The Forest of Hands and Teeth

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191 reviews
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About this ebook

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 in so much death?

[STAR] "A bleak but gripping story...Poignant and powerful."-Publishers Weekly, Starred

"A postapocalyptic romance of the first order, elegantly written from title to last line."-Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies series and Leviathan

"Intelligent, dark, and bewitching, The Forest of Hands and Teeth transitions effortlessly between horror and beauty. Mary's world is one that readers will not soon forget."-Cassandra Clare, bestselling author of City of Bones

"Opening The Forest of Hands and Teeth is like cracking Pandora's box: a blur of darkness and a precious bit of hope pour out. This is a beautifully crafted, page-turning, powerful novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it."-Melissa Marr, bestselling author of Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange

"Dark and sexy and scary. Only one of the Unconsecrated could put this book down."-Justine Larbalestier, author of How to Ditch Your Fairy

Ratings and reviews

191 reviews
Jessica Guo
September 10, 2019
Read it as a whim while on watch and loved it, even after I got off I could put it down. The story is amazing and even though I didnt like the protagonist (which isnt a deal breaker) I found myself on edge wondering if she would get caught or if someone would save her. Though she was whiny and reckless I found her inspiring in the way that she didnt back down or would fight. I wish there was a little more of the harry trying to win her over or feeling development with travis before killing him off. I found Cass to be flat as a character, she lacked demention and didnt jump off the pages like the other characters she also seemed fake to me. She did however make the protagonist seem more likeable and less whiny. Also thank you for actually killing characters and making the world around them vivid. I liked the use of children zombies which seem to often be forgotten or used for shock value in work, this book however was so casual about it. Loved it.
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Karizma Charles
October 23, 2016
I don't want people to think this is that typical story about zombies taking over. This is HUNDREDS of YEARS AFTER THE first bite..this is like Our Great, Great Great Grandchildren living through it. It's an AWESOME story that grabs ahold of you, and you can't let go.I read it a few years ago at my local Library, And After I Downloaded The Bookstore, This Was The Book ThatI Want To Read. And the book after, About Mary's Daughter. "Dead tossed waves" SOOO Beautiful
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Randy ses
April 27, 2015
When I started the book I loved it, it had a interesting world and I could not help but think it would be a good movie. It really captured me for the first few chapters until it brought in the romance plot, it was one of the most maddening romance plots I have read. Watching Mary obsess with Travis was like watching paint dry. After setting up the world and introducing Gabrielle, all I wanted was for her to do what she wanted to get out of town to live out her dreams. When that did happen I was very disappointed, that had to be the safest zombie infested forest ever created. The only danger in this book was Mary's poor decision making. I love this book for the world it built, for the good moments that did happen, but the lack of compelling danger you hope for out of a zombie book left it empty.
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About the author

   CARRIE RYAN is the New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy that includes The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, The Dark and Hollow Places, and the original ebook Hare Moon. She has edited the short story anthology Foretold: 14 Stories of Prophecy and Prediction and contributed to many other story collections herself, including Zombies vs. Unicorns, Kiss Me Deadly, and Enthralled. Her work has been translated into over eighteen languages and her first novel is in production as a major motion picture. Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Carrie is a graduate of Williams College and Duke University School of Law. A former litigator, she now writes full time and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit her at

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