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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 by so much death?

10 thoughts on “The Forest of Hands and Teeth

  1. says:

    How to Write a Best Selling YA Novel1 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 it be loving the ocean loving books or loving to whine make sure it's only one hobby We can't have her be interesting or three dimensional That would make her complex and intriguing Also make sure she has a best friend that she can envy and a boy that adores her It gives her reasons to angst and whine Then top it off with a tragic past Often both parents should be dead and she should have a relative that hates her That way if a reviewer says she's whiny and annoying someone can refute this by saying she has reasons to be whiny and annoying 3 Love triangles are a must If you can make sure that you give no reason why the romantic leads are in love with each other And then give the heroine a love interest that absolutely adores her Make sure that both boys love the girl but the girl just loves one for no particular reason Actually chemistry isn't necessary See Hush Hush Twilight and Fallen for abusive love triangles They're just so much fun But if you want to deprive your reader of that delicious voyeuristic experience make both love interests as boring and bland as you see fit 4 Research popular trends This is a must If you see vampires are popular don't write about them You're and original creative being Choose angels instead Or better yet demons If you're feeling really adventurous pick up a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Then randomly flip to any page But make sure your beast has lips and is capable of having abs like a chiseled Greek god Disregard the fact that most Greeks gods actually raped women when they wanted sex That part isn't important If you're stuck skip to step six5 If you can't find something totally awesome pick up a popular adult book Or better yet a movie Make sure it's a really bad movie One that bombed at the box office so no one will know where you stole your plot If you're trying to find really bad movies search M Night's catalog Pick The Village Don't research the history behind the movie If you can avoid the fact that M Night was sued for plagiarism over that script Your story can stand on its own It just needs that one special thing6 If you don't know what special creature needs to be in your book don't fret Pick a number between one and ten If you picked anything above five you've got zombies on your hands Anything below five and you're wrestling with unicorns If you picked five you've got a boring contemporary novel on your hands Human boys suck7 Use a plot generator And make your story very predictable but annoyingly ambiguous so you can leave room for a seuel 8 Don't spend a few weeks developing your characters9 Try your hand at being Dan Brown for a day Create some lame conspiracies 10 Research is the bane of your existence You don't have to actually read about your subject matter Why read a fantasy novel if you're writing fantasy? That's just stupid If you're writing about a post apocalyptic world forget about logic Don't even touch any other books You're much better than those writers Why spoil your creative juices with inspiration What a disgusting word that is If you're writing about angels and demons don't you dare touch the bible Stay far away from Paradise Lost the Divine Comedy or any of that sick canon that stunts your creativity Same thing for zombies Don't read or watch anything related to zombies In fact barely focus on the zombies at all Your boring love triangle is much interesting11 Think up an awesome title Remember that's the most important part Once you've got the reader hooked on that nothing else matters 12 Spend one week writing the novel Better yet take a page out of John Hughes book Spend one day finishing that bad boy 13 Don't get anyone else to read it They'd just give you that nasty thing called criticism Just send it through spell check two or three times That's all the editing you really need 14 Spend three weeks on the uery Make sure you only tighten the first page of your manuscript Those are the most important parts After all teens these days just don't need decent literature You're in this for the paycheck remember?15 Once you have your agent and your three book deal make sure to suck up to your cover artist Your book needs to look awesome for it to sell 16 Write up a few thin outlines for the rest of the trilogy and give it to your ghost writer If you can sueeze out a spin off series17 Give ARCs to everyone you know Make sure you bribe them to write good reviews18 Sit back and bathe in the awesomeness of having your book debut on the New York Times bestselling list Watch the royalty checks come in and pad your pockets19 Sell your movie rights as fast as possible 20 Now that your book is mega popular take the time to read it over for the second time Yes this is the second time you've read that novel Don't be embarrassed It rocks Disclaimer For the record I stopped reading this book two thirds of the way through This was satire if any of you are actually thinking of using this as a guide to become the next Stephanie Meyer

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    See this family?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 than life itselfNow 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 beachOkay now you know the basic plot of The Forest of Hands and TeethI've mentioned before that I have a lovehate relationship with zombies On one hand I love reading zombie books and watching zombie movies On the other I will then spend two weeks wide awake clutching a baseball bat while waiting for the shuffle of feet and the moans of the undead outside my bedroom doorI actually have something like this in my houseI love the chase as things fall a part and slowly people are picked off one by one That's the thing that's almost a constant in the Zombie genre is the psychological breakdown of the group Usually in a zombie group you'll find the differing personalities and human flaws are what slowly kills the group not so much the zombiesThe difference between most of the zombie media and this book is that usually you watch things unfold from the sole sane person who is trying to keep all the crazies from turning themselves into meat patties and throwing themselves to the hordeIn this story you get to watch the gradual mental breakdown of a woman until she's willing to sacrifice anything and anyone just to live out a damn fantasyOkay so I know the point of it is that there are dreams and dreams are important like freedom is important and you must always follow your dreams blah de blah blahSorry I'm a very pragmatic person Kill zombies first fulfill life long dream of of seeing ocean secondYet despite my utter hatred of the main character by the time I finished this novel I still can't give it less than five starsI can't give it less than five stars because I spent most of this book gripping the bed covers in suspense The characters were all great realistic and interesting Mary's decent into madness was COMPLETELY understandable and very well documented and this book was very well written and paced very wellThen of course I had the satisfaction of knowing that if it had been me I totally could have survived better than them And that my friends is the biggest satisfaction you can get out of the zombie genreOh yeah babyMy Zombie Plan totally beats the crap out of their Zombie planSo what's YOUR zombie plan?

  3. says:

    Synopsis 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 religious fervor to give them hope Mary grew up with stories of Outside the Forest and fences and her latent desire to uncover the truth eclipses everything when Mary finds out a dangerous secret However a blooming romance further complicates matters and Mary will have to make a choiceMy reviewThe story sounds promising right? It does have potential and the idea is rather uniue especially with the deluge of vampire related YA novels that has been happening but ultimately it didn't do it for me The writing was fine and moved at a nice clip but lacking in detail So much so that there were times when I wasn't even sure where the action was oriented I never got a real feel for the setting I also found myself not caring for the characters and there didn't seem to be much character development one of the pitfalls of first person narrative? Travis the love interest had no discernible personality and so I had no idea why our narrator was so in love with him And for all her suffering I had a hard time drumming up sympathy for MaryThe biggest problem was that the author had too many ideas going on at once and would completely drop story lines altogether No uestions were really answered by the end And while I assume the author is planning one or seuels I have no compulsion to follow Mary's story Because so many seemingly important threads were cut in this book I don't know how they can be picked up again if they would be at allOh and a chain link fence? Come on

  4. says:

    Dear MaryYou went full Shane You never go full ShaneHugs and kisses Kikixoxo

  5. says:

    some mild spoilers aheadohhh boy this was dark and filled with death and zombies and i loved every minute of it literally all my friends found this slow and boring but i'm here like biTCH WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT??? I NEED TO KNOW i'm so shook i literally had such low expectations for this book because everyone hates it I guess I just hate books people love and love books people hatei don't know why but i went into this thinking it was a horror ghost story but it's actually about zombies Mary lives in a very religious village ruled by the Sisterhood and the Guardians the Sisterhood is strict and enforces rules for everyone to follow and stay safe the Guardians have always protected against the Unconsecrated zombies and provided for them when the Unconsecrated break through the fences and start attacking the village Mary has to decide if she wants to find another path to safety or pursue her dreams of finding the oceans and be free this is such a weird book like it's written so simply and dull?? but i actually really liked it it's EXTREMELY simple and melancholic which i feel really complemented the atmosphere of the bookmary's character has like zero personality from the beginning she's always mentioning the ocean Ocean OCEAN and that's what's always on her mind she's so bland and has an obsession with this guy Travis which is the worst fucking romance ever? her personality is the euivalent of a paper and i fucking loved it she's been raised under a strict leadership and defying them would mean being thrown to the Unconsecrated and when she starts learning secrets the Sisterhood is keeping and knows there's life out there she wants to leave and be free i kind of related to her wanting to live her life free of the village and find the truth also this is surprisingly so dark?? one scene in particular that stuck out to me was the zombie baby one Mary and Travis were in this tree house thing where they saw a zombie baby that someone ditched it was pretty sad because this baby can't move is crying and wants food but it's a fucking ZOMBIE BABY Mary had these thoughts that it's literally a baby who wants to be cared for but she just tosses the baby out of the fucking tree and the zombie baby dies again from the fall and i was just what the fuck she waited to feel some kind of guilt but didn't idk this was just damn really stuck out to methere's also a lot of cool zombie attacks and then chasing you shit and death and grossness it was pretty great ok now let's talk about the god damn bullshit ass romance literally what the FUCK was this? Mary has always liked this dude Travis whose brother likes HER so it's a fucking love triangle but our girl Mary here only wants Travis and being without him is like she can't bear it?? which is lowkey unhealthy my guy she's OBSESSED with this guy there's zero chemistry with them and from the beginning she just loves him and wants to be with him at first i was like yaas some smoochy smoochy sex time because i love romance but the romance got weird and cringey real uick and i just did not want their romance other than that Harry Travis's brother wants Mary and it was just awkward also Travis is disabled he has a limp and broke his leg somehow which is revealed later on i was so happy to read about a character with a disabilityi feel like normally i would hate a book like this but??? i didn't which is so surprising to meoverall aside from the shitty romance i really enjoyed this book zombies death secrets isolation it was SO GOOD

  6. says:

    I was very much looking forward to reading this book Great premise rave reviews Unfortunately I was disappointed 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 uite 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 VillageDawn of the DeadI Am Legend combo just worse than either of those stories Then there were these multiple fumbling romances that had no depth to them and only added a thick layer of unnecessary angst to already boring narrativeFinally too many things in this books were left untold I do like it when an author leaves you thinking and allows you to come up with answers on your own but in this case so much was left to my imagination that there was simply not enough information in this book to like the story and get attached to the characters What kind of secret knowledge did the Sisters possess? Where did the zombies come from? Why was Gabrielle the fast one? Did Mary consummate her relationship with Harry or Travis? These uestions were endless Too much was left untold or just hinted at to truly enjoy the book I know the seuel is in the works and I am positive I will not be reading it

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    More filler YA garbage It had potential I guess but the writing uality the plot uality the dialogue uality I just can't 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 OCEANSAll the main character Mary cared about was going to the ocean And told us constantly There was almost nothing else in her empty head and her characterization was so one dimensional it was putting me to sleep Then there was her love for Travis lets put love in uotes because even though she told us she loved him it seemed nothing than a childish obsession with something she couldn't have When she finally did get to live with him she ignored him she barely talked to him neglected he was around her didn't even tell us what was going on I mean are they kissing? Are they having sex? Are they doing nothing? I don't know I'm so glad she filled us in on what it was like living with her supposed love of her life hold on let me stop to roll my eyes okay there we go Because her character is so flat we don't really hear much of what goes on save for her tunnel vision over the ocean and nonsensical diatribe She's one of those famous characters that makes odd jumps in logic for no reason whatsoever and you're like wait how did you get from that thought to the other? I hated the book from the outset when we were launched right into a long stretch of her living in the nunnery and I was just like please attempt to find less ways of boring me and it didn't seem to be getting better In fact it got worse with the whole ridiculous two girls that are engaged to the wrong brother and in love with each other's finace thing Then they finally leave the village and things started to get better but only barely As I mentioned I thought there was one part that was kind of scary that I enjoyed being creeped out byBut then we got to the part where Mary puts on the dress and goes nuts about existentialism and then I was right back to bitter searing author hatred Please authors of YA please give up this vague nonsensical writing you're all so fond of about the outside and the others and and the future it always just sounds like babble specifically from first person point of viewThe main death in the book was about as predictable as what day of the week tomorrow will be seriously There was this one conversation scene where it felt like the character was signing their own death certificate Don't worry you're no longer needed sign here here and here okay great come back in the next scene and we'll get it taken care of thanksAnyway yes I finished the book and of course the ending gives us that YA first book in the series ending where there's not enough closure to create any sort of satisfaction And since the second book is about this main character's daughter I guess any lingering uestions on the fate of the people who weren't mentioned how they ended up at the end are probably answered barely in passing in book 2 And guess what I don't care not reading it byeOkay yes Wigs stop reading YA I know I know I'm trying to get rid of the ones I've purchased and then no

  8. says:

    I don’t think I’ve read a zombie book that I didn’t like Sorry about the spoiler because yes The Forest of Hands and Teeth is as story about zombies but it’s very gracefully written you sometimes forget there are zombies in it Carrie Ryan definitely has an effortless way of bringing art out of her words Her writing seems to have this hypnotic effect on me and I just had to keep readingWriting aside though I think the plot is also very commendable and I think very original The utopian world is literally juxtaposed with the dystopian world and I was very impressed with the idea The main characters live safely in a “Pleasantville ish” village and believe they are the last humans on earth while outside the fence where lies the Forest of Hands and Teeth the “Unconsecrated” surround them keeping the people inside and leaving them no choice but be content with how they live But Mary our main character is a curious sometimes too curious it’s annoying girl and couldn’t accept that all there is to life is their sorry one in the village This is where all the conflicts in the story shall arisePerhaps one of the setbacks of the novel is the heavy romance despite not being really romantic I’m not particularly sure why Mary earns a lot of affection from the boys since she’s not a very likable character to begin with I didn’t find real chemistry with any of the matches and I don’t like how Mary is too indecisive of her feelings I also find it weird that these sinister Sisters are the ones imposing these weird rules and rituals among the villagers I don’t think this will be addressed in the seuel because WTH I checked it and it has nothing to do with these characters But I want answers on why the Sisterhood rules the village What are these secret passages they’re hiding in their cathedral? What’s their connection with the Unconsecrated? What happens to the people left behind? To Mary? To Jed? Overall it’s still a gripping post apocalyptic read and I would have been eager for the seuel if it would answer all my uestions but I guess it won’t so bummer Guess I’ll just have to find out what the seuel is aboutPS I hear this is going to be adapted into a movie starring Maisie Williams That would be so awesome^^

  9. says:

    Ok personally when I see a book rated 3 stars I tend to avoid it 3 stars to me seems a very poor rating However I want to stress that I think this book is worth the read and the story is very intriguing even so far as that I am looking into getting the next book in the seriesSo why did it get 3 stars? Well it was than 'ok' and I did like it but there were just enough elements that annoyed me to not reach the 'really liked it' marker especially when I compare it to other books that I've said to have 'really liked'For one and this has been said a lot about this book the protagonist was a pain in the ass She was selfish and weak and pathetic She constantly wanted to be saved by Travis or Harry or Jed and yet she repeatedly shows a complete lack of emotion at others' problems and even the death of those she supposedly loved I did feel her frustration when she was forced to choose between two lives that she didn't want but it soon turned into resentment Also was she losing her mind? The author's style was confusing was she trying to portray a girl slipping into insanity or just a selfish individual? And what was the feminist deal in the novel? The village is seemingly ruled by women the 'Sisterhood' who make all the decisions for the village and it's inhabitants but then it is the men who choose the women to marry and if they refuse they face a life of religion because they are suited for nothing else Plus the protagonist's constant search for male approval and even permission at times is cringyThen there is the zombie issue I've never been a fan of zombie fiction slow moving dead people who can be killed with a sharp knife aren't my idea of a huge scary threat Plus I'm fairly immune to horror My parents are horror fans and so they relaxed the censorship on scary films even when I was a little kid the oversaturation at a young age has left me pretty hard to scare with the exception of The Woman In Black This meant I never gelled with the main element of the story the unconsecrated never sent chills up my spine and the point of the novel was slightly defeatedBUT The story is interesting you want to know what happens You feel angry and frustrated at times but this just shows that the story has absorbed you And the non scary zombies is just me I'm sure this book would actually achieve it's purpose with many people and prove to be a very frightening novelAND the title is pretty awesome

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    Mary is a shit Let's get that straight from the beginning As a main character I tried to like her I really did Did NOT happen The story starts off in a small town that Mary lives in It's ruled by the Guardians and the Sisterhood The sisterhood The book never really explained why the Guardians existed nor much of what they did I actually want to know about the creepy Sisterhood that everyone listens too I don't get why they were in charge Mary ends up in the Sisterhood due to several of the characters in this book being asses I hate to spoil things so you have to read the book if you want to see why What I did not like about this bookI didn't really like any of the characters I kept thinking I would Nah Jacob and the dog about the only two that showed sense enough to get out of a paper bag The ocean theme Damn Mary just stepped on everyone to get her ocean I hope she gets this Things I did like about the bookThe zombie baby I hadn't seen much of infant zombies and this bit was pure genius Yep I'm sick like thatSo why is this book getting four stars?? Because I couldn't put the stupid thing down I kept turning pages wanting I'm so sad for myself Thanks to my enabler Khanh for recommending this to me