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Publisher's Summary

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?
Carrie Ryan lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can visit Carrie at www.carrieryan.com.
©2009 Carrie Ryan (P)2009 Listening Library
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Critic Reviews

"Mary's observant, careful narration pulls readers into a bleak but gripping story of survival and the endless capacity of humanity to persevere . . .Fresh and riveting." ( Publishers Weekly)
"The suspense that Ryan has created from the very first page on entices and tempts readers so that putting the book down is not an option." ( School Library Journal)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 11-14-09

Meh.

I agree that the narrator is not the best choice for this book. It feels like she emphasizes absolutley everything. It seems to be the heighth of her range. The story itself is not terrible, I was really hoping for this zombie world to unfold but it never did. But the worst part was that by halfway through the book I found myself wishing the heroine would die. She was so indecisive and selfish that she got those around her hurt or killed, and after so much of that I couldnt help it, I was ready to see her go. The narrators emotional outburst reading of it made her even more detestable. I usually save my audio books, but I deleted this one entirely after listening to it once. I couldnt stomach it again.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Annie on 01-17-10

Interesting Idea, Blah Execution

This novel started well. I liked the premise and looked forward to learning more about the village and its people and history. But that never came. In fact, we meet maybe a dozen of the village's inhabitants and learn little about them. And then, halfway through, I became bored of Mary, the unconvincing and bland heroine. The toneless narration did nothing to help.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mattia on 06-15-13

Not Recommended

OVERALL
5 hours into the book I just cannot believe that I'm half way through and almost nothing has happened. I am not a person to leave a book after starting it even if I don't like it but I cannot bear a single word anymore.

WRITING
Unending lines of stomach turning self pity with metaphors that is surprising I haven't heard something on the line of "the cold burns like fire" though it did come very close to such thing many times.
It goes like this:
▬Main character does step 1 (yay something happens though just for a few seconds).
▬>Tens of minutes< of self pity, useless introspection and ponders of lost loves all lengthened by an annoying repetition of the same concepts using different cliche metaphors.
▬Main character does step 2, again only for a few moments something actually happens and then again with the self pity thing.

STORY
I won't say too much as I don't want to spoil the book for people intending to read it, but expect nothing original and lot's of cliches to the extent of "My point in life is: I will see the Ocean" ...yes, that is actually, basically, the unspoiled main plot of the book in a nutshell.
Do you think that is enough to make you wrinkle your nose in suspicion? Well, you haven't heard anything yet, expect soap opera-like love triangles and squares and cliche revelations such as "TSSSS... CSSSHH... I am your father!" (Well... much more soap opera cliche like, but I'm not going to spoil anything just in case).

NARRATION
I now know that Vane Millon has an unnerving, monotone, emotionless voice. I do apologies for my harshness Miss Vane but every sentence ended with the same exact pitch, it just felt like a punishment. I still feel that it fits well in the context of a teenage girl, but a rich high-school one, surely not a post apocalyptic, wilderness self sustaining environment survivor kind. Maybe is because I have just finished hearing to Robertson Dean in "I am legend" (boy what a book, and what a narrator. Just awesome), I don't know for sure, but sure is I felt something when he was narrating and of all those emotions, frustration wasn't one of them, while with this book it was the predominant one. If it's not clear what I'm saying you can imagine every phrase's tune going like this: ▼►▼.

CONCLUSION + RECOMMENDATION
I would not spend a credit on this book if you ask me, if you are looking for a good post apocalyptic story I recommend:

-Metro 2033
-I am Legend

respectively.

They do not contain zombies per se, but other horrific creatures. They are both amazing, you will not be disappointed.

Enjoy

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kirsty on 05-13-12

amazing!

I absolutely loved this story. It is the first ever audio book i ever listened to and i must say i am now hooked!

it starts out quite slow and the characters in the story aren't described as much as i would of liked, because throughout the whole story i did have to try and guess what the main character looked like, but other than that an absolute edge of the seat story. I listen whilst at work and i must say there were times when i was just staring into the distance just waiting for the next thing to happen leaving my work to the side.

Epic story, bit sad i just found out the next one doesn't carry on with the same character but bet its just as good. hope you enjoy it as much as me. :)

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kaya on 08-21-17

Stay with it

The narrator is unusual but this book is really good. It takes a while to get used to her but by the end I liked her and loved the story.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-31-17

I'm not sure what others have seen in this book.

So downloaded this book because it kept coming up in my "recommend for you" list. I read some reviews all pretty positive. I read the blurb and it sounded like an interesting concept. I didn't listen to a sample though. It was a mistake. I honestly found the narration boring. Why? Because the narrator sounded like she was bored. There was basically no emotion in this narration and some of the phasing was down right strange like a mature sounding primary schooler trying really hard to observe all the grammatical inflections. As this book had a director, I imagine that it was intentional and not necessarily a reflection on the narrator herself. It was so, so hard to keep engaged with the story. I was also waiting for something to happen in the story that wasn't just happenstance. Nothing happens as a result of the main character making strong choices. To me the main character came off as selfish and uninteresting but who knows how I'd feel if the read was more engaging. I also thought the all characters responses were unrealistic. If you like zombies and teen love stories and don't mind the style of the narration give it I go. I shall be returning this one.

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