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Review and Summary of The Fantasy Fiction Novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Carrier Ryan is a New York best-selling author enthralling us with her dramatic fictional classics. Her works became a major interest of teens and children. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a dramatic dystopian post-zombie apocalyptic novel.

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Author: Carrie Ryan

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Page count: 336

Goodreads ratings: 3.6 of 5

My Ratings: 7.1 of 10

Published: 2010

Publisher: Ember

Language: English

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Review and Summary of the Fantasy Fiction Novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth

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The story begins with a young girl, Mary, who washes her clothes by a stream in the village. The village presents a strange, horrifying place surrounded by the fences to protect the people from what lies beyond it. Her old school friend Harry, who visited her, interrupted Mary. He asked if she wants to marry him and, in the time she was processing the proposal, a loud siren goes off. And they command the people to seek shelter and save their lives from flesh-eating zombies.

Mary discovered that her mother became infected by zombies and dies. Mary has been away from home for a long time because her brother Jed did not let her move into the home. It forced her to join the Sisterhood, a group of fanatic nuns. Despotic Sister Tabitha, who steered the sisterhood sensed Mary was unhappy to join them and to become a nun. She threatens Mary to throw her into the forest if she doesn’t abide by the rules. They imprisoned her within the walls of the cathedral when she met her childhood friend Travis. He injured his leg, and the sisters took care of him. Mary started visiting Travis daily and used to pray with him. She shared stories of oceans her mother used to tell her. She fell in love with Travis but felt terrible because he was Harry’s brother. Also engaged to Mary’s best friend, Cass.

Later on, Harry once again proposed to Mary, and out of all odds this time she said yes, simply considering it as an opportunity to escape the Sisterhood. She was eager to get away from the cruelty of Sister Tabitha, even though she was in love with Harry’s brother. Soon after, she found a strange girl named Gabrielle locked in one of the Cathedral rooms. Mary and Travis kept their love affair a secret. One day, when she crossed paths with Gabrielle, she saw her behaving freaky and Mary realised she turned into a zombie.

On the morning of Mary and Harry’s wedding, the siren goes off and this time the zombies stormed the village. They escaped to the forest along with Travis, Cass, Jed, his wife, and a young boy, Jacob. They were exploring the forest when they came across an old abandoned village. Mary and Travis lost their path and ended up in an old big house while others found their way to a treehouse. After a while, Harry and Travis also became attacked by a sea of zombies. Luckily, their dog, Argos, rescued them.

The group moved once the weather gets colder. Young Jacob blazed fire and accidentally burned the entire village to ashes. Travis aided everyone to escape the fire and attacked by a zombie, he urged Mary to chop his head before he turns into the monster. Travis told Mary they bit him in the house and already accepted his death. With little hope, the group wanders in the forest as their supplies shrink. Mary abandons the group to chase her dream and unfortunately attacked by a mob of zombies. Jed tried to save her but fell off the cliff and died.

Mary tried to find her brother’s body in the raging River but she fell and ends up on the shore struggling to breathe. A man came, arrived and nearly slice her head when she assures him she is not a zombie. The man told her he built a lighthouse for refugees and they welcome her there. The novel ends optimistically, showing survival is even in the harshest times.

Final Say on the Fantasy Fiction Novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth

I rate this novel 7.1 out of 10 because it is a thrilling piece of fiction. Also filled with horror and misery. The plot is dark but engaging while the author shows that survival is possible in the worst times. Will, I read this novel again? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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