The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1)
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...more
Or this family?
Take a good long hard look at all of their faces.
See how happy, how healthy, how loving they are. Imagine you've known them your entire life and that you love each one more than life itself.
Now imagine if you were one of the people in that photograph with them.
Now imagine that I told you and all those other people standing and smiling with you that I was going to kill you all so that I could go for a trip to the beach...
Okay, now you know the basic plot of The Fo...more
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1. Make sure you write the book in a POV that distances us from the narrator. If you have no idea how to write 1st Person Present, do it any way. It makes the book confusing and fun for your reader to plow through. Also, make sure your narrator's POV is very boring. Boring enough to put Plato, Jane Austen, and Shakespeare to sleep.
2. Make your narrator a selfish, boring girl with little to no life outside of her love interest and one singular hobby. Whether i...more
The first was the delicate story that was clearly and wisely aimed at young adults: that of Mary, who lives in a village isolated from the rest of the world thanks to a zombie plague that rages outside its gates. In this tale, when Mary's parents become infected, and the m...more
First of all, I truly disliked the writing style. Present tense writing can do wonders in skillful hands (see Wake, Fade by Lisa McMann), but in this case this style was mishandled, it didn't add any kind of intensity to the story. Quite the opposite, I was extremely irritated by it.
I don't think this book was in any way original. It read mostly like kind of Village/Dawn of the...more
Sometime in the future, the world is overrun by zombies--people infected by an unknown virus that causes them to return as the undead and feed on human flesh--called the "Unconsecrated". Mary lives in a village surrounded by the Forest of Hands and Teeth, where the Unconsecrated are kept out by a chain-link fence, and to the villagers' knowledge, they may be the last bastion of uninfected humanity. Mary's little world is ruled by fear and the people have turned to a Medieval-like relig...more
This book is amazing. Did you hear that? It is an amazing BUK.
Oh, God. Sorry for the nuttymadam reference. Dear Lord.
Anyway. I'm not quite done, but fuck! is this book good. I can't believe I actually thought of giving up on it once. It's SO GOOD.
How many times has Kira ever told you that a book was amazing? Italics amazing? Not that many times.
I just can't get over it. Here are a few things that I fucking love about it:
a) Mary is such a zombie-killing mennonite badass. I c...more
I particularly enjoyed this novel. The writing was beautiful, it was one of the best written novels I’ve read in a while. The plot itself, while it did remind me of a mix of the movies The Village and I Am Legend, I still found it to be original in context. It was captivating and suspenseful, I had a very hard...more
This book is told from the perspective of Mary, a young woman growing up in a small, isolated village surrounded by...more
Mary lives in a confined village surrounded by fences to keep the Unconsecrated out. The Unconsecrated are zombie like beings that thirst for human flesh/blood. They came after The Return which brought...more
It was like the author lost a bet over how minimal a vocabulary she could use to write a book. Ocean. Ocean. OCEAN. OCEAN OCEAN OCEAN I swear to god stop saying ocean talk about something else anything else. Seriously. Do not hit your readers over the head with a hammer we GET IT. WE GET IT DON'T REMIND US EVERY CHAPTER I AM DROWNING IN YOUR SEA OF OCEANS.
All the main c...more
Awwww! Sooo cute! Let's look at just one more before I start my review.
Sooo..... Cute.... Kind of weird to see little baby bunnies if you know what this book is about. Probably just my ADHD kicking in.
Ahem...... alright, so before I get to what I didn't like about this 3.5 star book, let me start with what I absolutely ...more
I know, I know, big secret. I say so on my profile page. But what I really love are zombie apocalypses. I love the terror of feeling that you're alone and there are legions of the undead swarming around and the only thing between you and certain (but temporary) death is a marginal amount of luck and maybe a little skill.
I love apocalyptic fiction on its own, of course. But there is just something about zombie apocalypses. Now, you're not just on your own to fend for yourself in an...more
Mary lives in a village surrounded by the Forest of Hands and Teeth.
The Unconsecrated fill the forest, moaning, trying to get into the village, to devour and make more of their own by a single bite, which will spread the infection. They don't give up. They want to feed.
The Sisterhood holds the secrets of the village, from before the Return. No one knows the truth, except them.
The Guardians protect the village, and make sure the fence holds back the Unc...more
The Guardians are a bunch of sissies!
Yes, the Unconsecrated are relentless
And the fence! That damn fence. How did it get there? Was it made out of the strongest metal?
And the book! This book, I mean, is peppered with selfish characters! From Mary down to Jacob. But 'o course Mary gets the award for being the Bitch Queen of Egotism.
And you know what? For some reason I still think Carrie Ryan is a damn good writer. This book is...more
The writing, the world, the characters were all so interesting and haunting, which made you become totally involved in the story from the beginning.
The characters in The Forest Of Hands and Teeth were extremely three dimensional to the point were you felt tha...more
Props to the writer who faintly has beautiful way with words, but also has a way with boring me to tears. Yet, I can't tell if I'm bored stiff because of the way it’s written that causes my eyes to go heavy with sleep, or if perhaps it’s the plot. It could be the characters in addition. Or, possibly it’s a...more
One thing I do know: Mary is a fine example of the uber-selfish heroines that are common in YA, particularly paranormal/dystopian fiction. I'm fine with reading a selfish, unpleasant narrator -- but what I don't like is when selfishness is portrayed as a positive trait. Selfishness isn't mental strength. As with ma...more
Mary, the main character, lives in a village some time in the not-so-distant future where civilization has been set back by hundreds of years, because of something called "The Return." The village is surrounded by a fence which holds back th...more
I found Ryan's writing beautifully and painfully evocative, and the present tense lent an immediacy to the narration that really worked. There are times when the thi...more
He told me this would make me cry buckets. I SHALL NOT CRY.
Mary lives in a post-apocalyptic world, in a town surrounded by fences to protect them from the Unconsecrated (aka, zombies). Her mother told her incredible stories about the ocean and about a time before the Return. Mary dreams of going to the ocean, of being free of the fences, the Unconsecrated, and the strict, religious Sisters.
The night Mary is to be officially married to a man she does not love, the...more
To be fair, our protagonist doesn’t seem to be able to kill people with her brain, so that’s strike one....
Because I really, really did want to like this darn thing, and Hazel thought it was shiny, but... but I just couldn’t.
Partly it was the way the main character’s entire pe...more
What will they think up next? If they were like some YA writers, most likely the same crap they have been spinning over the past two decades. Well, maybe just one decade. And this is the part where I yearn for the authors of my past lives, and/or the nineties.
Originally, when I wrote this prehistoric review, I gave an extra star out of acknowledgement of hard work. It can keep it, I guess. But by the time I revisited this in the future, I was hoping that the scenery would have graduated from z...more
Mary’s mother goes to the fences everyday to look into The Forest of Hands and...more
I had never read any books about zombies, for two reasons. First, Robin McKinley has never written a book about them. Second, I am a wimp. A big one. I saw "Poltergeist" when I was 19 and I still have nightmares about it. Forget "Thriller." U...more
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And I don't have enough time now, never enough time. I want to be in the moment with him, feel his body against mine and think of nothing else, but my mind explodes with grief for all that I am missing. All that I will miss. All that I have wasted.”