Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hare Moon - Carrie Ryan

Yes, I read another story in this anthology!  And since they're all different stories, I think they need to be reviewed individually.
So this one is of Hare Moon, Carrie Ryan's contribution to the anthology.  You may recognize her from books such as The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth).  This story is set in the same zombie-infested world as these two.
After I read The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I had a lot of questions about the whole layout of the world.  How did they build all these gates when there were zombies attacking from every angle? Why did they separate all the villages?

This story helped me understand better how all these zombies got shut behind the gates, and how the villages were built. In that way, I was very satisfied with the story, because I really did wonder about that.
The main plot of the story is not about how the zombies were blocked off, however.  It's a love story.  A sad one. Tabitha lives in one of these villages.  She meets Patrick through a fence.  He's from another village, but no one else knows about him.  Tabitha, of course, falls in love with him, since he's not the same 35 people she sees everyday (yes there were probably more than 35 people in the village, but you get my drift) and he's good looking and well, she isn't SUPPOSED to have him, so of course she wants to.
Then she doesn't see him for a while and is forced to become a nun (a fate worse than death for sure) since she doesn't want to marry anyone else.
Of course, the nuns are a bunch of bitches, and the higher up ones know all the details about the zombie apocolypse and why and how but they don't want anyone else to know so that they can completely control the population. Of course.
Tabitha eventually sees Patrick again, and he tells her his village was wiped out by a virus and he and his brother have to move to her village (suspicious, hmm).
Since no one is allowed in the village from the outside for fear of spreading the 'Unconsecrated' curse upon them all, she has to hide them.
Without spoiling the story, I'll just let you know that it doesn't end well.  There is a reason this anthology is called Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love.  There's, you know, death.
I would definitely reccommend that anyone who has read any of Carrie Ryan's books to read this short story.  It really does make the series make more sense, and it's bittersweet and emotional as well as satisfying.
Plus, it's not very long.  We're talking easy for the commitment-phobia. Seriously.

1 comment:

  1. Carrie's story's don't end well usually :-) I haven't gotten to Dead Tossed Waves yet because I'm still traumatized by the first book!