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Hare Moon (The Forest of Hands and Teeth 0.1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,999 Ratings  ·  218 Reviews
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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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
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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
Dec 08, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
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
Apr 17, 2012 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, disappointed
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
Jaqueline Miguel
Sep 26, 2015 Jaqueline Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Há algum tempo atrás (ou deveria dizer, há uns quantos anos atrás) li o primeiro livro desta série, denominado A Floresta de Mãos e Dentes. Foi-me emprestado por uma amiga minha e eu não sabia que era o primeiro de uma série porque não andava muito informada em termos livrólicos. As coisas mudaram e, quando soube da existência da série, decidi que queria lê-la toda e arranjei os e-books.
Este conto é então o primeiro de uma série de contos extra que a autora escreveu e vem contar-nos o passado
Mar 10, 2012 Justine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short story by Carrie Ryan the author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth.


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 lov
Aug 17, 2012 Bern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 25, 2011 Kacie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-2011-read, ebooks
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
Sonny Mitchell
Nov 10, 2014 Sonny Mitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful novella. I'm glad I read it. It gave me answers to my questions that I didn't receive in "The Forest of Hands and Teeth". Now I understand why Tabitha is the way she is. This short story presented me with heaps of different emotions. I feel like this trilogy is going to become one of my favourites.
Apr 13, 2012 Carolina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dl
This was sad :(
Tabitha can't accept that the village is all that life has to offer and dreams of what may be outside the fence other than the living dead. Her obsession takes her to the gate every day where she makes contact with Patrick from another village, proving that there are other survivors. Now her dreams are of a future with Patrick, and her dedication to the Sisterhood comes under question.

This was an interesting prequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, showing how Tabitha found it hard to accept he
Jan 09, 2012 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rhiannon Frater
Jan 19, 2012 Rhiannon Frater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Mar 29, 2011 »Elisha« rated it really liked it
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.
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Alliyah Pontiac
This book was merely a glimpse to what the Forest of Hands and Teeth. This showed a side of on of characters and how they turned out the way they did.
Nov 27, 2016 Ema rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
Gives you an insight into sister Tabithas life and you better understand why the village was the way it was.
Even though it was short I was tearing up at the end. (the fact that it was late and I was tired might have helped that)
If you liked The Forest of Hands and Teeth series you will like this book. If not, it's short so you won't waste too much time.
Jan 24, 2017 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blech. Loved it but hated it. As always with Carrie Ryan.
Mika O'Donovan
Jun 20, 2014 Mika O'Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, horror, apocalyptic
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
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Hare Moon Review on K-Books

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
Jun 30, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you're looking at this novella you probably have already devoured the entire series of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" and are wondering where this all fits in. This short novella takes us through the life of Sister Tabitha, who you'll remember is pretty uptight and very rule-focused. BUT NOW, we find out why!

Tabitha knows about the hidden paths leading into the forest. She knows that it is forbidden to walk them. But she also knows that she is compelled to do it anyway! In this way, she's no
Michele at A Belle's Tales
"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
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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
Aug 29, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: age-ya, zombies, 2012
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
Sep 02, 2012 Alyssa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
Jun 11, 2011 Mel (Daily Prophecy) rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012, novella
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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
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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 Dau ...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.” 7 likes
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