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The Forest of Hands and Teeth
The Forest of Hands and Teeth | Carrie Ryan
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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, Marys truths are failing her. Shes learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. Now, 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? [STAR] "A bleak but gripping story...Poignant and powerful."-Publishers Weekly, Starred "A postapocalyptic romance of the first order, elegantly written from title to last line."-Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies series and Leviathan "Intelligent, dark, and bewitching, The Forest of Hands and Teeth transitions effortlessly between horror and beauty. Mary's world is one that readers will not soon forget."-Cassandra Clare, bestselling author of City of Bones "Opening The Forest of Hands and Teeth is like cracking Pandora's box: a blur of darkness and a precious bit of hope pour out. This is a beautifully crafted, page-turning, powerful novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it."-Melissa Marr, bestselling author of Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange "Dark and sexy and scary. Only one of the Unconsecrated could put this book down."-Justine Larbalestier, author of How to Ditch Your Fairy From the Hardcover edition.
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Christinak
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“On instinct I roll to my right. The shovel misses my throat and buries itself in the sand where my neck used to be. The man stands there slightly off balance, his blade buried very deep in the sand. I fall back on my heels and as he yanks against the handle I raise my hands. “Wait, wait!” I shout at him, and he stops. His grip loosens and he looks at me with an odd and #curious expression. “You‘re…” He pauses. “You‘re not dead,” he finally says.”

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FantasyChick
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Mehso-so

I'm not a fan of zombies at all but....they might just be my favorite part of this. I might have felt different if I had read the book rather than listen to the audio but 🤷‍♀️

At least I got a couple more ticks off on the #ScaryScavengerHunt

☠ With zombies in it
☠ Where a character dies

#scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

Linsy Creepy title! 3mo
LibrarianRyan As someone who read the book, no you wouldn't. It was overly long with many boring parts inbetween. 3mo
FantasyChick @LibrarianRyan Well that's disappointing. I had high hopes for this one too 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
LibrarianRyan @FantasyChick My staff member Carrie insisted that I read this because she loved it and it had both of our names. She devoured the series. I didn't make it past book 1. 3mo
FantasyChick @LibrarianRyan Funny how that works, isn't it? I've heard good things about this series and it's been on my list for years. I definitely won't read the rest 3mo
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FantasyChick
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I don't think it fits in with the theme but....zombies?

#teamslaughter #scarathlon
@Clwojick

LibrarianRyan Having read it, it fits. 4mo
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Abby2
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Pickpick

Great story. Teens in love plus zombies

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LeafingThroughLife
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I wish I had more time for you today, zombies.

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LeafingThroughLife
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My first day totally off from work in 14 days straight, and a challenging 14 days they were. This calls for breakfast in a book fort. 🤣 Again.

candority Enjoy your day off! 📚 9mo
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TCLinrow
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Thanks for the tag @Moony
1. Aries ♈
2. Got my plan laid out for Camp NaNoWriMo starting on Monday, and finished my last essay with time to spare 😊
3. Tagged
4. Work and recover 😷
5. It's a little late, but love you Littens 😊
#Friyayintro @howjessreads

AsYouWish I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo too! I am excited, it is my first time. 10mo
TCLinrow @AsYouWish same! I did NaNoWriMo for the first time last November and it was so much fun! I'm hoping to get even more written this time around 😊 10mo
Moony I did NaNoWriMo in novemer two times some years ago. :) 10mo
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BookishGirl06
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📚 The forest of hands and teeth 🎥 Dawn of the dead 🎶 Does thriller by Michael Jackson count for this???#manicmonday #emojimadness

flying_monkeys I don‘t wanna live in a world in which Thriller wouldn‘t count. 🤓 zombie dance = classic! (edited) 10mo
JoScho Thriller for sure counts! 🧟‍♀️🖤 10mo
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madamereadsalot1
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📚 - The Forest of Hands and Teeth

🎬 - Shaun of the Dead

🎵- They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhhh!, Sufjan Stevens

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho 🖤🧟‍♀️🖤 10mo
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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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So I finally got a decent night's sleep last night, so I actually have some energy to get some reading done! #bathtime #BookAndABath #relaxing 🛁 📖🍓🍾

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GatheringBooks
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Mehso-so

#OctoberPutASpellOnYou Day 29: The protagonist, Mary, introduces us to a world of the “unconsecrated” (the name for #TheUndead here), the Sisterhood who holds the secrets to the world that they know of (supposedly the sole survivor in their world), the Guardians who stand guard and continually mind the fence of the village, and the ocean that lies beyond – always a symbol of salvation and uncovered truths. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-49D

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BookishGamer87
Mehso-so

This book, man. Mary was probably the most aggravatingly useless and utterly manic MC I've ever read. Not to mention the annoying love triangle. Glad to be done with this one, honestly. Only reason I'm not panning it, is because the plot was (thankfully) good enough to make me want to finish it.

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Christinak
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I read this straight through not putting this down. I was sucked in immediately. I read through the night until it was done. Beware! #AllHallowsRead

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kathedron
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Pickpick

As a palate-cleanser, it's a pick. (Let's not look too closely into my considering a zombie apocalypse light relief!)

Zombies aren't really my thing, and angsty teen polygonal romance even less so. Mary is a messed-up monomaniac (if understandably so) and there are too many dropped threads (not least, what is with the Sisters?!).

BUT it kept me sufficiently involved to get a tonne of housework done without ill temper and that is no small matter.

LibrarianRyan This was a so so for me. I never finished the series because the next book jumps time. But I promised a staff member I would read it and I did. 1y
Reggie You had me at zombies aren‘t my things and angst teen polygonal romance even less. 1y
kathedron @LibrarianRyan @Reggie In all honesty I chose it for the title, and because it was available at the library. I didn't realise it was the first of a series. Not sure I'll read on. I probably wouldn't have actually *read* this one (I think the problems with it would have bothered me too much), but as an audiobook it was just what was needed at the time. 1y
LibrarianRyan @River_Voice my staff member who told me I had to read it was named Carrie. And my name is Ryan. Besides her loving it, she said it was fate and I had to read it. I like Zombie novels this one was judged ugghhhhh. 1y
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nluev
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Currently reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. I first read this book back when I was in middle school and I loved it. I thought I would revisit this world and see if that still holds true.

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madamereadsalot1
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#readingresolutions day 5 #underratedbook @Jess7

Maybe it isn't underrated and I just run in the wrong circles? But I feel like this trilogy should have gotten far more attention and better reviews. I've read the whole thing through twice, several years apart, and loved both experiences. Old, young, guy, gal, I feel like this is enjoyable for anyone who likes dystopian novels and zombies.

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RealBooks4ever
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Book haul from the Multnomah County Friends of the Library sale! 💜💜💜

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mklinkenborg
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I loved her short story so much I decided I just had to read more Carrie Ryan right away! #books #bookstagram #knitting #bibliomania #zombies

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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Mehso-so

It was . . .meh for me. I love me some zombies and I‘m all about the post-apocalyptic struggle to survive, but I didn‘t care about these characters or their world. This community is deeply religious and run by nuns. It‘s kinda like the Amish ZA. I found the characters flat and uninteresting, and there were a lot of things that were not explained. I know there‘s a sequel, but I‘m not sure it‘s about these characters. Will probably not continue.

GondorGirl The other books in the series are about different people. Some of the characters make appearances, but mostly they're different stories in the dance world. 2y
staci.reads Agreed 2y
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samlh232
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Pickpick

burned on the beach because i could not put this book down. highly recommend for suspense and dystopia lovers

RaimeyGallant Great photo! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo just put some together. 2y
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Mommamanzi
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@ReadingRover is one of the coolest people I have had the pleasure of building a bookish relationship with outside of Litsy. Thank you for the amazing package you sent me! Buffy is one of my fav shows! You‘re pretty awesome!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

ReadingRover Yay! That‘s great that you like Buffy. I kinda just added that in for the whole Halloween effect! 2y
Jess Love those socks! 2y
TaylorMay I grew up on Buffy. I love that show so much 2y
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BookishGirl06
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Pickpick

Finished this up for the second time and I still really enjoy a good zombie story. There are parts I remember and others I vaguely remember and got to relive.

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BookishGirl06
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I think it‘s time to read this again. #reread #zombies

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JacintaMCarter
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Grrlbrarian Agreed! This book freaks you out & tugs at your heart at the same time. SO well done! 2y
EchoLogical I gave it a "so-so" only to think about it and upgrade it later. I hated Mary. She was incredibly unlikable but the book stayed with me after I read it, so I agree it was well done. 2y
GondorGirl This is the only "zombie" series I've ever enjoyed. Actually, I just bought the ebook collection of short stories from this universe. It'll probably be one of my next reads. 2y
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quirkyreader
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More books from GW.

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EchoLogical
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The main character, Mary was seriously obsessed with the ocean. Given her predicament, I'd probably be the same way. Needless to say, the answer to that question was a resounding no.

#sizzlinsummerbooks #ocean @Tiffy_Reads

IamIamIam I totally agree!!! 🚣 3y
EchoLogical @IamIamIam I heard there are more books. Have you read them? 3y
IamIamIam I have not, but I understand the quote deeply!!! I just stacked this to check out, though! 🤣 3y
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EchoLogical @IamIamIam I couldn't get past my dislike of Mary but I will admit that it's a pretty interesting book. 3y
IamIamIam Thanks for the heads up! I'll definitely try to get to this sooner rather than later! 3y
drokka Nope. Ocean will always come first. Maybe even before books. Though, it would be a close run thing. 3y
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BookishGirl06
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Has #teeth in the title. Probably one of the first, if not my actual first zombie book. Will probably come back to the series later and give it an actual review.

#junebookbugs

Weave I enjoyed this series, hope you do too📖 3y
BookishGirl06 @Weave I did. I've read the entire trilogy already. Been meaning to give it a reread 3y
Weave Sorry @BookishGirl06 ☺️☺️ 3y
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BookishGirl06 @Weave it's ok. I didn't mean to be confusing in my post 3y
Weave You weren't @BookishGirl06 it was my fault x 3y
Librariana This is one I definitely need to get to! And the fact that you've been meaning to give it a re-read speaks well of the series 😊 I'm also curious about 3y
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EchoLogical
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Mehso-so

I love this cover! This is exactly how I pictured Mary. This review is pretty late but here it goes... This audio was definitely so-so. I thought the premise (put zombies in M. Night Shyamalan's The Village) was awesome but I hated Mary, the protagonist. What a ridiculous and selfish person! I just couldn't get behind anything she did and if you want to know anything about me, know that I despise #unlikableprotagonists. Book ruined. Nuff said.

UnidragonFrag I felt exactly the same way. She was awful :( 3y
EchoLogical @UnidragonFrag She really was! The part when she called out her brother's wife hurt my soul. She was so petty and childish! 3y
UnidragonFrag Dude, I know. I can't see someone even being like that in that sort of world. 3y
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EchoLogical
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Trying out the new Libby app by Overdrive! Such a pretty interface. Anyone else using this?

#Libby #Overdrive

Bookworm54 I loved this one! Still not read the second yet (I scare easy haha) 3y
EchoLogical @Bookworm54 Me too! I'm glad you liked it. It didn't seem to do very well amongst our fellow Littens 3y
Bookworm54 I think that's the hardened horror lovers among us, for cowards like me I enjoyed it. The right amount of scare 😋I'm thinking of joining the It buddy read but may not make it all the way through. I hate clowns *shudder* 3y
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EchoLogical @Bookworm54 Ahhh... That makes sense. My husband read It and he said it's the only book that has ever scared him so I know that I'll never read it. He said he had a few instances that he was afraid to use the bathroom late at night. Just to put this all in reference, my husband is a soldier in the army so he doesn't scare that easily. 😂 3y
Bookworm54 Oh no! Maybe I can have an escort? 😂 3y
DrexEdit I'm not using libby. I hated overdrive so much though that I uninstalled it. Maybe I'll have to try #libby? 3y
EchoLogical @DrexEdit I actually like overdrive but wanted to get familiar with Libby for work. On the other hand, anything​ is better than one click digital. Lol 3y
Suet624 I use both Libby and Overdrive. I like both. 3y
TbrandBeyond Been wanting to read this for awhile now 😍 great title 3y
EchoLogical @NovelDescent Have you gotten around to it yet? Let me know what you think when you do! 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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This is, hands down, my favorite #zombie novel. #RockInMay

BookishGirl06 I love this series ❤️ 3y
Cinfhen The blurb sounds really good...I'm intrigued 🤔😗 3y
Leo1733 Ohhh, these were good! 3y
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Christinak
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This is an unputdownable read. (which is a good thing cause of all of the creepy unconsecrated). #rockinmay #zombie #yabooklove

Jokila Did you finish the series? I only ever read book one 3y
Christinak @jokila I did read the series and enjoyed them. I liked that each book was connected but not a direct sequel. 3y
Cinfhen Sounds too scary for me! 3y
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Casi
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What a great first paragraph

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ElsaMartins
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Starting a new book...

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ElsaMartins
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What to read next?! :D

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alovely26
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this week's reads!

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Bookworm54
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#yahorror #yascaryread #allhallowsread

This book terrified me! It probably didn't help that I read it during the winter when I was in a ground floor room of a hotel in the back end of Scotland. Very wooded and very dark. Not good for my imagination! 👻🎃☠️

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Bkwrm7
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Prepping for book club tonight - I hope I finish!

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Christinak
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Day 26 - couldn't put it down - This was one of the first e-books I checked out from the library. I checked it out because 1. It was available and 2. Unconsecrated (aka zombies) This book hooked me immediately. I sat and read it straight through, half taking my eyes from the book to order pizza on-line for the family for dinner. #septphotochallenge #somethingforsept #couldntputitdown

Bookworm54 I agree! I am going to read the second one next month for my spook fest. Because the first one scared me a little Dead Tossed Waves has just sat on the shelf for 3 years... 😳 3y
Foragingfantasy I enjoyed this one! I read it recently. 3y
Christinak @bookworm54 I really enjoyed the entire series. I thought this stayed strong all the way through. There are quite a few YA series where I wished I had not read the last one... I was pleased with each book. 3y
Bookworm54 Great! I will move this to the top of the October pile ☺️ 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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Despite being afraid of almost everything, I absolutely love #ScaryBooks. So if any of you have more recommendations for books I'll have to read with all the lights on, let me know. #SomethingForSept #SeptPhotoChallenge

wrenaymuhree I rather enjoyed FDNS by King... 3y
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morganstormborn
Mehso-so

I bought this book on a whim at a used book consignment shop. I enjoy dystopian novels written on the YA level because they are easy to read and usually short, and because I have been reading nonfiction lately I just wanted a break. I like the simple writing styles but with huge ideas (divergent, the giver, hunger games) I was not aware until the end that this was a series and TBH I probably won't read the others. I also am not a fan of zombies

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Foragingfantasy

I enjoyed this book. I'd give it a ⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating. I wish the characters relationships had been a little more developed.... I'll pick up the next if I see it at the library.

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NaomiroseMauro
Pickpick

Love love loved this book. I read it in one sitting. Kept me on my toes and guessing. Can't wait for the second one. Hoping it is just as good.

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Kim.dinna
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Pickpick

This book was soooooooo amazing. It's technically about zombies and has romance, There is soooo much action and kept me reading for hours. I literally read this book in one day😭 I highly recommend this book. Many people didn't like this book because there is two other books that go with it, And if you read all 3 books you'll be completely satisfied. Best 3 books I ever read .

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Inkpaperblott
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Mehso-so

This a good, old fashioned zombie tale of cults and secrets, however the main character is completely bat shit crazy and obsessed with the ocean. But other than that it was good? 😂

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ahuestis
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Mehso-so

Mary is pretty terrible, even for someone stuck in a zombie apocalypse. She wants to see the ocean, and if everyone she loves dies in pursuit then hey, must've been worth it.