Ok, so firstly I'd like to say that I really liked this book. I think it had some great themes and was pretty well written. I read it in less than a day! It kinda had a Margaret Atwood feel to me. As well as some striking similarities to The Village. One of the things I didn't like about the book was the jumps in the story. There was a couple of times were something was happening and I couldn't figure out where this event came from. After I read a little further I would understand, but that initial feeling of "huh?!" distracted me from the story.
So one of the themes I really liked in the story was the "catastrophic event" theme. The story makes you wonder if Mary would have ever left if the fences had never been breached. Mary asks herself this same question in the book, and the answer is no. This is something we see very often in many books! The hero is not a hero until something "catastrophic" happens. I made me mad at the beginning because she kept talking about leaving but she never did. I understand that this is usual human behavior, but I just wanted her to be strong and GO!
The definition for unconsecrated is: "Not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled". It is obvious that religion plays a big part in this book. BUT one thing that is not mentioned is WHY. The book ends without a clear reason why the sisterhood existed or why/how they did what they did. This is the first in a 3 part series and I've heard from other readers that A LOT of questions raised in the first book are answered in the second book. SO, back to the religion in this book! The whole town was based on the sisterhoods idea of religion, most of which are seen in classic Christian society (with a few twists). We see Mary go through the "I believe in God, I don't believe in God" journey. I think this theme will be more interesting to talk about when we get some answers from the second and third books!
I have to admit. There were some parts of this book where I hated Mary. I hated her weakness for children. (Pg 191, 194-195). It was VERY agitating for me to see her act the way she did here. It was the classic "stupid girl" you see in scary movies. Oh! Let me open the door where I hear scary zombie noises! Oh! Let me hold this lovely zombie baby! Oh! What a cute zombie kid! Come see Auntie Mary! BLAHHHH! I needed Mary to be stronger than this. Going along with this, I see Mary as more crazy than brave. In fact I almost don't want to include her in the HERO category. I'm curious to hear what other people think about this.