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."
interesting character developments, narrator was spectacular, wish there was more action in the beginning. enjoyed!
that is the best book I've listened to in a long time truly unique and original story and a nice spin on the zombie genre
Half read and half listened to this one. Narration was very good. I thought the pace of the story was perfect. Kept me intrigued. Concept was fresh. Details were vivid. Thoroughly enjoyed and I highly recommend it.
This book isn't just another one of "those" books. Ya know, those books that you can predict every plot twist chapters before it happens. Yeah, this book isn't one of those. It's so unique in its delivery. I can't stress that enough. Not to mention the narrator is fantastic.
I loved this book, it brought something interesting to an overexposed genre. the relationship between Justineau and Melania is dark and unsettling but so sweet at the same time. My only complaint was that it was over too quickly!
I love "apocalyptic" stories and this was by far the most imaginative and suspenseful book I've listened to (or read) in this genre. Just when I thought the characters or story was getting predictable, the author would surprise me with a twist I hadn't anticipated.
Wow. Hard to say. The characters were real people, not physical or mental superheros. Their development was consistent throughout the book and it was so believable. Its one of the few "end of days" books I've read that stays true to its storyline and doesn't throw in a random alien or something.
First of all, Finty Williams is an exceptional narrator. She made subtle changes to each characters voice, yet there was no confusion as to which character was talking. If I had to pick a character, probably Melanie. The childlike voice was just right. But truthfully, all the characters were so engrossing.
Extreme! I adored it! I've already told my son to read it (we love the apocalyptic novels) and I'll also tell my mother and daughter. Probably one of the best I've listened to all year (and I drive at least 25 hours a week, so I do a lot of listening!)
One thing that stood out for me was the scientific research the author must have done. Everything the doctor does is explained down to minute details, which also defines her character and her motives. Just a wonderful listen.
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