- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 10 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385736819
- ISBN-13: 978-0385736817
- Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.8 x 21.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 408 g
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #851,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth Hardcover – Mar 10 2009
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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."
About the Author
CARRIE RYAN is the New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy that includes The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, The Dark and Hollow Places, and the original ebook Hare Moon. She has edited the short story anthology Foretold: 14 Stories of Prophecy and Prediction and contributed to many other story collections herself, including Zombies vs. Unicorns, Kiss Me Deadly, and Enthralled. Her work has been translated into over eighteen languages and her first novel is in production as a major motion picture. Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Carrie is a graduate of Williams College and Duke University School of Law. A former litigator, she now writes full time and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit her at CarrieRyan.com.See all Product description
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The book takes place in a dystopian future where the Unconsecrated, or zombies, have taken over the world and life has become about basic survival. The story is told from Mary's point of view in a first person present narrative, which is ideal for the introspective nature of the book. Sometimes I found this a bit off putting, with Mary's thoughts absolutely dominating the book.
Mary is an interesting character - she is a young woman who questions things and is strong, strong willed and physically able to take care of herself (I love books with strong heroines). She grew up on the stories of the world before the Return and dreams of a life beyond simply existing and being hemmed in by the fences that keep the Unconsecrated out. She is determined to find a life beyond the fences and dreams of the ocean that her mother has told her about - something so foreign no one even believes it exists. As much as I like Mary, she does come off as selfish at times, as the strength of her dreams overwhelms everything and everyone else, but then again, maybe this makes her a visionary?
I also enjoyed the other characters in the book, Mary's brother Jeb, her best friend Cass, Harry and Travis are all interesting and show growth in the book. I didn't always actually like the characters, but I could understand and appreciate their reactions. They each found their own strengths, though, as well as their own reasons to survive. One of the best additions is Argos, the little zombie fighting dog - he is fun and helps to lighten things up.
The relationship between Mary and Travis was only OK for me. I didn't really understand it at the beginning and found myself a bit frustrated with the pair of them.
Carrie Ryan's writing is beautiful and often even poetic. She even had descriptions that made me stop and reread them because I enjoyed them so much. I also liked how she explored various themes, such as the nature of choices and how that makes us human, safety and survival versus freedom and pursuing dreams, and God versus organized religion.
This is defiantly at different kind of young adult dystopian than many of the others out there that I have read. The horror is real and I could feel the tension as I read the book. This is a maudlin, dark book, with a strong heroine who has her own flaws. I can really see those who like dark young adult novels with romance, or are looking for an alternative to vampire books, liking this.
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.
This story takes place in the future, but the community lives following the old ways. God and the Sisterhood rules, men choose a wife and they are expected to have children to support the next generation. A marriage isn't about love but about commitment to the village. The Sisterhood educate every child and Gods word are engraved by every doorway.
Beyond all expectations, Mary is caught in a love triangle, or maybe I should say square. She loves Travis, who claimed Cass (Mary best friend), while Harry (Travis' brother) claimed Mary. but Cass is in love with Harry. A bit complicated hen?
All hell break loose one morning when the Unconsecrated succeed at breaking the barrier surrounding the village, and our group of young people are forced to flee for their life, and Mary doubts everything the Sisterhood ever taught them.
This book really feels like all the zombie movies, a group of young folks try to escaped a horde of zombies and avoid getting transformed. Like in every movies there's always some of the heroes getting caught. It also has the "last survivors of humanity" kind of feel and you can't help but feel the desperation in the characters actions.
I'll be honest with you, Zombies aren't my gig, but I gave this book a try 'cause I heard so many great comments. I don't really know how I feel about the book to tell you the truth, I didn't like the story all that much, but Carrie's writing is really great and I got sucked in pretty easily.
The first 50 pages or so are slow and I dare to say boring, but than there's a spark when Travis enters the story and from page 150 I couldn't put the book down.
Carrie really has a way to captivate a reader's attention and you have no other choice but to crave for her words. I needed to know what would happen next and the suspense was unbearable, I even had unshed tears at some point in the story.
I didn't like the end, I felt like the loop wasn't closed and I wanted to know what would happen to the secondary characters. I'm guessing it's Carrie's type of a cliffhanger, but I didn't fall for it. I don't think I will buy the second book, but if I get a copy I'll read it lol
I didn't like the story enough to need to read the next installment.
I will keep my eyes open for another series from Carrie Ryan because I really liked her writing, but zombie definitely aren't for me.
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