I kept debating between 4 and 5 stars and it finally came down to one simple truth: I sacrificed sleep last night because I had to finish this book, coming to work on less than 3 hours just because I couldn't put the thing down. The world Ryan has built is fascinating, she's put thought into the various ways society would rebuild and deal with the unconsecrated/mudo problem. I do have a technical problem with the number of zombies still roaming around. They're dead, they continue to decay and fall apart. The numbers initially seen are believable. I can even give the number of dead tossed up from the ocean floor by storms a pass, salt water acting as a preservitive is possible
. The sticking point is the horde, how could there be an active horde so many generations later. Given the current decreased population, they couldn't all be recent dead. It's a question that occurred to me. But you know what, since it didn't occur to me until after I'd already finished the book, it didn't interfere with my reading enjoyment. I will definitely be reading the third book.