|The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan|
This is a very intriguing read because in this village the unconsecrated aka zombies are a part of everyday life just kept out by reinforced fences. If the unconsecrated do breach the village there is a warning siren and then ladders to platforms where people can wait out the attack.
You see everything through the eyes of Mary who doesn't seem to fit in to the village way of life. Her mother tells her stories of what life was like before the "Return." Mary fervently believes in her mother's stories and wants more then anything to see the ocean.
In the village if you are a woman of marrying age you have only 3 options: live with your parents, marry or join the Sisterhood. Mary though does not really seem to have a choice and she soon finds out that the Sisterhood and the Guardians who protect the village are full of secrets.
A kind of icky part is that her love interests are brothers, Travis and Harry. She's in love with Travis but Harry speaks for her instead which means that he intends to marry her. So she loves Travis but he's essentially betrothed to her best friend Cass. Cass then falls in love with Harry when Travis is ill. Overall quite a mess in the love department and happy endings seem very hard to come by in this world.
There are some scenes throughout the book that really make you pause. There's a scene involving an infant and an open window that I know I won't forget anytime soon.
This book is about both real and mental journeys and learning what you believe in. It's about whether you should follow your dreams and choose love or just settle for the norm.
The ending is not exactly happy but I can't wait to see what happens next in this bleak yet enthralling world.