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?
I really wanted to like this, and it had some good moments, but honestly, I just got bored. I ended up skimming about the last 80 pages to finish. And a lot of reviews and blurbs I read mentioned this epic romance. Well, the romance didn’t make any sense until about the last 60 pages. And there wasn’t as much about the zombies as I had expected.
It did have the feel of The Walking Dead prison season for a while, and that was really interesting.
The MC was obviously flawed without many redeeming qualities, the secondary characters were flat, and the “conspiracy” I felt was lacking. Also, there was not enough dialogue! We were basically just inside Mary’s head the entire time – which certainly lead to the boredom factor and I think made me feel so detached from the secondary characters that I didn’t care about them. Those last 60 pages, that’s where it seems the dialogue comes in, and that’s all I read to see what happened in the end (spoiler, basically everyone dies so Mary can fulfill her dream of seeing the ocean – talk about selfish.)
Honestly, I just didn’t connect with the MC, and that kept me from holding interest in her story and her detachment to all the other characters who cared for her. I will not be continuing this series – even tough it follows different characters in the same world.