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."
I was hooked from beginning to end! The characters and storyline were great! Also, the narrator really brought each character to life with her reading of the material.
The story opens in an institution that has the feel of a mental hospital or a prison but turns out to be a research facility whose avowed purpose is to discover some kind of cure or vaccine for this fungal infection. The institution is located in the middle of nowhere and heavily guarded by military types to keep it from being invaded by the remaining victims of the infection, known as “hungries”.
At the heart of the institution are a group of children. They are kept permanently locked down – shut up in cells, handcuffed, locked into their wheelchairs. They are fed nothing but grubs. The staff of the institution regards them as animals, or less than animals. But they are being educated. And they are very intelligent.
The story follows Melanie, evidently the brightest of them all. One really bad day, Melanie is taken to the doctor’s office instead of to class. Her favorite teacher, Ms. Justineau comes to try to save her. And just then, the base is invaded by the “hungries” and nothing can stay the same.
Melanie, even though she is a "hungry" turns out to be more human than most of the other characters.
awesome book very entertaining till the very end five stars is not enough. after listening I had my wife listen to it. would recommend this book to anyone who loves or even just likes zombie apocalypse books.
I like books that may cause me to crash my car due to their enthralling story.
This is a very emotional piece that explores humanity and what it is made of? One of the best parts of this piece is the fact you are able to see a problem through different lenses (Scientific, Military, Educational, and the Girl with all the gifts). The narrator is really good.
It had a surprising conclusion, but do not want to spoil it. This is a book that you will not be able to put down. But be forewarn it is graphic.
characters seemed slightly generic at times. otherwise great with a couple good twist. left me excited to see the movie and the prequel coming out. nothing over the top, but enough for me to really enjoy. ending was A+
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