Parents' Guide to

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Cool heroine makes this for more than zombie horror fans.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

violence, not a protagonist to admire, but entertaining

There is violence, esp as involves the killing of the zombies (dubbed the Unconsecrated). These are zombies that infect, however. They don't eat flesh. Which I think makes them more tasteful to read. I wouldn't go so far as to say Mary is a bad role model, but I definitely didn't think she was a positive one, either. She is more obsessed with her life-long dream of "finding the ocean" and doesn't seem to really care about her friends. It's a fun, interesting read, however. (Somewhat of a cliff-hanger at the end which is not resolved in its companion novel.)

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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Very well crafted with compelling narratives, this is a complex novel that reveals its secrets slowly. The post-apocalyptic setting among the undead will resonate with teens who find escape in dystopic tales. Mary is a teen surrounded by despair who never gives up hope, and dreams of a better world even when everyone around her gives up. Readers who don't mind some gore will find it hard to put down. Even the romance has twists and turns without easy answers. Ryan creates some unforgettable characters and world-blending here.

Book Details

  • Author: Carrie Ryan
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Publication date: March 10, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 310
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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