The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

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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?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 26mm | 240g
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0575090863
  • 9780575090866
  • 65,996

About Carrie Ryan

Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Carrie Ryan is a graduate of Williams College and Duke Law School. A FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH is her first novel. A former litigator, she now writes full time. She lives with her writer/lawyer boyfriend and two fat cats in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Rating details

74,444 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
5 27% (20,455)
4 29% (21,574)
3 25% (18,584)
2 12% (9,061)
1 6% (4,770)

Our customer reviews

Hellow, When I first read the synopsis of this book I was seduced by the writing and the plot that was presented and although I know see how obvious the title is , I entered the history expecting a paranormal book instead of a zombie one. Although it was a surprise and quite a shock, usually I am not so blind to this kind of associations it turned out to be an awesome one. This world grabbed me to the seat(in this case my bed and pillows) until the end and I read it in one sitting, with a pause to dinner, and I was very happy that I picked this up. I've read some mixed reviews of The Forest of Hands and Teeth and although I am a totally believer that everyone has right to their own opinion ,I can't agree with the people that say ,that her writing is a mess, on the contrary, I find it very evocative of other literary styles and quite lyrical, this worked very well on this plot and you can see that specially on the first part of this book, Mary, the main character has melancholy on her words and there are phrases that made me sigh, it was sad and sometimes raw and still beautiful. This is mainly written in a very creepy detailed way, and although I don't find it gory, it is quite explicit in a way that you can almost see the scenes and ear the noises but is not scientific about it, specially when it comes to the Unconsecrated prefer it, this way. The first part of this book was written in a way that you can't almost tell when this present is on the timeline, because of the setting and the way develop in that moment, the world building was not very much explained, personally, that is something I hate in a book, but on this situation it worked perfectly, after all, we are following Mary's thoughts and she does not know about the world much, so its normal that we don't know nothing too, it makes sense and its part of makes you want to keep reading. I have to say that although the characters are important and they were all acceptable and I understand the need for them to be there, I didn't connect with neither of them the way I did with Mary. This is a girl desperate to get free, you are her company on her trip to madness, she is just complex and very human, she is selfish like anyone else that is exasperating for life, she feels the loneliness and hurts with it, jealousy for shallow things like someone of her age would feel and most import you can see how unstable she is, how obsessive and even maniacal she can be about her Dream to meet the Ocean because for her that means Hope, and after all, isn't what makes us humans, the way that we always hang to things in order to make them real? She's breaking down , struggling, believing and getting up and Carrie Ryan gave you the privilege of assist while Mary demands more of the life people impose to her. Don't get me wrong, this was not a perfect book, there was not so believable times that screamed YA to me, I always felt like this was on the path to became over the top, aspects like , being saved on the last second of so many deadly situations and even some of her thoughts about this triangle, were a bit annoying and dramatic, still and luckily it fail to disappoint me, and I was quite surprised by it, that's why it deserves such an high rating for an YA. The thing that most people complain about this book was probably the writing like I talked before, that I totally disagree with and the way the author leaves lots of questions to be answered, to me that was the wisely thing to do, it kept me expecting and it make me hanging on to it even more, hopefully the sequel will keep this mystery and still gives us something to hold on, looking forward to it. Regards, Yours sincerely, Skeleton more
by SkeletonOrchid
I loved this book, it takes a few chapters to get into but then a very fast read about a disease that turns humans into unstoppable zombies, it is really about love in a dark time... Read it cover to cover in 1 day!!!show more
by Karen cohen
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