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 wouldn't have chosen this book if I had known the basic idea. I'm glad that I didn't look it up. It was really better than I would have looked for in a (zombie-like apocalyptic type) book. I would suggest it to friends and that says a lot for me as I don't toss titles out easily.
Fascinating exploration of what being human, being moral, and being "right" mean when society doesn't exist any longer. A very well crafted story, with fully realized characters and a very unpredictable plot line. Melanie the child protagonist of this story, is very precocious -- but it pretty much works for me in this context. Fascinating and haunting!
Brandon Sanderson has ruined other authors for me. After reading the stellar reviews for this audiobook I gave it a go, however I struggled to get into it and could never fully connect with the characters. The supposedly surprise twist at the ending left me feeling like "That was it"? I struggle to find stories of the caliber of Sanderson, and after reading the reviews for this book, I hoped for something remarkable, but was left wanting. Sigh.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading have also made it difficult to listen to less engaging performances by other less talented audio narrators.
I read the book about a quarter way through and knew I had to have the audiobook as well. excellent. in all respects. the viewpoints frkm Melanie, a ten year old girl, the researcher, teaher and then sergeant were believable and entertaining. I will read and listen again and again.
Sci-Fi nerd, musician, reading enthusiast
"The Girl with All the Gifts" tricked me into reading a zombie novel. Not that I have anything against the genre, it's just not at all what I was expecting. That being said, this novel was such a interesting and well done twist on the idea of a zombie book. There are twists and turns galore, characters you can truly feel something for, and a very creative twist on the zombies themselves. Carey manages to beautifully create an utterly dead world that is both believable and horrifying. This book should appeal to both genre readers and casual readers alike.
For the audio edition: Finty Williams fits this story and the characters perfectly, providing a perfect dichotomy between the apocalyptic setting and her gentle and innocent voice.
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