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 by so much death?
My Rating: 4/5
After reading this book I was surprised to read that this was Carrie Ryan's debut novel. The writing was vivid and cunning.
The main character Mary was very strongly written. I think she made alot of the secondary characters less noticeable.
I wasn't a fan of the romantic aspect of the book. I never understood her love for Travis, and they rarely talk to each other throughout the book. And with Harry, I felt like Mary thought she was too good for him.
I found Cass very annoying. She whinged throughout a large portion of the book. I think she felt inferior to Mary and that she is a coward.
This is the first book I have read where there have been zombies present. But if all Zombie books are at this standard then this won't be the last I will read.
The second book in this trilogy is called The Dead-Tossed Waves.