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 can't really describe this book without spoiling it. Another reviewer wrote something similar and it's true. This book was like a combination of "The Last of Us" (video game) and "I Am Legend" (the book not all the awful Hollywood adaptations.) Fans of apocalyptic stories might really enjoy this one.
I’m not a reader of Zombie fiction but consistently good reviews and great word of mouth made it seem worth a try. Even after making that decision, I owned it for a year before I actually read it. I could pretend I was saving it but the truth is it was just hard to pick up. Once I did, it was even harder to put down. M.R. Carey took a real risk with a zombie apocalypse story from the point of view of a zombie. Regardless of the fact that it’s a little girl, it’s still a zombie. High risk can pay high rewards and it’s the reader who gets the biggest payout. A nicely woven plot, expertly paced. Characters developed to the point that the reader can understand them even when you may disagree with them. Carey never short changes and he doesn’t abuse your trust. I’m glad I took the risk.
The narrator, Finty Williams, was excellent.
This is a fascinating story. The characters are very interesting and complex and develop over the course of the story in a way that is natural and not forced. The setting is not of a genre I usually go for (post-apocalypse/"zombies"), but I'm glad I did. The zombie thing isn't trite, it's actually pretty cool sci-fi. And the ending. Wow. Wrapped up neatly and all, but totally not what I was expecting. It was excellent.
The narration was very nice! I'm glad I've found a new favorite narrator and author. Will be looking for more from them.
I think Stephan King is a genius
The story kept me on the edge of my seat. Very exciting yet believable. It didn't slow down once!
Sergeant is probably my favorite character. The author gives us just enough information to draw conclusions on his backgrounds and what makes him tic while still creating a strong personality with every scene he is in.
The scenes in the labs are my favorite because they are so intense.
Yes! I got mad every time I was interrupted and, when it was done, I started right back over at the beginning. It felt like there was so much momentum that I couldn't get bored listening to it a second time.
Great ending. There are so many books these days hoping for a sequel and not giving you much of an ending. This book leaves room for more but also wraps up the current conflict nicely making the reader feel they have the answers they seek.
I've only ever owned the audio version, so I'm biased.
As strange as it may sound, Dr. Caldwell. I don't think she was a monster, but an accurate representation of what would happen if the human race were really facing extinction. As easy as it is to hate her, she was the only one who persevered long enough to find answers. Her bedside manner was sh*t, but it is what it is.
The very end, it was so poetic and redeeming in a way.
I BELIEVE THE CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE
Wonderful read, slightly different than other books in it's genre. Layers to the plot and the characters.
There are a lot of post apocalyptic books out there, but this one had a good combination of unusual perspective, good narration, and a good pace. I purchased it on a basic recommendation from a friend without knowledge of the subject matter, and despite the fact that it wouldn't be my typical subject matter, I very much enjoyed it.
Well narrated. Well written. Eerily compelling story. This was not my usual choice of an audio book but I have to say it grabbed me with a "hungry" chokehold.
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