I have had the sequel to this on my shelf for awhile and I finally bought this at the beginning of summer and read it today. This book started off strong with action. Mary, our lead, suffers from the loss of a family member, the rejection of a family member, feels the loss of a loved and feels she has to settle for someone, all within the first two chapters. INTENSE.
Mary's characterization might be seen as a dreamer, someone who longs to be out of her village and away from zombies (that's what they are right?). This was my opinion at the beginning, but really, I think she is selfish. Unbelievably selfish. She puts her dreams, her thoughts, first 92.5% of the time. Once did I really see her protect someone in this story. I don't really like selfish people so there is a huge part of me that doesn't like Mary but as far as characterization and depth, Mary is a great one.
Travis and Harry - boys fighting for Mary's love - love she didn't deserve.
The end really slowed down for me. If you don't know me, I love romance. GO TEAM ROMANCE. However, I thought at the end, that the romance aspect between Cass, Harry, Travis, and Mary was overwhelming. I didn't care who she was going to pick - I wanted to know how the Unconsecrated came to exist, what happened to the village, where was the ocean, what happened to earth to make it be in this state of living. One of those questions got unanswered. I fear that the sequel will not staisfy any more of these question.
Some Quick Thoughts
Sister Tabitha was one badd @ss nun.
This book had a lot to do with faith, which with all the angel books out there you would think I would feel they had to do with faith, but they don't. This did.
Yeah I am just going to say their names.
Argos the wonder dog!