The story that started with The Forest of Hands and Teeth concludes in this last installment of the trilogy, a dark story full of despair and loss. Annah provides a good role model as a strong and resourceful girl who refuses to give up. Romantic relationships spring up between Annah and Catcher as well as between Elias and Gabry. Characters sleep together, but in a non-sexual way, and only kissing takes place. Imagery is disturbing and gory, though fans of the first two books will be used to that, as it has been a common theme throughout the trilogy. Dead bodies are everywhere, death is prevalent, and "The Unconsecrated" (infected moaning zombies) are a constant threat. Violent, bloody fighting and killing is commonplace, and main characters are constantly fighting for their lives. Powerful messages are conveyed about the will to live, the struggle for survival and how you would live if you knew you had very little time left. Language is mild (bitch).