The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

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Book 1

Novel Summation:

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?

My Thoughts:

I bought this book for two reasons. One, there was so much hype about it. All the critics were talking about how excellent the book was and how it’s a masterpiece. Two, I’ll admit the topic was interesting. I was incredibly afraid that the book was another The Village (the movie), which was a huge dissapointment. However, it wasn’t like the movie. Unlike The Village this book had real dangers outside the village. Which was interesting and unique. I found the book lacked any hope whatsoever. Any time hope was present or something good was going for the characters it was taken quickly and sometimes brutally away. The book was kind of depressing, a bit spooky in some parts but it was intriguing. Im looking forward to seeing if the sequel can redeem the first book. I wouldn’t recommend buying this book. Perhaps pick it up at the library and read it and you can judge yourself whether it lives up to its ratings.

Future Books:

There is a sequel entitled The Dead Tossed Waves coming out in Spring 2010. 

Movie Connections:
Apparently Seven Star Pictures has picked up movie rights for the book, so look forward or not to seeing a movie in the future. If you liked this book you might enjoy watching The Village.

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