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, 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 in so much death? – from Goodreads.com
Here’s my one sentence synopsis:This is the first book in a young adult post-apocalyptic trilogy about a society of people living in a community locked away in the woods over a century after the fall of civilization to a zombie plague. And Mary? Well, she pretty much risks the lives of everyone she loves and her entire society to chase after the slim chance of seeing the fabled Ocean.
But holy cow, is this written beautifully. You get so entrenched in the mystery and the longing and the sadness that goes along with reading a story of these people who are so far removed from the world we know, they can’t even fathom that it even existed.
Zombie stories are pretty much my favorite, and though the zombies are a backdrop threat for most of this story, you are kept interested by their lore and speculation of an apocalypse that isn’t at first explained.
I must say, I loved the following two books in the trilogy just as much as the first, and highly recommend this trilogy not only to readers of young adult novels, but to anyone who loves a richly developed post-apocalyptic zombie world.