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Carrie Ryan , Vane Millon
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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9 Mar 2010 Forest of Hands and Teeth
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?

Carrie Ryan lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can visit Carrie at

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listening Library; Unabridged edition (9 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307710319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307710314
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,569,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary is a poweful, sympathetic heroine with plenty of depth and complexity, which will draw readers into her struggle for freedom. (Damian Kelleher WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY)

The narrative sets a cheerless scene and the careful and often compassionate crafting of the horrors of the living dead add to the horror of the situation which Mary finds herself in. However, one of the great strengths of the book is its ability to make clear the resilience and determination of the human spirit, not only to survive but to search for those dreams which make existence whole. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is an assured debut. (BOOKS FOR KEEPS)

Compelling enough to suggest that zombies may be the new vampires. (Lisa Tuttle THE TIMES)

What makes this captivating, apart from the beauty of the prose, its wonderfully measured pace and neat plot twists, is the tension between Mary's dreams and the ever-present knowledge of the evil surrounding the village. For once, the hype surrounding a novel is not exaggerated. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is unputdownable. (Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN)

"Ryan writes with an infectious style that draws the reader in, buoying them with momentum at the right moments before delivering sequences of tense action. It's a very effective style and one that will surely resonate with fans of similar novels. A worthy and highly recommended read." (SCI-FI NOW)

The Forest of Hands and Teeth truly is so much better than Twilight on numerous levels. Ryan has taken a familiar horror theme - the apocalyptic zombie tale - and refreshed it by setting Mary's story several generations beyond the fall of civilisation, with an intriguing and exciting plot that never quite takes the expected path. The book is well written, the language concise and easy to read. The characters are as realistically flawed as any teen you may meet, and never fall to stereotyping. (HORROSCOPE)

Every once in a while, I come across a book that completely sucks me in from the very first page. 'The Forest of Hands and Teeth' is an astonishing debut, skillfully written by Carrie Ryan, poignantly narrated by Mary, powerfully unforgettable, and better than advertised. The Forest of Hands and Teeth' is one of the best debuts of the year. (FANTASY BOOK CRITIC)

The Forest of Hands and Teeth is diverting, its mixing of romance and zom-conventions oddly engaging. Expect sequels. (Guy Haley DEATHRAY)

The Forest of Hands and Teeth is original, gripping and rich in metaphor. In the cluttered zombie fiction market, it stands out like a living creature among reanimated corpses. (James Lovegrove THE FINANCIAL TIMES)

I was terrified in parts, but I could not put it down. (TEEN TITLES Holly Kesterton, Gracemount High)

"Readers who have enjoyed the 'Twilight' series will love this novel, with its strong characterisation, intense atmosphere and supernatural motif." (Sandra Bennett THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Surrounded by death one girl must learn what it is to live. The debut of the year: moving, scary, stunning. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I wasn't expecting too much from "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" after reading a few reviews from disappointed readers and after reading 50 or so pages I was beginning to think I should have listened to them and avoided this one. BUT THEN, it suddenly improved and I couldn't put it down! So with that said, it's fair to say that this book is a bit a chewy to begin with, but persevere because it's so worth it, and here's why:

The world of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" is unlike our own. Surrounded by fences like caged animals the villagers of Mary's, our main protagonist, town are trapped. Or are they? The Sisterhood holds many secrets except one - if that fence is breached there will death. Because outside of the fence lies the forest, and inside the forest are the Unconsecrated. The unconsecrated are infected humans; zombies desperate to infect the living. The Sisterhood, those controlling the villagers, promise that the village is safe. The fences are patrolled by the guardians. They cannot get in. That is, until the fence is breached, the alarms bare and Mary must make a decision. Fight or run.

I liked Mary. Sometimes. I liked her because she had ideas, she believed that there was more than just her village left - they couldn't possibly be the only living people left to preserve humanity. She's extremely inquisitive, which is great because we readers want to find out as much as we can about the secrets the Sisterhood are keeping. But sometimes I really wanted her to shut up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Non zombie, zombie book! 8 Dec 2011
By Emma
I loved that this was a story about zombies where the focus was on the living. Mary lives in a simple time where the focus is on surviving. The Unconsecrated (zombies) are not a recent development but something everyone has lived with all of their lives. Living in a village surrounded by fences Mary's daily life is simple and full of chores, but if the warning bell rings there has been a breach and everyone must get to elevated platforms built into trees to stay away from the dead. To ensure survival the sisterhood demand that everyone marries as soon as they are ready. Mary has the weary task of marrying someone who loves her even if she loves someone else. Soon Mary starts asking questions such as who gave the Sisterhood their power, what are they hiding and what are behind the gates in the village?

From very early on in this novel I felt there were similar tones to the M. Night Shyamalan film "The Village". You have that feeling of being isolated and only knowing the village but suspecting that there must be something else outside through the Forest of Hands and Feet. The writing in this book made me fell that I was full immersed in the life (even if I was lying on a sun lounger beside a pool!!) and was feeling all of the doubts along with Mary.

I loved the characters in this book, well I didn't LOVE them all, I thought there were some nasty characters, but I thought they were all well written. The story does not rush along either. I read this book in a day, but I felt like I had been reading it much longer as the story took it's time to unfold and develop. There were certain parts to the story, where she would find something which we would be familiar with but was completely foreign to Mary, which made me want to shout at the book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A zombie novel with brains 9 July 2009
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
Mary lives in a village surrounded by the Unconsecrated (essentially zombies) who claw at the fence keeping them out. Her options are stark - she can wait for a boy to claim her for his bride or she can join the Sisterhood (a quasi-religious organisation who give the village its morals and control its history). Mary hopes that Travis will claim her but is instead claimed by his brother, Henry. When her mother is involved in a tragic accident, Mary is taken in by the Sisterhood, where she becomes embroiled within their secrets, including the discovery of a mysterious girl called Gabrielle, who Mary is sure is from outside the village. As Mary tries to discover the truth about the world outside, the Unconsecrated break through the village's defences and Mary is sent on a terrifying quest for survival.

There is much to admire in this debut novel. Ryan's village is a complex and highly structured world and there's a strong mystery surrounding the Sisterhood, personified through Sister Tabitha a zealot who will do anything and sacrifice anyone to keep the village safe. The constant moans of the Unconsecrated is a chilling reminder of the dangers surrounding Mary and her friends.

The set piece scenes are excellent - notably a heartbreaking moment involving Mary and her mother and a key scene where Mary and her friends are trapped on a platform being consumed by fire while the Unconsecrated wait below. Mary's an interesting character, driven by an irresistible curiosity to see the ocean that her mother has told about and troubled by her religious doubts. It's refreshing to read a YA novel with a love triangle where the female's wants are put above those of the male characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly but bleakly written
The quality of the writing in Forest of Hands and Teeth is superb, and normally I would enjoy any book in any genre that was this well written. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking in substance
Initially, I found THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH engaging. However, I did feel that about half way through to two thirds of the way through, the story did suffer a lull. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brida
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost interest
Initially, I was engaged by this book. The writing style and the story was compelling enough to keep me interested for the first 25%. But then I got bored quickly and gave up. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
The Forest of Hands and Teeth was an ok read, but I struggled with it from the beginning.

The description at the start was decent but failed to captivate me; I had to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. Glassborow
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I've been looking for a good book to read as I get through a book a week, and now I have a series to last me three weeks :) I got so lost in the story I didn't realize how much I'd... Read more
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I enjoyed this because it isn't like Twilight. She has a much older authorial voice. It's well-paced and reminded me a little of The Hand Maidens Tale (Attwood) but not as... Read more
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"The Forest of Hands & Teeth" tells a story that we can all relate to; in a setting that we cannot.

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