Saturday, October 2, 2010

Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

At my Library we have a teen book club and the October book is The Forest of Hands and Teeth. If I remember correctly I didn't actually vote to have this one be apart of our reading list this year..... I don't know why. Maybe the romance aspect? But nonetheless it got voted to our list. Heres a brief description for you guys.

Mary lives in a village surrounded by The Forest of Hands and Teeth, a place where the Unconsecrated roam freely. The people in her village live in constant fear of the Unconsecrated and the world beyond. They follow the orders of the Sisterhood and the Guardians without question. But Mary wants more. She wants to escape the confines of her world and find love and happiness and above all, Mary wants to find the Ocean.

I won't say the story was horrible because it wasn't but I personally thought that it was heavy on emotion and light on depth. Mary was always driven by her own wants and desires. She never really considered other people, or at least not long enough for it to make a difference. It was always about her: her need to find love, her need to have freedom, her need to find the ocean. Her personal feelings overrided anything else in her life. And that was a frustrating point for me. But other than that I thought the story was good. It was unique and thought provoking. It definitely made me feel thankful for the life that I live. I don't have to worry about getting attacked by zombies everyday and I have immense freedom in what kind of future I choose for myself. So in that aspect the book was successful. It made me think. And thats what really matters because if a book doesn't make you question things in your life then there often wasn't much of a point in reading it anyway. So on a scale from 1-5 ice cream cones I give it three!

Julia :)


  1. I'm tryin to read this right now, but I keep putting it down because for some reason I can't get into it. *sigh* I'm hoping that it gets better as I continue to try and read it.Thanks for the review.

  2. I've been reading this and putting it back to my shelf for months now. I just can't seem to get into it.


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