To echo what other people have said this is a zombie book that is really nothing like a zombie book. The writing is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy and very poetic. The protagonist, Temple is the enigmatic warrior. Although she is supposed to be 15 years old, this book certainly doesn't read like YA lit. It has very adult themes. It is the kind of book that wants to you to think. I didn't like the ending, in fact I hated the end, but at the same time I'm not sure it could have ended any other way.