The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan

  • Started on: 2011-08-25
  • Finished on: 2011-08-25
  • Read in: English
  • Rating: “****-”
  • Genre(s): Fantasy


I found this book by accident (in a big, out of the box sale) and the title grabbed my attention. From the description on the back at first I thought the story might be something like The Village (the M. Night Shyamalan movie), where a village is isolated by the ones in charge for no outside reason. But reading the book the story is quickly revealed (warning, possible spoilers ahead if you don’t know about this book). Mary, the main character, lives in a village that is ruled by The Sisterhood, a nunnery, and guarded by The Guardians. The village is surrounded by high fences to guard the residents from The Forest of Hands and Teeth, where the Unconsecrated live. Since the Return they are there, always waiting to take more people, infecting them. They are zombies.
Mary is at a turning point in her life. Will she be chosen to marry, or will she spend her life as a Sister in the Sisterhood. Events quickly spiral out of her control, and she discovers the world she has always known has many secrets. Together with her brother and friends she has to take a chance and look Outside, following the stories her mother always told her about the life before The Return.
The story is pretty fast paced (I read it one sitting), which I liked, but it didn’t leave a lot of room for explanations. I really wanted to know what happened, who They are, what happened at The Return, why the village is there, who The Sisterhood are. Maybe more will be revealed in the two books that follow this one. This book reminded me a lot of The Passage by Justin Cronin, only now with zombies, and for young adults.