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
"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."
Associate Fashion Designer. Artist. Day dreamer. Book in my bag at all times.
One of the most creative stories I've heard!
So different than any other zombie book. A lot of twists that make the reader want to keep listening.
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!!!!)
Honestly it stands alone as stories go. Very clever and intelligent, I have listened to it a few times.
The ending was so dang satisfying as it just makes you think, laugh and wonder.
It stayed with me and I feel very confident in recommending this book to anyone - it is that good!
Yes, it was surprising ,the twist at the end
He set the perfect tone
Yes, I really enjoyed the book
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.
The reader is perfect for the role
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.
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.
The story is very entertaining and I love how it unfolds gradually.
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.
She did an excellent job. I swear I finished the book and restarted it straight away!
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!
Dialogue was excellent. Vivid descriptions. Zombie mayhem.
Character development - complex and evolving.
Not particularly, but it was touching.
A touching book in a horrific setting.
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.
Honestly, the ending. I don't want to give it away, but it was definitely a surprise and very powerful.
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.
no, i dont usually listen to my books again
Not like any other book Ive read, unique
Not real scary, but still a zombie book
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