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Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized5 Comments

Publisher: Delacorte (website)
Publication Year: 2009
ISBN: 0385736819
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Carrie Ryan
Random House

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Forest of Hands and Teeth is the debut novel of Carrie Ryan. I first heard about this book when I stumbled across this book trailer for it:

This really intrigued me and so when it was released I ran right out to get it. It then sat at the top of Mt TBR just waiting for me to get to it. Then during one fateful Twitter conversation I happened to let drop to Tiffany that I had the book….she had recently read it and was eagerly looking for someone to discuss it with. What then followed was some of the worst book bullying I’ve ever experienced. (Seriously this was traumatic it will take years of therapy to recover.) And since I’m fragile it didn’t take long for me to succumb.

I started to read and then I found that I couldn’t put it down. Sadly I started this book on a week night and bleary eyed I shut the book just over 1/2 way through in the wee hours of the morn because I didn’t want to be a total wreck for work. Then the moment I could that evening I began again and didn’t put the book down until I was then. As it was getting late I Tweeted a message to Tiffany that I was done and we could chat about it the next day. I got the immediate response back to talk now? After some logics issues we began talking and debating and just oozing some book love. She apologized for being a book bully and I supported her bad habit in saying how much I absolutely loved the book and was so glad to have been forced into reading it.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth isn’t a 100% original story (see movie The Village of a few years back) but it was remarkably well written. I loved the society that Carrie Ryan created and her characters. I admit I did not like Mary much. I thought that she was very selfish and focused on what she wanted most. Her dream of the ocean. She spared no thought to what others might want and just plowed ahead. They either followed her or they’d be left behind. I was sucked into this world and hated how it ended. But it was also a good ending. But I didn’t want it to end…I wanted the story to continue. Thankfully Ryan is writing another book in this world called The Dead Tossed Waves….don’t you just LOVE these titles?!?! The cover for it is also amazing (see it here) and I really can’t wait to see what Ryan comes up with next. This book is about zombies, but not your typical zombies. Its also not your typical teen book but it is a book that is a must read. I can’t praise this book enough. And you won’t regret it once you pick it up and read it. Trust me.

5 Responses to “The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan”

  1. bermudaonion

    Carrie Ryan is a local author for me and recently held her launch party here. I meant to go, and totally forgot about it. I’m really mad at myself right now.

  2. Nicole

    Every time I see this book I am struck by the title. It reminds me of that movie called In The Mouth of Madness. It’s bedtime and I have now creeped myself out a little.

    Anyway I really like The Village. If I keep seeing this around I will probably have to give it a read. I am slowly being brainwashed.

  3. Mollie

    Even though I less than loved this book, I’m so glad that I jumped on your recommendation. I haven’t devoured a book like that in ages! I was sucked in and taken away. I had similar issues with Mary and the ending too, but I’ll be there to read the second installment as soon as it’s out.

    I’m actually quite glad I didn’t see the trailer for the book. I’m totally going to have to sleep with the light on now.