Published by Orbit on May 2nd 2017
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“Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.”
Stephen was very clever but even he could not make this book great for me. Let me start by saying that I LOVED “The Girl with all the Gifts” I thought it was AMAZING and I loved the POV chapters and of course, Melanie. Stephen is a 15-year-old autistic teen who has discovered that the “hungries” have maintained some of their humanity. He finds this interesting and compelling as he observes and ultimately interacts with them.
A team of scientists and military personnel are on-board, Rosie, which is basically an armored RV/motor home/lab, looking for a cure for the fungus that turns people into zombies/hungries. Rosie is where they do research, have sexual dalliances, stab each other in the back, make power plays, have resentments – you get the picture. Basically, the joys of living in extremely close quarters for months on end.
There are several characters in this book, but the main ones are Stephen and Dr. Samrina Khan. Khan and Stephen have a unique relationship. She rescued him when he was younger, and she is the only one allowed to touch him. Khan loves Stephen and feels responsible for him and his safety. Stephen is a unique 15-year-old and he is dedicated with finding the “cure”. Both of these characters are “troublemakers”. Dr. Khan is pregnant, and Stephen goes off on his own and conducts his research. He puts himself in danger to observe and interact with the hungries.
There were parts of this book that were just “blah” for me and parts that were really great – the great parts were mainly at the end. The story dragged in the beginning and did pick up stream. I liked that this book was not only about the hungries and finding the cure but also about humans trying to survive and the things they did for and against each other. I did not find that any of the characters in this book shined or stood out as they did in “The girl with all the gifts”. I rooted for and wanted more of the characters in this first book, and although; I liked Stephen and Khan, they did not wow me. For most of “The Boy on the Bridge” I was hoping for the story to get better and even when things did pick up at that point, I was left feeling meh. Perhaps, part of this was me having such high expectations as I loved the previous book. I wanted this one to WOW just as much. I’m sad to say that it did not.
Good not great.
Thank you to Orbit books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.