Synopsis: 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 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 dead?
My Thoughts: I was sucked into this book from the first page. I've read other reviews in the blog world saying that though this was a good book, it didn't live up to the hype. Though I'm sad that I didn't know about this book sooner, I'm happy that I wasn't involved in the hype because most people set the bar too high for books they think will be good. So since I hadn't heard a lot about the book, I started reading with know negative or positive expectations. This was so beautifully written from the first page to the last. I loved the characters, I even started feeling bad for one of the unconsecrated near mid-way of the story. Although I loved this book and ate it up, I can tell how some people wouldn't like it as much. There were points in the book where some people would say the story was slow but I saw it as points in where the author was merely preparing for the main action which made me even more excited when something changed with the characters and the village as a whole. I also liked that even though I knew some of where the characters would ultimately head in this book, I didn't know how they would get there. And isn't that what we like about most fictional books? There is always a problem, normally a problem all the characters must face and then internal problems, every fictional book has that, the difference is in the journey. I heard that there will be three books in this series and I can't wait for the 2nd book. Especially because I felt that the author could have left it as one book if she wanted to due to the way the book ended, so I want to see what the second book will be about. Can't wait!