Horror Reviews · June 2014 Book Reviews · Series/Trilogies

Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth


Author: Carrie Ryan
Pages: 310
Published: March 10, 2009
Genre: YA, Horror (Zombies), Science Fiction, Dystopia
Rating: 4/5

The Forest of Hands and Teeth was an excellent zombie novel. I read the book in two days because I just couldn’t put it down.

Mary lives in a small town run by the Sisterhood. The town is surrounded by fences which are watched by a group of trained men called the Guardians. The Guardians are tasked with protecting the town from what lies within the Forest of Hands and Teeth, the Unconsecrated. Mary isn’t sure when the Return happened or what caused it. All she has ever known is her small town, but she believes there is more to life left beyond the Forest. Her mother used to tell her stories of the ocean and now Mary is determined to find her way there.

Once Mary’s mother was bitten, her world began to fall apart. She was sent to become part of the Sisterhood until one day a childhood friend of hers named Harry comes for her. She is to be married to Harry and live forever in the town as Harry’s wife, the only problem is that she isn’t in love with Harry. She is in love with his younger brother Travis who is to marry her best friend Cass.

Mary must navigate through the world she has always known to hopefully find the world she believes lies just beyond the trees. Once a horde of Unconsecrated make it through the fences, Mary is thrust into the Forest and forced to confront her dreams head on.

This was book one in the Forest of Hands and Teeth series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely be following this trilogy/series to see what happens next!


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