Hare Moon: An Original Forest of Hands and Teeth Story
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Hare Moon: An Original Forest of Hands and Teeth Story (The Forest of Hands and Teeth 0.5)

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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 sh...more
ebook, 40 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Megan
I'm wavering between 2 and 3 stars here, but because Carrie Ryan has written this story quite a few times already... 2 stars it is.

Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Ryan's work. But this short story, based in the original The Forest of Hands and Teeth world, doesn't feel complete. This short introduces us to teenage Tabitha and her desire to leave the confines of her zombie surrounded village. Our view of Tabitha, her village and her feelings are told, rather than shown. Furthermore, we ar...more
Melissa
In Ryan's first book The Forest of Hands and Teeth we meet Sister Tabitha. Now in Hare Moon we finally see the story behind the egnimatic sister. It is story of love loss and impossible choices.

I love Carrie Ryan's books. In my opinion they are some of the best teen horror out there. I never pictured myself as a person who would enjoy zombie books, but Ryan's writing is brilliant. Her stories elicit the inherent fear that the image of the zombie is supposed to evoke.

While I love her novels, I f...more
the golden witch.
Can I just say how much I love Carrie Ryan’s zombie-filled world? I LOVE IT. And she finally granted my wish of having some backstory to the Forest Village before the first book! YAY!

So here with have Sister Tabitha (who makes her appearance in the first book) and her own little backstory – and surprise! One of the reasons she’s so hard on Mary is because she herself was like Mary in that she wanted out of the Village and wanted to go out in the Forest to find freedom, and when she meets the boy...more
Justine
This is a short story by Carrie Ryan the author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

*SPOILER ALERT*

It's a love story. It's about Tabitha as a teenager and how she becomes a nun when the town leaders decide that she is a dreamer so no man would want to marry her. She leaves the town out through one of the gates into the fenced paths. The unconsecrated always surround her. She ventures all the way to one of the gates. Here she meets Patrick, a boy from another village. They sit, chat and fall in love...more
Bern
I'm not usually big on short stories because they always feel like good ideas wasted on thirty-pages long literary frolics through the Cliche Jungle, but I guess I shouldn't have expected that to happen when it comes to Carrie Ryan - the woman is awesome, after all.

Tabitha's story (or should I say Sister Tabitha? I don't want to, though, because she grows into a bitter bitch by the time the events on Forest of Hands and Teeth take place and although I was still intrigued by her character when I...more
Sandy Farmer
Hare Moon is the prequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth and it tells Sister Tabitha’s story. Some of this makes The Forest of Hands and Teeth make a little more sense because it is just another piece of the puzzle. Sister Tabitha, when she was younger, it turns out was very much like Mary (or should I say, turns out Mary was very much like a young Sister Tabitha). Tabitha feels a call to the forest, to see if there’s more to the outside world than what she’s always been told. She feels a call...more
Pamela
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Warnie B.
Eh. I'm in the minority (yet again, it seems), but I was not a fan of this. Part of the problem here, I will admit, is that I just don't really like short stories in general. I think some folks actually do know how to write them well, but sadly most people do not. This one felt much more like a basic outline for a full-length novel than it did a fully-realized short story. There's NO character development, very little in the way of plot, and several situations that just didn't really seem believ...more
Kacie
I wasn't impressed with Hare Moon. I really love The Forest of Hands and Teeth books and was excited when a free short story was available on the Kindle.

It's short enough, and thank goodness for that. I felt detached throughout the entire book. It's written in third person, present tense, and I haven't read a book written in that perspective, as far as I'm aware. And maybe it's just because I wasn't used to it, but I thought the writing was stilted. It just didn't flow as well as it did for the...more
Tracy
This was my first short story and it was really exciting to see where Sister Tabitha came from. What made her into the wonderfully, terrifying woman she is in The Forest of Hands and Teeth. This is a great companion to the trilogy. My only complaint? I would love more of this story and even farther back. I want to learn everything there is to know about this world and what occurred during the moment of the Return. This whole world that Carrie Ryan has created is so very fascinating and I just wa...more
Rhiannon Frater
I was really excited to hear about this short story that takes place before THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH and is from the viewpoint of Sister Tabitha. It is a short story and not a full-length novel, so be warned it is a quick read.

Again, Carrie Ryan is very adept at drawing us into the world where a village stands in the middle of a forest surrounded by a fence and the Unconsecrated (zombies). The world building in this series has always been top notch and once again I was enthralled by the wor...more
Rebecca
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Erin
Hmmm...I have to say this was a little odd, but for a REALLY quick read it wasn't too bad. Obviously everything was pretty rushed given the short 40 pgs., but Carrie Ryan did manage to draw me into the story more than I would have expected. I never read Forest of Hands and Teeth, so this was an entirely new world for me. I was drawn in by Tabitha's desire to see what lies beyond her sheltered life, and her fearlessness as she dares to go beyond the fences. She and Patrick had such a whirlwind ro...more
Mika O'Donovan
Ryan's short story is a prequel to the events of the first novel in her series of The Forest of Hands and Teeth. She gives us insight into the development of the steely character of Sister Tabitha, and her resolve to protect the safety of the village over the desires of individuals - including her own.

Hare Moon's world building is sparse and lacks the detail to really immerse the reader in the environment of the story. It requires reading at least the first novel in the series to place the cultu...more
»Elisha«
Nook showed 27 pages so I was able to read it quick. Overall, it was worth the read. It's a short story about Sister Tabitha as a young girl. It helped to explain (sorta) why Tabitha is the way she is in Forest of Hands and Teeth book and how she became so devoted to the Sanctuary. I would have liked a little more explanation and a few more pages :) I think Carrie Ryan should do a prequel to Forest of Hands and Teeth about the pre-Return and how it all got started.
Caroline
I liked the idea behind this of going back before the events of The Forest of Hands and Teeth to explain some of the motivations behind Tabitha, but this was a pretty weak short story. Things felt rushed and pretty haphazard, and for the most part this felt like a short retelling of the feelings and reactions that Mary went through in the first book. Happy I was able to read this for free from the library--the insight was interesting, but in the end this was unimpressive.
Theresa
0.5 of the Forest of Hands and Teeth series. Found in The anthology ‘Kiss me Deadly.

Dystopian short story about a girl named Tabitha being drawn to find out what’s on the other side of the fence protecting her village from the “monsters’. After meeting a young man outside the fence, she discovers that they are other villages.

Extremely detailed and rich for a short story. At first it was slow, but then I got caught up in the girl’s search for the truth and her sad relationship with Patrick.

Fa...more
Corley
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7hir7een
This short addition to the Forest of Hands and Teeth series gives readers a glimpse into the background and psychology of Tabitha. Those of you who have read The Forest of Hands and Teeth will recognize Sister Tabitha as the strict, scary, maybe even a little crazy head of the Sisterhood that tries to stifle Mary’s love and curiosity. Hare Moon delves into the past, when Tabitha is a young, curious teenager herself. When she meets a boy on the path into the forest, she learns that what she once...more
Kayleigh {K-Books}
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I really didn't know what to expect when reading Hare Moon. I absolutely loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth series. It was the first zombie book I ever read and I loved it, and both of the sequels that follow it. However as much as I loved FoH&T Tabitha was without a doubt my least favourite character. I really disliked her so much and to find that this short story set years before FoH&T revolved around Tabitha, well it made me really reluctant to start readin...more
Nicole
Hare Moon is a short story by Carrie Ryan, continuing in her well known zombie apocalypse series ‘The Forest of Hands and Teeth’. The short story focuses on Tabitha, one of the minor characters from the first book and how she comes to enter the Sisterhood. The short follows much the same format as its predecessors, the protagonist dreams of leaving the village surrounded by fences but ultimately sacrifices her dreams to protect the people that she cares about.

In reviewing The Forest of Hands and...more
Unabridged Bookshelf
Since this is a short story, this is just a little mini review. Hare Moon by Carrie Ryan is a short story that takes place before the first Forest of Hands and Teeth novel. In The Forest of Hands and Teeth, one of the characters we meet is Sister Tabitha, who is the leader of the Sisterhood in Mary’s village. For those who have not read it, the Sisterhood is a group of nuns, who are in charge of the village. While I still do not like Tabitha, I did like seeing how she got to where she was in the...more
Richelle
I feel bad for giving this story such a low score, given how much I like the Forest of Hands and Teeth series. But all of Ryan's heroines sound the same. They have the same needs, desires, and dreams. They walk the same and talk the same and I've grown tied of this particular story. That being said, I enjoy Carrie Ryan's writing. This series is one of the most unique zombie novels I've ever read. I just don't think that Sister Tabitha needed her own story. She already made sense. Especially sinc...more
Chelesbells
"She wonders how the world ever fell apart with this much love in it."

After reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth a couple of weeks ago, I became obsessed with this series. It is incredibly intense, and I just love it! In book one, Sister Tabitha terrified me so I love that this short story is a prequel that tells Tabitha's story as a young girl. Hare Moon sheds so much light on who Tabitha truly was.

Not only is Hare Moon heartbreaking, but it is so eye-opening as to how and why Tabitha grows in...more
Liliana ♥s Mythology
Review also found here: http://lili-lost-in-a-book.blogspot.c...

Tabitha, the curious young gal that she is, knows that there has to be more beyond her fenced village...beyond the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

One day she decides to explore, and on the other side she meets Patrick, who tells her that, indeed, there is more to the world than she could've imagined.

But poor Tabitha is torn between choosing to be with her love or doing what is safe for her village (you know, so they don't become infected...more
Mel
Also on http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.com

I absolutely love "The forest of hands and teeth" series, so I had to read this book about Tabitha. There is no time to connect with her and the story about her life is too short to get to know her. It’s all about her desire for answers; her hunger for more. She decides to sneak out on the path outside the gates, where she meets a boy called Patrick. Every Hare Moon they will meet again, but one day he doesn’t show up.

When Tabitha becomes part of the S...more
Chrystal
If you have loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth Series, you will not want to miss out on this prequel. Looks like Mary wasn't the first girl to want to know what was beyond their little sheltered world. Tabitha has always dreamed of life outside of the fences and has always wanted to go through the gate to travel the fenced paths. Always thinking there has to be more – more survivors, more to see and more to experience. It's an interesting look at Tabitha as a teenager, because she is quite a di...more
Alyssa
I didn't expect much from this once I realized the writing tense was entirely different from that of the Forrest of Hands and Teeth series'.

Not being "in" Tabitha's head was quite a change, as we got to know, and encounter all the same things as the main characters of the series. Here, we are instead told what is happening, and it leaves us with more "but why's" than being able to assume why from what the character has already displayed for us.

Some have said the ending is the best part of this...more
Kate
Tabitha longs to escape from the village, and makes a game of sneaking out of the gate and along the paths, until she goes far enough to read a second gate. That is where she meets Patrick. She falls in love with Patrick during their monthly meetings, but after she is caught sneaking out and forced to become a nun in the church, Patrick misses several meetings. Tabitha hopes they will meet again and she can run away from the village with him. When Patrick finally shows up, during the Hare Moon,...more
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Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Forest of Hands and Teeth series and Infinity Ring: Divide and Conquer. Currently she’s working on a four book middle grade fantasy adventure series co-written with her husband, John Parke Davis, the first book of which, The Map to Everywhere, will be out November 4, 2014. Her next YA is a romantic thriller titled Tur...more
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“It isn't the young men who call to her at night. It's the Forest. It's the whisper of the trees that there's somethine else, outside the fences. That there's still a world that's bigger than any she could ever comprehend and all she has to do is find the strength to go after it.” 6 likes
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