Title: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Author: Carrie Ryan

Published March 10th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers 

Goodreads summary:

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 about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, 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?


I have never read a book like The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

Carrie Ryan has a wonderful way with words. Her language just carries you along, all floaty and lyrical and beautiful. And that’s what makes the fact that this book is BEYOND CREEPY perfect.

Because, HOLY CRAP, this is a zombie book. As much as Iwas enjoying it, I couldn’t read the whole thing straight through because it FREAKED me out. I swear, I could hear the zombie moans following me around for days, and could see the masses of the undead chasing after me. Terrifying. Totally terrifying.

But while it is one of the scariest books I’ve ever read (seriously, don’t read it at night unless you yawn through horror movies), it’s also a love story. There’s this story of Mary and how much she loves Travis. I’m going to admit, I really don’t see Travis’s appeal or why Mary loves him, but I did enjoy her ruminations on love and whether it was “enough.”

Furthermore, it’s not just romantic love that Mary thinks about– there’s also familial love and friendship love that she takes time to think about and they are interesting themes to ponder.

I don’t watch horror movies… but I would read the next books in this series. I have it on good authority that they are even better.

Overall rating: 3.5/5. Beautifully written, horror lovers will be even more enamored of The Forest of Hands and Teeth than I was.