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  • I bought this book on impulse, since I was running out of books to read
  • It looked interesting, the cover was interesting, and the reviews on the cover were saying it was good
  • Great, I love me a good post apocalyptic survivor story
  • But, I like that she was still snooping around trying to learn of the secrets that the Sisterhood kept
  • It's definitely an ending I will like on principle because it is not the sappy happy type, but this one was just depressing

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      I love young adult fiction. It has less about sex and more about great storylines. This book was really good. I bought this book on impulse, since I was running out of books to read. It looked interesting, the cover was interesting, and the reviews on the cover were saying it was good. I read the front, and it said post apocalyptic. Great, I love me a good post apocalyptic survivor story. I started reading. It sounded a lot like the movie by M Night Shayamalan “The Village”. There is a small town, where a group of leaders warn them against venturing past a forest that contains creatures. This time, the creatures were their fellow humans, consumed by a disease that turns them into Unconsecrated. Ok so far, and

      there is automatically an element of romance.

      When Mary, the main character, loses her mother to the disease, she is forced to stay with the Sisterhood and become one of them, because no one has spoken for her hand in marriage. She learns their secrets, and things start to get interesting. I was not such a big fan of the way she interacted with Travis, her love interest. I mean, kneeling and whispering words? Not my sort of thing. When the time for the courtship came along, things got more interesting. I was a little frustrated that she had chosen to go along with Harry (Harold). But, I like that she was still snooping around trying to learn of the secrets that the Sisterhood kept. She finally saw someone from the outside,


      • and learns that the ocean is real, and there is a place she can look forward to.

        The Sisterhood tries to keep the villagers within the fences, but an attack from the Unconsecrated makes it impossible. Mary, Harry, Travis, Cass, Jed her brother, his wife Beth and a boy are forced to take a path past a gate that is forbidden by the Sisterhood. There is nothing that they can go back to now. Along the way Beth turns Unconsecrated and has to be killed. There is a lot of killing in the book, but it is not so gory to be totally unsuitable for a YA novel.

        They find the other world, the one where the outsider Mary saw was from. There they go into a pseudo peaceful state, while the tree houses they

        are staying in keep them safe from the Unconsecrated that are trying to break down their doors. This part for me was very frustrating. It was almost to the end and not much was happening. I also hate that Travis had to die, and in the end Mary ends up alone, in another village. I hate hate hate the ending. It’s definitely an ending I will like on principle because it is not the sappy happy type, but this one was just depressing! She loses her brother, Harry and Cass are left behind, so many things not expained! Grr!

        I’m off to get the companion to this book, and I hope I get some answers and follow up. There are so many loose ends in this book it’s really annoying. Very interesting story, and yet annoying,




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