give up. They want to feed.

The Sisterhood holds the secrets of the village, from before the Return. No one knows the truth, except them.

The Guardians protect the village, and make sure the fence holds back the Unconsecrated. The fence is the only barrier between the village and the Forest.

But then, once Mary is forced into the Sisterhood, she learns things that she wishes she hadn't. There is the one section of the fence, which is forbidden; but, it leads somewhere... Mary knows it. But where does it lead?

Mary must choose between her village and what may or may not exist beyond that one gate.

I really enjoyed this book. I was hooked as soon as I started. Mary was a great character. She was strong, and always wanted more than what she had. She kind of reminded me of myself (only a little, though!).

The only thing I didn't like in the story was the ending, only because I wanted to know more! It left me hanging a little, so I don't really know what will happen to Mary.

When THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH comes out in March 2009, I recommend it to everyone. You'll enjoy it. I hope Carrie Ryan writes more books, too - her writing was amazing!

Reviewed by: Ashley B
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Ambiguous Ending Dec 29 2009
This book never uses the word "zombie," but it's all about the living dead.

Mary's world is guided by the Sisterhood and protected by the Guardians. It is also surrounded by a fence. The fence keeps out the Unconsecrated, who inhabit the Forest of Hands and Teeth. When Mary's mother is bitten by one of the Unconsecrated, she is cast outside into the Forest. Mary is taken in by the Sisterhood, and she quickly discovers that they are hiding something.

But before she can dig deeper, there is a breach. The Unconsecrated have broken through the fence. Now Mary and her friends are running for their lives, down a forbidden path with an unknown end.

If you love monster movies, you'll like this book. It gets pretty graphic at times, so it's not for the squeamish. It also has an ambiguous ending, so be prepared for that. If you can cope with these things, you'll love this action-packed zombie survival story.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The worst `Twilight meets the Village` who cares Bullshit I have ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Zombie Book
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Published on Sept. 2 2011 by Coreena
2.0 out of 5 stars Despicable Yet Addictive
If I don't like the main character, I've never felt compelled to finish a novel. I read "The Forest of Hands and Teeth," in one night because I just had to see how it ended. Read more
Published on June 17 2011 by High Adventure
3.0 out of 5 stars What if you were surrounded by zombies your whole life?
Mary used to be an happy child, even though her village is the last hope of humanity (or so the Sisterhood says), but everything changes when her father goes missing and her mother... Read more
Published on March 7 2010 by Tynga's Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Zombies Galore!
Mary's world is very small and quite simple. Her village is large enough to roam around in and grow crops but it is completely enclosed by heavy-duty wire fencing. Read more
Published on May 1 2009 by Nicola Mansfield
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