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The Girl with All the Gifts | [M. R. Carey]

The Girl with All the Gifts

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 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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, June 2014 - All I knew going into M.R. Carey's The Girl with All the Gifts was that it is a zombie novel centered around a special, enigmatic little girl named Melanie. Now that I've finished, I have a dilemma — I want to convince everyone I know to listen to it, but I don't want to give a single thing away. What I will say is this: The Girl with All the Gifts is one of the most imaginative, original, and deeply human takes on the zombie genre I have ever encountered in any form. It's definitely a thriller in the true sense of the word: every time I thought I knew where the story was going, Carey completely changed the game, and there were plenty of those harrowing, suspenseful scenes that make the genre so irresistible. But what made this story truly unique were the characters — multidimensional, believable, and sympathetic personalities that stayed with me long after the story was over. If you like zombie fiction, or just great, smart thrillers, make this your next listen. And don't dare let anyone spoil the ending for you. —Sam, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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 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.

The Girl with All the Gifts is a sensational thriller, perfect for fans of Stephen King, Justin Cronin, and Neil Gaiman.

©2014 M.R. Carrey (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"A great read that takes hold of you and doesn't let go.""If you only read one novel this year, make sure it's this one, it's amazing.""The story of Melanie and the people around her is so thoughtfully crafted, so heartfelt, remorseless and painfully human, that it takes the potentially tired trope of the zombie apocalypse and makes it as fresh as it is terrifying. The story spirals towards a conclusion so surprising, so warm and yet so chilling, that it takes a moment to realize it's been earned since the first page, and even before. It left me sighing with envious joy, like I'd been simultaneously offered flowers and beaten at chess. A jewel."

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    Ruthie California, USA 11-10-14
    Ruthie California, USA 11-10-14 Member Since 2014

    Associate Fashion Designer. Artist. Day dreamer. Book in my bag at all times.

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    "Unexpected Surprise!"
    Where does The Girl with All the Gifts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most creative stories I've heard!


    Any additional comments?

    So different than any other zombie book. A lot of twists that make the reader want to keep listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D 11-02-14
    D 11-02-14

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    "Listen to This Book- You will enjoy it"
    If you could sum up The Girl with All the Gifts in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative Engrossing Complete
    I am not a big science fiction zombie book type of a reader but would say this is one of my favorite books. It holds on to you throughout and has an extremely satisfying ending while leaving an opening for a sequel (hint hint M.R. Carey!!!!)


    What other book might you compare The Girl with All the Gifts to and why?

    Honestly it stands alone as stories go. Very clever and intelligent, I have listened to it a few times.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending was so dang satisfying as it just makes you think, laugh and wonder.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It stayed with me and I feel very confident in recommending this book to anyone - it is that good!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    peg 10-23-14
    peg 10-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very well done"
    Would you listen to The Girl with All the Gifts again? Why?

    Yes, it was surprising ,the twist at the end


    What other book might you compare The Girl with All the Gifts to and why?

    None


    What about Finty Williams’s performance did you like?

    He set the perfect tone


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I really enjoyed the book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jewel 10-20-14
    Jewel 10-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Totally Engaging"
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    I'm not really much of a zombi books lover, I decided to give this book a try mostly due to the good reviews it got, and I'm happy I did.
    This book is different, Melanie is a loveable character given a story plot that just keeps me interested the whole way through.

    I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Tucker 10-17-14
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    "Best Zombie story in, maybe ever."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with All the Gifts to be better than the print version?

    The reader is perfect for the role


    Any additional comments?

    Best Zombie contagion and transmission hypothesis ever. It's scientific and based on true conditions and possibly with mutation or evolutional changes could actually happen. The author deserves a Zombie Oscar or something for how the Zombies work. That alone will keep you awake at night.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    elizabeth bolton, CT, United States 10-15-14
    elizabeth bolton, CT, United States 10-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Really disturbing"

    I'm not into young adult stuff and got this on a whim for something different. It was one of the most disturbing stories I've listened to in a while- that being said, it was very well crafted and I was hooked till the end. And then I was stunned- I would never have expected it to end the way it did. Left you unsettled pondering some really big questions about morality, authority and social ethics. Great writer. I'm not sure this story should be a young adult story though, this was very dark at the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Browder 10-14-14
    C. Browder 10-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "It's the Book With All the Gifts!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is very entertaining and I love how it unfolds gradually.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Helen Justineau was my favourite. She was so lovingly flawed. Equally intelligent and dimwitted! She just could not see what was right in front of her and she could be annoying as hell! But, she was loyal and the person I'd want in my corner.


    What does Finty Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She did an excellent job. I swear I finished the book and restarted it straight away!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part when it was explained why Melanie revolted Sgt Parks. When she described it as lifting up a large stone in a garden, seeing the creepy crawlies underneath and one waving up saying, "Hi Eddie!" That gave me the heebie-jeebies! I was driving at the time and I swerved off the road! That gets the metaphor of the year award!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed 10-08-14
    Ed 10-08-14
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    "Fungus-Fueled Fun!"
    What did you love best about The Girl with All the Gifts?

    Dialogue was excellent. Vivid descriptions. Zombie mayhem.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development - complex and evolving.


    Which character – as performed by Finty Williams – was your favorite?

    The teacher.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not particularly, but it was touching.


    Any additional comments?

    A touching book in a horrific setting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 10-05-14
    Laura 10-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not what I expected"
    What did you love best about The Girl with All the Gifts?

    It was such a great twist compared to other stories like this. It also seemed pretty accurate as to how things would go if something like that did hit the world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with All the Gifts?

    Honestly, the ending. I don't want to give it away, but it was definitely a surprise and very powerful.


    Any additional comments?

    I did have one issue with the science of it. The book was very detailed in how exactly everything works, but in reality, nothing could evolve to such a perfect point before even reaching the first reproductive stage. If you understandunderstand biology and evolution, you might need to suspend your disbelief. But, you almost always do in a book like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joni 09-12-14
    Joni 09-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "new zombie twist"
    Would you listen to The Girl with All the Gifts again? Why?

    no, i dont usually listen to my books again


    What other book might you compare The Girl with All the Gifts to and why?

    Not like any other book Ive read, unique


    Which character – as performed by Finty Williams – was your favorite?

    Melonie


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hungrys


    Any additional comments?

    Not real scary, but still a zombie book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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