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? Summary by Goodreads.
Mary-A girl who dreams of the ocean and times before the Return (when the Unconsecrated came). She loses both parents to the infection and has only her brother left. She is of marrying age in her village, where marriage isn’t about love but about commitment and children. She looks for answers to her many questions.
Harry-Mary’s betrothed. He and his brother, Travis, have always loved Mary.
Travis-Mary’s true love. After he broke his leg, she “prayed” over him day and night. She really was whispering stories of times before the Return in his ear. Her “praying” caused her to fall in love with him. He is betrothed to Cass, Mary’s best friend.
Cass-Mary’s best friend. She would listen to Mary’s stories all day long, even when she despised them and her parents would punish her for it. She smells like sunbeams and is usually very happy.
Jed-Mary’s brother. He has his own wife, Beth. He is a Guardian, part of a group that protects the fences around their village from the Unconsecrated.
Sister Tabitha-The head of the Sisterhood, the governing force of the village. When her parents Turned, Mary joins the Sisterhood. Mary finds that Sister Tabitha and the Sisterhood keep many secrets, from the general population.
This book takes place after the Apocalypse. The world is overrun with zombies, or Unconsecrated. The few people still living are caged with their own cities, for protection from the zombies. Everything that is done within those cities is about survival.
The book was excellent, well worth my time. The characters weren’t as detailed as in some other books, but they did the job. I think there could have been moments for more realistic actions to shine through. The whole world and the plot-line of this book was glorious! Carrie Ryan really creates a vivid world, so realistic. I love it, but I still don’t want to live in it… I am really looking forward to Dead-Tossed Waves, book two! I suggest this to hard-core girls who like a mix of action and romance.