Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

RATING: StarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Post-Apocalyptic | Dystopia

(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 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-betweenthe 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?


It is too tragic for me. The hopelessness of a post-apocalyptic setting became even more hopeless because the female lead is very, very indecisive. And this indecisiveness led to regret which I do not need in my zombie world. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is the first zombie book I read and did not like. The premise is good, but the main character is such a downer.

My sour feelings to Mary doubled as the story progressed. I was thinking, “Is this the type of heroine I want to emulate should I be stuck in her shoes?” Hell no. Because Mary is of no help to herself and to others. If I may be so blunt, she is the hindrance and the burden of the lot she was with. As for Travis… words are not enough to convey what I felt for him. In spite of his disability, he came out to be the strongest in character. Mary did not deserve you, Travis. And it broke my heart that you are not enough.

In a sense, The Forest of Hands and Teeth got me shipwrecked.  Days and weeks have passed and yet I still felt the loss. The heartbreak. And it would’ve been acceptable if Mary has any lick of sense to know what is important and what is not.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

  1. Wow, I found someone who also didn’t like The Forest of Hands and Teeth, despite all of the rave reviews on Amazon. My problem with Mary was that she was a truly repulsive character that was selfish and (as you said) indecisive. She causes the deaths of everyone around her! Yet she is the ‘hero.’ Ugh.

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