TBT Review #10 | The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Posted October 12, 2017 in Book Review, TBT Reviews / 8 Comments

TBT Review #10 | The Forest of Hands and TeethThe Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1
Published by Delecorte Books for Young Readers on March 10th, 2009
Genres: Dystopia, Horror, Young Adult
Pages: 310
Format: Hardcover
Source: Public Library
Purchase on: Amazon | B&N
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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?

My first thought after I finished THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH: WTF did I just read? No, seriously, WTF. I couldn’t coherently put into words how I felt about this book. I’m still not one hundred percent sure if I liked this book enough to even give it three stars, but since I’m itching to read book two I figured it means something. Or at least that the cliffhanger from hell ending worked. One thing I do know for sure? Carrie Ryan is one sadistic author.


  • Three-fourths of the way in I hated every single main character, but by the end of the novel I had somehow forgiven them all for being such selfish, greedy people and making their own desires more important than the lives of their loved ones.


I forgave Mary for making her dreams more important than her loved ones and for her whiny and ungrateful attitude, Jed winning the World’s Worst Big Brother award, Cass for letting jealousy ruin the best thing in her life and blindly following the Sisters without asking why, and Harry and Travis for making a girl more important than family (have you never heard the phrase bros before hoes?!). This is your FAMILY. You can always find another girl, you can’t always find more siblings.

  • Anything cruel she can possibly heap on her characters—she will.

Things continue to go from bad to worse for these kids and they just can’t catch a break! How can authors be so mean? I would grow way too attached and make them all live in a plastic bubble. This is probably why I am a reader and not an author.

  • She left me with so unanswered questions that left me unbelievably unsatisfied.

How did the Unconsecrated (zombies) “return”? Why? When? I hate unanswered questions. I hope she answers my questions in the next couple of books or else I will be deeply disappointed.

  • That. F*cking. Cliffhanger.


I’m so confused about my feelings for THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH. On one hand, Ryan’s writing hooked me instantly. On the other, I just wanted to punch all the characters until they started thinking like rational human beings.


If the sequel doesn’t seriously wow me, I probably won’t continue the series for fear of losing brain cells from repeatedly bashing my head into the wall. Until then, give THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH a try so we can whine and moan and sort out our complex emotional issues together.

About Carrie Ryan

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 Daughter of Deep Silence which will be out summer 2015.

A former litigator, Carrie now writes full time and lives with her husband, two ornery cats and one gullible dog in Charlotte, North Carolina.



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8 responses to “TBT Review #10 | The Forest of Hands and Teeth

  1. I read this one ages ago too Sarah and really enjoyed it for the most part. I was frustrated by the characters as well if I can remember correctly. I’m wondering why I never continued on with the series though. Will have to pick up a copy of book two and hope for the best. Great review Sarah and I hope readers decide to take a chance with this one <3

  2. I was gonna buy this and put it on my TBR for October but wasn’t completely impressed with reviews. I think I’ll borrow this one from the library because the concept is interesting. Not a fan of cliffies tho

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