[REVIEW] The Forest of Hands and Teeth – Carrie Ryan

Carrie Ryan
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Random House Delacorte (US & CA: 10th March 2009); Hachette Gollancz (AU: June 2009; UK: 16th July 2009)
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A creepy setting, difficult choices and an eerie scenario make Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth unforgettable.

It’s a rare gem: a zombie novel in which the Z-word is never mentioned, and doesn’t resort to shlock. Indeed, this is one of the most elegantly-written novels I’ve read; with characters to care about, a unique and disturbing setting, life or death decisions, and plenty of opportunity for social commentary. If you were hoping this was an escapist read, you may be surprised by how much you can relate to or at least sympathise with.


11 responses to “[REVIEW] The Forest of Hands and Teeth – Carrie Ryan

  1. Oo, I really can’t wait for this one! I might have to make a special trip to the bookstore (or Amazon) for it…

  2. I am looking forward to reading Carrie Ryan’s book. I pre-ordered my copy at Borders ever since I saw the book trailer. It’s the first time a book trailer actually made me want to get a book.

  3. For all of you eager to read The Forest of Hands and Teeth, it is published in Australia in April and will be available in all good bookstores…

    The Forest of Hands and Teeth is an unputdownable page-turner. Carrie Ryan has taken zombies and totally reinvigorated the genre. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, in a seemingly utopian village, it is like The Crucible, meets Twilight, meets Zombie flicks… The Forest of Hands and Teeth is bleak, intelligent, dark, riveting and beautifully crafted, and elegantly written from title to last line.

  4. Awesome. I’ve been hearing great stuff about this book and therefore curious, so I’m glad to hear you really liked it!

  5. If anyone reviews for a blog or website, please email me with a link, and I will send out a review copy to you.


  6. I finished this book last week and really enjoyed reading it. Frankly, I didn’t connect with Mary, but loved the actual unfurling of the story and how the setting was crafted. It was believable and one could actually see a world in which zombies existed just outside a fence waiting to claw their way in. Can’t wait to get my hand on the next installment, but it seems that it’s a year off. *sigh*

  7. I just read Carrie Ryan’s Big Idea post at the Whatever. I’m sold! I do like the US cover better, though.

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  11. I have finished this book and passed it on already. Its what we do in our town. We pass on those books we’re happy to have read. This was a book where if you didn’t take the time to read every word, you were definately missing something. My sister-in-law and I giggle about how we actually read a zombie story and giggle even harder about how much we loved it. Gigantic “Hooray” for the writing! I would file this under “art” and “story telling”. Good Job!

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