The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan

I don’t know where I first heard about this book, but I had been looking for it in Cleveland for quite a while — I wanted to read it, but I had too many other books to read to bother putting it on hold. When I was at my library in Jacksonville the other day looking for a completely different book, that I could not find for the life of me even with the help of a librarian, I was like, hmm. Is it here? It was!

And then I read it. Way.

At first, I was concerned that the book would be like the movie The Village, which was TERRIBLE and no one should ever have to watch it. It starts off rather the same, with creepy things in the woods that break in every once in a while and then the villagers have to hide lest they be taken away. I don’t remember what’s supposed to happen to those villagers in The Village (traumatic experiences and all that), but in this book they get eated and turned into ZOMBIES. A zombie book! Yessssss!

That’s all you really need to know about this book — well, I guess also that it’s a young adult novel so it’s all full of teenage protagonists and whatnot. But whatever, ZOMBIES. Nomnomnombrains.

Welllllll… okay, so there are zombies, which is awesome, but they are really secondary to this story of a crappy future where zombies have taken over and there’s a village run by fundamentalists who keep lots of secrets and they tell everyone that there’s nothing else out there, just this village and these zombies (well, they say Unconsecrated, but zombies) but our hero, Mary, is all “My mother told me about the ocean” and not really down with what those fundamentalists are selling. It’s more than zombies. But there are zombies. And sequels, which I will definitely be reading.

Rating: 8/10
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See also:
Book Addiction
Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?
books i done read
Devourer of Books
Book Nut

Pass me yours, if you’ve got ’em.

10 thoughts on “The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan

  1. Amy says:

    I want the soundtrack to that movie. I remember being really impressed by the violins/fiddles. Also, I didn't think it was that bad. Much better than The Happening, which really is one of the worst movies ever.

  2. Alison says:

    I do recall the soundtrack being pretty okay. But regardless of the quality of the movie, this book is better! So go read it. 😛

    Also, I know not this Happening. What is it?

  3. Mary says:

    I can answer this!

    It was a later M. Night Shyamalan movie with Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel, in which the planet is taken over by… something. It's very eco-terror-y. I only saw it once, and the scene where someone in a trance gets run over by a lawn mower was too rich for my blood.

  4. Amy says:

    For that lawnmower scene I was sitting in the theater next to Tony, my hands over my face and I may or may not have been whimpering.

    The earth was taken over by the plants who were pissed at us for overpopulating. Hence the “whatever” of death never really made it out of Pennsylvania because the Midwest is depopulated enough.

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