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?
Mary has to leave the safety of her village and is plunged into a world filled with Unconsecrated. She has to leave The forest of hands and teeth. Is there somewhere a place to start a new life?
I just LOVE this book. If you haven't read it, go and do it! What are you waiting for? This book has everything you possibly can ask for. Mary is a wonderful character and the story never gets boring. There are so many things going on without overwhelming you. The ending is perfect: everything seems to fall together, but you still want to read the next one. Finding out how this story will continue.
"One of those days when you can't understand why there is such a beauty in a world that is nothing but ugly."
Mary lives with her mother and brother Jed in a village surrounded by The forest of hands and teeth. Her father dissapeared and everybody knows his fate: he is an Unconsecrated now, a zombie. Her mother keeps believeing that he is alive and her days are filled with staring at the forest. Mary has a best friend, Cassie, and the two brothers Harry and Travis. She is in love with Travis, but Harry has his eyes on her. When her mother is infected, Mary gives her the choice: become an Unconsecrated or die. Her mother wants to be together with her father, so she wants to become an Unconsecrated. Her brother is so mad at Mary, that he throws her out of the house and she must become a Sister.
The Sisterhood is the leader of the village, followed by The Guardians. It's not something Mary wants to become. It means that she must give up asking questions and she is filled with them. Are the stories her mother told her true? She longs to see the ocean and the cities with buildings high in the sky. Is there a world outside?
"I can't be your second-choice dream."