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'm not a zombie fan and I loved this book for it's complexities; exploring human nature and morality/ethics. A fun read with plenty of biomedical and psychological material along with some thrill and twists.
It is a really good story, and the storyline moves along enough to keep you from becoming bored.
Especially in the beginning, they ease you into an understanding of what is going on. Although once you finally figure out the concept, you wish that they assume the reader is not stupid and quit alluding to the concept, but instead just run with it.
Worth listening to, probably only once though.
The story was well put together and had enough science to make it believable. The characters were well developed and by the end of the story you were invested in them
Love every genre - read a book every 2 weeks or so- I mix between business books, classics, modern fiction, and biographies
I had no idea this was an undead book and normally steer clear but it was very well done - good beginning middle and end - would be a great movie.
Absolutely, the story starts out a little strange, with the reader/listener guessing and wondering, but at the same time knowing what the story line is all about. You keep with the story to see if you guessed right, while fascinated at the turn of events.
Sergeant (everything, beginning to end), Melanie (self-acceptance and determination), Ms. Justineau (her compassion)
Melanie’s explanation to Sergeant.
No; good story but not really a “must see what happens next” type of story.
I like the narrator, did not try to sound like a man, she was natural, you knew the characters when they spoke. My problem, not the narrator, was attuning my ears to an English narrator. This audio book I will return to often.
The story started off intriguing but quickly became boring and drawn out. I was expecting something big to happen at the end which never did.
One of the best performances I've heard. Well done! The story was well paced, and was a great mix of plausible and unexpected development.
what a great book!! I had no idea what it was about. it was selected for my book club's monthly listen. I'm glad it won because I probably would have never picked it out.
Finty Williams, soothe me with your sweet voice... I could seriously just listen to her narrate a history book and it would be good...
But seriously, it was pretty cute and novel for another zed story.
Dark stories from the perspective of children are always a lot of fun. The relationships and character growth based around Melanie and her innocent wisdom really made this a charming read. The ending, while not the most novel convention in the genre, still managed to surprise and put a unique spin on the trope.
This book seems ripe for a big-screen treatment, that is, if the zed adoring public hasn't grown as sick of the unkillable undead as I have.
For those who like zombies and a good plot, I strong recommend this book. I couldn't get enough! I wish there was a sequel.
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