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."
From the Back Cover
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. See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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...
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.Read more ›
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
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I was very excited to read this book after reading the comments but I wasn't very impressed. It was a little slow and predictable.Published 12 months ago by Pascaline Stevens
This novel is recommended on almost all "must read zombie books" and I really don't understand WHY. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nathan ostle
The worst `Twilight meets the Village` who cares Bullshit I have every wasted my time reading. I got half way through the book and kept wishing an unconsecrated zombie would just... Read morePublished 23 months ago by James
I started this series hoping it would be good. I read reviews that were positive but they missed the obvious. Read morePublished on March 17 2014 by W. Myers
A ''don't go into the woods'' warning, has a huge impact when you happen to live right next them. Forget building a tree house, or going to the ocean. Forget freedom. Read morePublished on July 2 2013 by Book Cupid
It took me some time to really fully understand this book. It describes the road to madness that the main character does, living in a town surrounded by a fence and a forest of... Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2013 by Lina-From the Verge
Okay, so Mary is a little bit of an iffy character... but she isn't why I loved the book! The images are so fantastic, and vivid, and full of life, even when speaking of the... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2012 by Sierra
This book was not quite what I had expected, yet it was great and I really enjoyed it. For a zombie book, the psychological element was way more prominent than the physical element... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2011 by Coreena
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