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."
The beginning of this book had my attention - I was really intrigued, because I wasn't sure what was going on or where they were. And then, after 1/3 of the book, I found my mind wandering repeatedly until I decided not to spend any more time listening to the book. I cut my losses. This had the potential to be extraordinary.
It ranks somewhere in the middle. The narration was great! My biggest pet peeve with audiobooks is a crappy narration. Given that, there were a few times when I was eating breakfast in my car while listening to the audio book and had to turn it off because I was so grossed out - and I really don't have a weak stomach.
The story is told from the perspective of several characters. most of whom have both damning and redeeming qualities. The author also takes some time letting you in on what is actually happening in the world, so there's some pretty good suspense for about the first third of the book. However, after that first third, it moves from a story that sounds pretty intellectual and well thought out to your basic zombie story.
Melanie was my favorite, although I found it hard to find any of the characters in this book really appealing.
I think the end of the book was supposed to do that - but I found it creepy.
If you like zombie stories, you'll probably love and appreciate this book. I enjoy a good sci-fi or post-apocalyptic story, but zombies just annoy me. There was enough medical talk thrown in to keep me interested enough to not just turn it off. The details on the gory parts were over the top. I understand how they fit into the story, but definitely don't listen to this and eat. Also, don't play it anywhere where little ears can hear. I made the mistake of starting it when my kids were napping on the way home from vacation, and had to turn it off almost immediately. The narration is great, and probably the saving grace here.
I enjoyed it throughout and wanted to go back with each available moment for listening!
The futuristic setting!
I could follow dialogues well and attitudes of characters were easy to follow.
It was ok. A great book usually keeps me up all night and i look for excuses to keep listening. this wasn't one of those books. it was easy listening. ...but not worth going back for seconds
I listened to 1/2 of the book - hoping it would get better. It is just more of the same walking dead story line.
have a different end. it was like he had a great plot but did not know what to do with it.
no problems with Williams. A good job done there
the book started off great and I loved it till the end which I hated. I thought it was weak . when I finished the book it made me wish I had not read it. waste of time.
Likable well developed characters. Great story progression. Fun, unpredictable ending. Thought provoking. Generally happy, positive feeling for most of the novel.
Hard to say delightful given the content but it was a delightful and innovative twist to a very familiar theme. I really enjoyed it. The writing and the performance were well done and the variations in tone and perspective gave it depth. I will look for more from
this author .
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