Thursday, June 18, 2009

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

I've been curious about The Forest of Hands and Teeth since before its release. I've heard so many great things about this book from so many people. When Forest was selected as the June selection for the YAedge Book Club it was just the excuse I'd been looking for.

the info:

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

by Carrie Ryan

Delacorte Press

ISBN: 9780385736817

the story (from author's website):

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, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

Now 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?

my thoughts:

There are so many good things to say about Carrie Ryan's Forest of Hands and Teeth. The story is a very original one. The characters absolutely come to life. Every moment I spent reading was a moment when I felt like I was there. Mary's emotions came through so clearly. This is definitely a book you have to read for yourself.

I'm also very excited that there will be two more books coming out. I wasn't sure how I felt about the ending at first, but once I heard there was more coming, well, that made everything better.

I guess what I'm saying is add my voice to the crowd singing Carrie Ryan's praises. :) The Forest of Hands and Teeth is an excellent read and one you need to pick up today.


Angie Frazier said...

Carrie's writing is exceptional. The book had me engrossed from page one. I was not too certain about the ending either, but I think it leads perfectly into the next book (which I am very much looking forward to!).

Tami Klockau said...

Like, Angie, I was engrossed in the whole book, reading it almost too quickly. I could almost hear the forest and imagine the smell. Crazy good writing. :)

Thanks for the YAedge plug! We just need to get people over there to start discussing!

Shelley/Book Fanatic said...

I've heard such good things about this book. I'm going to definitely check it out!

Alyssa Kirk said...

Sounds good! I love a good original story.