After reading Zombies vs. Unicorns and coming to the realization that I was on Team Zombie, I decided I should try actually reading a zombie book or two. I am usually scared out of my mind by zombie movies but figured that zombie books would probably be less traumatic. Luckily, I was right! I really enjoyed this book for several reasons — not the least of which is the fact that it’s the rest of Carrie Ryan’s “Bougainvilla” story (her contribution to Team Zombie). I am a sucker for series because I always want to know what happens next, so it only made sense that I should read the rest of a short story I enjoyed.
Mary’s mother used to tell her stories about the time before the Return — of the ocean and buildings that reached the sky. But it’s hard for Mary to even try to imagine a life so different from her own. She is accustomed to life in a small village enclosed completely by a fence to keep out the Unconsecrated. A life lived in constant fear of the Unconsecrated, with their relentless moaning and clawing at the fence in hopes that someone will come close enough to reach. She is used to the drills during which villagers prepare for a breach of the fences and hide in the platforms among the trees. Mary was once like the rest of the villagers in the belief that the Sisterhood and the Guardians were doing everything they could to keep everyone safe. After discovering a little bit about the secrets kept by the Sisterhood, though, Mary begins to wonder what other secrets they are keeping — like whether there really is life beyond the Forest of Hands and Teeth.