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? -Plot summary borrowed from Good Reads
I started this book at around 11 pm, thinking I would read a few pages before falling asleep. Two hours later my eyes were glued to the page and my heart was pounding. Not only was I really pulled into the story, but I'm not too proud to admit that I was pretty sure the zombie apocalypse was about to begin, and I wasn't about to be caught napping. This is one tense and scary read, especially if you're a bit of a zombie wimp like your's truly.
Ryan's world-building is also exceptional and I loved the thought of a post-apocalyptic puritanesque village trying to survive in a zombie-ridden landscape. Also, the zombie scenes? Chills. This one is a great choice if you're looking for something with more bite (sorry!) than the fluffy paranormal romance stuff.
If you enjoy this one, you're in luck! There are two more in the series: The Dead-Tossed Waves and The Dark and Hollow Places.