There’s a lighthouse at the edge of the sea and that’s where Gabry lives with her mother. Their town is safe from the Mudo, the walking dead, the Infected – what her mother calls the Unconsecrated; the long, fortified Barrier separates their settlement from the dangerous wanderings of the Infected and their deadly bite.
One night Gabry is coaxed outside the confines of safety, beyond the barrier into the wrecked amusement park. There, even with the tantalizing scent of freedom all around and the feel of long sought-after kiss on her lips, the unthinkable happens to Gabry and her friends. Now some are dead and some are imprisoned and Gabry feels responsible for all of it. The only solution she can imagine must lie in or beyond the world her mother came from – the Forest of Hands and Teeth.
In her characteristically poetic prose, Carrie Ryan once again captivates readers with the tale of a young woman struggling against all odds to survive and help those she loves, one that’s both similar to and very different from the companion to this book, The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Fans of the first book and those of Suzanne Collins, Isobelle Carmody’s series and Patrick Ness should find something to like here.