The Girl with All the Gifts

The Girl with All the GiftsThe Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Published by Orbit on June 19th 2014
Pages: 460
ISBN: 0356500152
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four-stars

Who doesn’t love sweet Melanie? She is such a sweet girl, a special girl, a smart girl, a zombie. She is a good student who loves to learn. She loves her teacher, Ms. Justineau. She wants to please her teacher. Her teacher instructs her on so many wonderful things such as poetry, math, mythology, and other subjects. Other teachers tell her about the time before the breakdown. The time before the “hugries” or “junkers”. On days she is not in class Melanie thinks about her teacher…imagining situations where they are together. Melanie really likes her teacher because her teacher is nice to her.

Soldiers, where Melanie lives, come into her cell and strap her into a wheelchair and take her into a classroom. They call her and the other children names and are not friendly to them. They hose them down with a chemical spray and feed them grubs once a week. She tries to joke with them. She tries to tell them she wont hurt them. They never respond to her jokes.

There are doctors who look at them with their cold clinical eyes. Sometimes children are examined and they disappear. What type of place is this? What are the doctors looking for? How did the children get here? What is going on in the outside world?

What happens when a rag tag group of survivors must band together in an us against them type of situation. What bonds will they forge? How will they survive? What is going on with this virus?

This story takes place in an apocalyptic England. Not your genre of book? Take a Chance. Take a BIG chance because this book is wonderful. It is original, creative, imaginative, and so well thought out. You do not need to like horror novels, you do not need to like dystopian/apocalyptic books, you just need to have a love of reading. Again…TAKE A CHANCE ON THIS BOOK!

This book is like a gift that keeps on giving. I went into this book blind. I had no idea what it was about. I love doing approaching a book in this manner. I might not have read it otherwise. But I did. I did read it and now I want others to read it as well. Why? Because it is good. It is original. It is fresh. It is imaginative. It is scary (at times). It is well written. Okay, you get my drift.

The book will most likely chew you up and spit you out (bad Zombie pun) and that’s a good thing.

four-stars