Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan


” 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 in so much death?”


Anyone that knows me knows that The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan is one of (if not my absolute) favorites. Carrie Ryan paints a haunting and post apocalyptic world through the eyes of a young and confused girl named Mary. Torn between two suitors and constantly threatened by the unconsecrated (AKA zombies) that beat on the fence surrounding her small town, Mary has a lot on her plate. Mary is a relatable, strong, and intelligent protagonist living in a dark and troubled world.

I absolutely love how Carrie Ryan writes a story of hope and love in the midst of the death and darkness of the Forest of Hands and Teeth. At no point does the plot grow stale or Continue reading