The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Paperback Book
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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?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780575090866

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This started for me with great promise, with a protagonist, Mary, living in a post apocalyptic world that discourages her from questioning the way the world is, saying it will only make her unhappy. The mysterious Sisters try to convince her to resign herself to doing what’s necessary to ensure the survival of humanity, which in her case, means being a good wife to the man the Sisters think she should be with, and a mother to his children, although she’s in love with someone else. I was less engaged in the second half of the book, however. I was bored by the all too familiar love triangle motif, and felt that there was too much action that didn’t seem to go anywhere …