Monday, December 1, 2014

Wellendorf Blog #6

Ben Wellendorf
Composition 105

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Carrie Ryan
Delacorte Press
308 Pages

“Those days back there, in the house. That is my world. That is my truth," he says. "That is my ocean.”  (p. 227).

The quote was one of the quotes that really was a huge point in the book.  At the beginning of the book, Mary’s mom always told her about the ocean and how it was a majestic place without any zombies.  Mary was always trapped in the village, so she never believed that there was an ocean until she finally saw it, which wasn’t really what Mary had expected.  The arriving scene at the ocean was the climax, so I’m not going to spoil what happens!  This quote, though, helps show that their “ocean” is a place where everything is peaceful and calm.

The second half of the book is really creepy, but really interesting.  It was one of those books where you wonder why that would happen, but you’re also so excited that you keep on reading it more and more, and cannot put the book down.  Mary gets out of the village with a group of people, and Mary learns how to kill zombies and what not.  They had a scare that Mary got bit during one of the adventures, and her long-time love Travis got bit by zombies when he tried to save them by practically going on a suicide-mission.  Their place in the forest they were staying at started on fire, so they had to keep moving towards the ocean.  Her brother, Jed, also dies from falling off a cliff, so Mary isn’t having the greatest of luck trying to get to the ocean.  Without ruining the climax and the end, basically, she finds the ocean and realizes that it is not even close to what she expected.

After reading this book, I realized that the person who wrote this book has a weird sense in writing.  I thought that they would find the ocean perfectly fine with Travis, and no one or maybe a couple not big characters, but they liked to kill off a lot of the main people.  After putting Mary through all the suffering, she finally finds the ocean after her brother falls off a cliff and her love gets bit by a zombie, and it turns out the ocean is nothing compared to what she thinks it is.  Overall, this book definitely made me very interested throughout the whole story.  It was kind of hard to follow along, but I really was interested and didn’t want to put down the book whatsoever.  This book showed a lot of different themes of life, like fear, love, and sacrifice.  Fear, because they had to live in a world where zombies killed people.  Love, because Mary loved Travis and would do anything for him, which it showed throughout the whole story.  And sacrifice, because there was a lot of sacrifices made in this story.  For example, Travis sacrificed himself to make sure Mary and the gang would be safe.  He ran out in a zombie-infested world and got himself killed to sacrifice himself for Mary.  That shows how much he also loved Mary, to die for her so she’s happy and healthy.  This book is a must-read for anyone who loves zombies and mystery/exciting books.


  1. This was a very good blog. You did well on summarizing the book, and it made me want to read it. However, some more connections could have been made. Other than that it was a very detailed blog.

  2. This books seems actually pretty good considering I typically don't even like to read. The blog was good. Maybe analyze some more on your reflection part of it.

  3. I think you did a good job, I like how you summarized some of the book but also talked about what you thought and how it was like reading it. I agree with nathan though, some more connections could have been made, but otherwise it's great.

  4. This book sounds very interesting! I think I will put it on my reading list. I have read books in the past about zombies that have great plot lines and I feel that this one would be the same.

  5. This book sounds very creepy, but intriguing, as most stories about zombie apocalypses are. I believe the author killed Travis in order to make a connection with the reader. The reader begins to feel what Mary feels and starts to mourn the loss of such a major character. The author must make some sacrifices of characters in order to keep a suspenseful and interesting story line. This book sounds like the Walking Dead and I think I would really enjoy reading it.

  6. Great job of first stating your quote and then explaining why it is important to the story. Good job of explaining the story. It does sound like a lot of people die in this book and you do a great job of making the story sound interesting. Great conclusion paragraph and talking about how you feel about the book.