Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Review, Sci-Fi

The Girl with all the Gifts | M R Carey

Publisher: Orbit
Published: 19/06/2014
Genre: Sci-Fi. Dystopian. Post-Apocalyptic.
Format: Paperback. Audiobook.
Pages: 460

Synopsis (Goodreads)
Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.“

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

I will be totally honest when I say, this book was completely and utterly out of my comfort zone, but oh boy did I love it to pieces.

The Girl with all the Gifts was definitely… different from most of the other novels that I normally read. A different take on zombies as these are not the brain-eating, undead zombies that you see in most films. These zombies won’t attack you, if they can’t smell the pheromones that you emit.

I thought that Melanie was such a cute, clever girl, so very different from the rest of the kids around her. More human. I loved Carey’s style of writing, it is that type of writing that gets you hooked, and makes you not want to stop reading until you get to the very end.


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