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The Girl with All the Gifts | [M. R. Carey]

The Girl with All the Gifts

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, June 2014 - All I knew going into M.R. Carey's The Girl with All the Gifts was that it is a zombie novel centered around a special, enigmatic little girl named Melanie. Now that I've finished, I have a dilemma — I want to convince everyone I know to listen to it, but I don't want to give a single thing away. What I will say is this: The Girl with All the Gifts is one of the most imaginative, original, and deeply human takes on the zombie genre I have ever encountered in any form. It's definitely a thriller in the true sense of the word: every time I thought I knew where the story was going, Carey completely changed the game, and there were plenty of those harrowing, suspenseful scenes that make the genre so irresistible. But what made this story truly unique were the characters — multidimensional, believable, and sympathetic personalities that stayed with me long after the story was over. If you like zombie fiction, or just great, smart thrillers, make this your next listen. And don't dare let anyone spoil the ending for you. —Sam, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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."

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    H. Chung 04-13-15
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    "Wow!"

    I didn't want to read this book. I'm not a fan of this genre, but I'm so glad I did. I loved the main characters and will miss them!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TruthBTold 04-13-15
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    "Not to be Missed!!!"
    Would you listen to The Girl with All the Gifts again? Why?

    YES


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with All the Gifts?

    Epic ending


    What about Finty Williams’s performance did you like?

    Did not detract from the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Melanie for Class President!


    Any additional comments?

    The majority of fantasy sci-fi books follow such prescribed plot lines that out comes and character roles can be guessed quite early on. This detracts from the quality of the read. Raising the superior brow at the "I knew it" moment seldom offers adequate consolation. Other fantasy books meander randomly with things just happening arbitrarily as if the story were someone else's dream. Such stories can be enjoyable especially if the characters are crisp and well defined. Jeff VanderMeer`s Area X comes to mind. The Girl With all the Gifts is strong on plot and character. It is dreamy without throwing the reader into dreamlike state of confusion. As the story unwinds you may find yourself saying "Yes, of course I should have figured that" but you most likely will not. Plan on being pleasantly surprised as this book stays one half step ahead of you from start to it`s just and epic end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana L. Huier 04-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    ""Village of the Damned" meets "I am Legend""
    Would you listen to The Girl with All the Gifts again? Why?

    Maybe, It was well written and there may be some details missed.


    What other book might you compare The Girl with All the Gifts to and why?

    I am Legend, Evolution swing


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Big things come in small packages.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a little too convenient Melanie could somehow be in closer proximity of the group in the later part of the book. I realize she may have developed more control over her savage instincts but it seemed to be an attempt to slip pass the reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KMNNY 04-08-15
    KMNNY 04-08-15 Member Since 2015

    Faulkner, zombies, pandemics, Hillary Mantel, Linda Barry, Atwood, time travel, and Karr, I'm all over the map.

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    "Smart Zombie book"

    Compares with Colson Whitehead's Zone One. Smart. Compelling. Has several disparate and well-developed characters. ...Is not too heavy handed in its end of the world blood and guts. ...An excellent read. I look forward to reading more by from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 03-24-15
    Sarah 03-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Weird, Sad, Unexpectedly Funny"

    Flawless performance by Flinty- I could listen to her all day.
    The story is full of shocking twists you aren't expecting. I figured out the main character's secret early on, but the hits just kept coming and I was truly shocked by the end of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 03-06-15
    Andrew 03-06-15

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    "Not enough story there"

    There were a couple of good ideas but not well plotted out and needed more. The characters also were not that interesting or real to the listener except for the girl herself but the author should have told the whole story from her point of view and instead of ending so abruptly, she should have developed the ending more dramatically and with more actin and direction as to where the world was headed next. The book kind of just ended abruptly as though the of author got tired and just wanted to end it. All in all, disappointing.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 02-15-15
    Emily 02-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "zombies"

    This is the first post apocalyptic book I have read - for that reason, it was interesting and very different for me. I thought the pace was good, the writing very good and the performance was excellent, but the story....

    ******SPOILER******

    If I spend time reading fiction, I want a HEA ending. If I want reality, I turn on the news read a paper, read non-fiction, or look out my front door - I do not want to pay money for someone else's fabricated unhappy ending.

    If it had a different ending, then I would have given it 4-5 stars, the rest of it was that good.

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    Andrea 01-05-15
    Andrea 01-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story!"

    A great book. Interesting themes, well paced, and gripping to the end. I highly recommend it.

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    Laura 10-05-14
    Laura 10-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not what I expected"
    What did you love best about The Girl with All the Gifts?

    It was such a great twist compared to other stories like this. It also seemed pretty accurate as to how things would go if something like that did hit the world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with All the Gifts?

    Honestly, the ending. I don't want to give it away, but it was definitely a surprise and very powerful.


    Any additional comments?

    I did have one issue with the science of it. The book was very detailed in how exactly everything works, but in reality, nothing could evolve to such a perfect point before even reaching the first reproductive stage. If you understandunderstand biology and evolution, you might need to suspend your disbelief. But, you almost always do in a book like this.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Joni 09-12-14
    Joni 09-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "new zombie twist"
    Would you listen to The Girl with All the Gifts again? Why?

    no, i dont usually listen to my books again


    What other book might you compare The Girl with All the Gifts to and why?

    Not like any other book Ive read, unique


    Which character – as performed by Finty Williams – was your favorite?

    Melonie


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hungrys


    Any additional comments?

    Not real scary, but still a zombie book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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