Monday, 19 December 2011

Review: The Forest Of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan


At The Other End:

In Mary's world, there are simple truths.
The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated with never relent.
And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the villiage. The fence that protects the villiage 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 poer. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.
Now she must choose between her villiage 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 by so much death?

First Impressions Last:

I've been wanting to read this book for a while (like a lot of my other books, I know). Finally, I saw this on a Book Swap on Goodreads and signed up for it. A lot of people have said different things about this book and that there are mixed reviews, yet they all generally point in the same direction with this book.

Behind the 308 Pages:

This book has it's positives, then it has it's negatives.

The positives of this book, that I fell in love with, was the plot line and the idea of the story.
The negatives of this book were the characters. Yet the inclusion of these characters made us want to read more, despite our constant need to want to slap them (Mary especially).

In regards to the positives. I loved this book for the originality of the story and the idea of everthing, as well as everything that happened. This only added to the drama of the story and it pulled me constantly through the book. (Started late/early at night on tuesday and finished afternoon on wednesday). The original yet new light we see the Unconsecrated (i.e Zombies) is refreshing, yet original through their looks and characteristics. This book has a lot of moments that are heart-wrenching. That tear-jerking moment/chapter end threw us home to the end of the novel and towards the final obstacle. Questions still remain from this book, but hopefully they will be answered within the next novel. These questions are the real cliffhanger that his book holds at it's final pages. We want to find answers and we want to be able to then think back to this novel and understand why most of the things happened the way that they did. Everything that happens in the plot-line was intriguing and I loved it. It kept me hooked.

Negatives. The characters. Yes, something this small affected practically the whole book. Ok, let's go through a basic run-down of them and why they completely brought this novel down:

Where do I start with Mary. She's our protagonist, which means there's more to hate about her in this book. She has trust issues, especially with her brother.* She is innocent, despite her constant curiosity to know more about life and about this new world and the secrets it holds. She doesn't realise what and who she has** She takes people for granted and oozes selfishness. She has courage in a sense but she doesn't have it when she needs it*** She cannot make up her mind. She doesn't know what/who she wants, leaving everyone suffering**** Basically summing Mary up is that she acts like a complete and total CHILD. She needs to grow up and face her problems and not try and stick to a fantasy or to something that she has just found out about in a life-altering moment. She is supposed to be of marrying age (16, 17 18-ish!)*****

The Sisterhood
More like the Society of Secretive B***hes (<-- language cover-up, not spoiler). Wow, do these ladies like to keep things to themselves. They also love to live by the word of God~ They basically are the God's of the village, they are superior through knowledge and power. They know about the outside world. They know that they are strong enough to basically "brainwash" the people~~ They tell everything how it is straight. They are mean to Mary, yet their emotions and moods swing when someone else is there.

This girl has some serious mental issues. You. Are. Insane. She doesn't get the reality of what is happening as well as what she is hearing when it is something different from what she has been told by the Sisterhood. Also her confliced emotions are very raw and make her seem psychotic*

Oh how I loathe him. He is the type of person who needs to have someone with him**

These two really need to sort out their priorities. Even they are only a year or so apart their mind set is similar in what they attract.***

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth

What's Next:

Hare Moon (Forest of Hands and Teeth #0.5)

At the Other End:
Tabitha can’t shake the feeling that something exists beyond the fences of her village. And when she sneaks out, past the gates and down the path into the Forest of Hands and Teeth, she meets a boy who teaches her heart things she never knew. But love in a world surrounded by so much death doesn’t come without its sacrifices, and Tabitha gradually realizes just how much she’ll have to give up to live among the Unconsecrated.
(P.S. AKA Sister Tabitha from Forest of Hands and Teeth #1)

The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth #2)

At the Other End:
lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.

The Dark and Hollow Places (Forest of Hands and Teeth #3)

At the Other End:
are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.
Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.
But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?


*seriously, why would you trust someone after they completely shut you out, especially if it's your own brother because he is the one who was supposed to be protecting you, not throwing you at, especially when you're both hurting. I don't care if that's the way that he deals with his grief, by taking it out on others. But you don't go running back into his arms the minute you see him again and he starts acknowledging you. Especially without an apology beforehand at least

**in the beginning she questions everyones love for her, and to why she hasn't been "proposed" to yet, making her feel like she is unloved which, also causes her lack to recognise and act against these feelings

***she needs to have the courage to ask for answers instead of thinking that they will just be handed to her, like with Travis etc

****Between Travis and Harry she really needs to make up her mind, it is not some game and she doesn't realize what she has with these two until it's gone. Sometimes she wants Travis because she doesn't give up on him when he never even came/spoke for her, yet she doesn't realise until this that she should give Harry a chance. Sometimes she relates back to her "marriage" to Harry, but then she talks about her 'undying love' for Travis. When she nearly loses Travis as he crosses the rope, her actions now, doesn't make up for her neglecting him and ditching him half the time when they were alone in the house. But because something bad starts to happen and he might not make it out alive, she starts realizing what matters and doesn't let go(metaphorically speaking with the whole rope scenario)

*****Tells Travis about the ocean when he tells her the reality of it from someone who has been there. Her trying to show Travis the papers while he was busy trying to secure the rope to the other side so they can get out of the house saftely.etc

~yet their experiments do the people more harm than good

~~There is nothing outside of the villiage

*telling Mary, that she loves Harry, yet even though Mary loves Travis she still won't let her have him, then Harry will get her. Really the decision is simple. If you love Harry, then 'switch' with Mary

**After he lost his father, he had his sister. After he lost his mother, he had Beth. After he lost Beth, he has no one so he has no other choice but to go to his sister whom he kicked out. Is it the fact that he needs someone who is his own flesh and blood beside him that keeps him going? You would think that after his mothers death, he would be with Mary. Yet he kicks her out and gives her to the sisters. THEN, after the whole town is being ravaged he falls back to his sister because he knows that his wife is going to die. Ok you do start to warm up to him but then after he falls you do get a little sad because things were starting to lighten up between them.

***they are both in love with the same girl, yet one has a claim on her and doesn't even show these feelings in her time of need. Doesn't come to visit her while with the Sisters. Doesn't try and speak for her after her brother threw her out. Harry only comes by her again because his brother is in the infirmary. By then Travis starts to let his feelings for Mary show because of all the time they spend together. But then he doesn't come for her and lets her marry his brother. But then Harry starts to fall for Cass, then he ends up marrying Mary. Then after they wed Travis becomes interested in Mary again. It is all too much to handle between them two.


  1. I listened to this one and the characters drove me crazy.

  2. I loved the Forest of Hands and Teeth series, and I'm not a zombie fan. I've never heard of "Hare Moon" before, so thanks for sharing.

  3. Yes, the characters did it too me the worst :/

    No worries, let us know what you thought of Hare Moon once you've read it. Look out for the review.


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