The Forest of Hands and Teeth (by Carrie Ryan) c. 2009

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
c. 2009
[Teen Fiction]
[Electronic Resource (My Media Mall eAudiobook)]

Long before Mary was born, her village was surrounded by a fence. The fence keeps the villagers safe from the Unconsecrated, the ravenous undead that roam through the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Mary has already lost her father to the Unconsecrated and when her mother becomes infected, she has little choice but to join the Sisterhood and devote her life to the Scripture. When her village is breached by the Unconsecrated, Mary must journey into the Forest where she begins to discover that her world is not quite what she thought it was.

Thrilling and gripping, The Forest of Hands and Teeth provides an interesting take on a dystopian future. The book’s strongest feature is the humanity of its main character in her struggle to realize her dreams while restricted by the narrow scope of her world. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a rewarding read for fans of post-apocalyptic dystopian books.

If you enjoy The Forest of Hands and Teeth, you might also like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, and Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder. The Dead-Tossed Waves, the sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, is available via Interlibrary Loan.

Pros: Strong female protagonist, good development of protagonist, thrilling story.

Cons: Relationships between characters lack sufficient development.

Review by Martha

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