Author: Carrie Ryan
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 it's secrets, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.
Now 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 by so much death?
Review: This novel was very well written. At first, I wasn't really liking Mary so much, but as the book went on a few chapters, I started to connect with her. Mary's one dream is to see the ocean, but an unrealistic one when she's living in a village all fenced in, to keep out the Unconsecrated. The beginning really slaps you in the face with the Unconsecrated, and I was surprised at what happens to Mary's mom, and then her brother's reaction. I had a hard time liking a lot of the characters like Harry, Travis, Cassandra, and Jed (Mary's brother). They all gave me reasons to just go "WHY? You like them why?". This story reminded me vaguely of the movie The Village but it was still original.
Highlights: Mary's strength. I was always constantly frowning whenever something bad was about to happen, or happening, and Mary pulled through even when I thought she might not.
I enjoyed the dilemmas between Love and Commitment. I just wanted to smack some sense into a few people, though.
Oh, and some good creepy zombies. Ugh, still cringing at the thought of them...
Lowlights: The end. I hated the end. I hate it when a book does not give you a solid ending where you know what is going to happen, but instead leaves you feeling like the story is still incomplete. I felt like at the end I was still left with so many questions that never got explained.
Despite my unanswered questions, it's still a great book to pick up at the library.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5