Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free.
For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can't remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her on a personal journey toward redemption. Moving back and forth between the insulated remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks.
Temple is fifteen and making her way through a destroyed zombie-filled America. This destruction is tackled in detail. Everything from where they live, how they live, what they had do to survive is described in detail~ wherein the gruesome nature of the book pops up. This is not for the faint of heart, and it probably isn’t for everyone. Alden Bell takes his time in detailing the goings on of Temple’s world. But what fascinated me most was her matter of fact living. See a zombie? Avoid it. But Kill if need be. She’d been born into a world where zombies were fact, so her bits of wisdom made sense to me. Why live in fear when the world was the way it was? But dig a bit deeper and you know she’s running from something, you know she’s damaged. The root of this damage makes her all the more sadder in my eyes, but stronger too. So that ending, while upsetting came as a relief. Moses described her best, when he said she was unafraid of everything but herself. Speaking of Moses, their relationship was confusing, thought provoking. NO, theirs wasn’t a romantic one, (although it could have been.) That would be oversimplifying matters. Theirs was a complex relationship of hunter-hunted, of respect and honor and later we discover, of equals- in the truest sense.
I’m probably going to be thinking of Reapers weeks from now.