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

Synopsis (from the back cover): 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?

Age: 11 or 12

Inappropriate content: Not much. The zombies and such might frighten younger readers.

My thoughts: I thought this was a decent book, but not one of the bests I’ve read. The book revolves around zombies and I’m not a huge fan of undead stories. The story was well-written and the author had distinct voice. The characters came alive. I recommend this book only if you like zombies.

Sequels: The Dead-Tossed Waves; The Dark and Hollow Places

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Filed under Ages 10-12, Ages 13-15, Books I Liked, Dystopian

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