Mary lives in a small-fenced in village, certainly reminiscent of the one depicted in M. Night Shyamalan’s film The Village. The difference here though is that leaving the village truly is dangerous. Some sort of infection spread that created zombies, the Unconsecrated. A single bite, even a small one, from a zombie passes the infection. Living humans are barely able to survive behind their fences. The people in Mary’s village live steadfast, worshipful lives of commitment, attempting to increase the population and stay safe. As Mary’s life takes some turns for the worse, she begins to wonder whether the stories of different places that her mom told her as a child have any truth in them; Mary begins to search for answers and for a place without the Unconsecrated. Although this book does include teen romance, it does not contain the garden variety Twilight-ish kind of relationships. Mary does not find complete happiness from a man. In fact, do not expect her life to be an easy one in any respects. This is one of those books that I won’t really know how I feel about until I think back on it in a couple of months. I can say for sure that Carrie Ryan has a much better grasp on composition than some of her counterparts in young adult fiction.