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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 10 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385736819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385736817
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aurora Leigh on June 14 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've just finished this book, and I have to say it is definately not worth all the hype. Although the prose is good (I guess...), the characters, plot and themes throughout are completely sterotypical and wooden.

The novel is narrated in the first person by Mary. She is not engaging in any way, and remains inconsistant throughout the entire novel. She is so insipid and selfish, I was left wondering why any one would want anything to do with her. Come to think of it, the narrative itself is pretty awful, because as much as Mary tells about her relationships with people and what she wants, I as a reader never actually was convinced of anything that she said. You are never convinced of her love for others, or what she actually wants and desires, because all she does is bitch and moan about EVERYTHING. All of the other characters are completely two dimensional and seem to be just filler anyway.

All in all, it was a very dissapointing read focused on a completely unsympathetic heroine. Even the post-apocalyptic and zombie symbolism throughout sucked major. I would definately not reccommend...
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Format: Paperback
I started this series hoping it would be good. I read reviews that were positive but they missed the obvious. This is not a zombie novel but an anti-Christian novel in the guise of using zombies to promote prejudices, biases and bigotry that one should know better about today.

The main character, her age is not given, but from her actions, behaviour and maturity level is obviously a younger teen-ager with all the immature drama and confused thought processes of someone who just does not know how to think critically and rationally. She just reacts and criticizes. While I would like to think it is the character and her age, it sadly seems to be how the author is trying to vent her personal opinions.

This main character, Mary (who just happens to have the same name as the Mother of God), is used to present Christians in a very biased fashion which promotes all the sad, old, tired cliches about nuns who are overbearing, uncaring, hiding secrets, lying, etc. All the tired old hate-filled bigotry you used to see portrayed decades ago.

It attempts, rather poorly, to pit science against religion - as if they were incompatible. Sadly, the author has done no research into religious orders - maybe if she had, she would never have written this (I hate to have to say it, but this is the best adjective for this book) trash.

I cannot recommend this work in any way, shape or form. It is clearly aimed at teenage and pre-teen readers with a female audience in mind so parents beware. Something like this is best recycled and left unread.
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Format: Hardcover
A ''don't go into the woods'' warning, has a huge impact when you happen to live right next them. Forget building a tree house, or going to the ocean. Forget freedom.

The Unconsegrated, flesh eating zombies, have surrounded the village for years. The Sisterhood took over, making sure that no one leaves the walls and follow a strict married with children lifestyle to keep the village going. But all that power equals secrets -- and now that Mary knows, she has the responsibility to tell the others.

Ryan's writing grips the reader from the first line and doesn't let go until the cruel end. Like most Zombie books, where they come from, isn't discussed. The important thing is, that instead of bombarding us with nonstop-action narration, Carrie Ryan gives us: suspense, family tragedies, self-discovery and romance. A love quadrangle that will separate readers into Team Harry vs Team Travis.

And now, for my own warning: don't read this at night.
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Format: Kindle Edition
It took me some time to really fully understand this book. It describes the road to madness that the main character does, living in a town surrounded by a fence and a forest of undead -zombies, hell yeah!

At first I wasn't convinced about the motives and events surrounding Mary's actions, but after careful consideration it really makes sense (if zombies and a post apocalyptic life exists). She goes crazy and the book describes this madness flawlessly. It does reminds me on some parts of M. Night Shyamalan's 2004 movie "The Village" which brings the whole creepiness of zombies, village life, and an outside "hope" to a different level.

I recommend it to anyone who wants to have a glimpse of despair, adventure and zombies!!!
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By Sierra on Nov. 21 2012
Format: Paperback
Okay, so Mary is a little bit of an iffy character... but she isn't why I loved the book! The images are so fantastic, and vivid, and full of life, even when speaking of the undead. I loved Mary's dream, and how she went through different things trying to fulfill it. I definitely suggest reading it. May not have the best words for a young child, but I think everyone else would be able to really appreciate how it's written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Edwards on Dec 29 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book never uses the word "zombie," but it's all about the living dead.

Mary's world is guided by the Sisterhood and protected by the Guardians. It is also surrounded by a fence. The fence keeps out the Unconsecrated, who inhabit the Forest of Hands and Teeth. When Mary's mother is bitten by one of the Unconsecrated, she is cast outside into the Forest. Mary is taken in by the Sisterhood, and she quickly discovers that they are hiding something.

But before she can dig deeper, there is a breach. The Unconsecrated have broken through the fence. Now Mary and her friends are running for their lives, down a forbidden path with an unknown end.

If you love monster movies, you'll like this book. It gets pretty graphic at times, so it's not for the squeamish. It also has an ambiguous ending, so be prepared for that. If you can cope with these things, you'll love this action-packed zombie survival story.
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