ARC: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Posted on 08/06/2014 in Book Review / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. CareyThe Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Published by Orbit on June 19, 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror, Science-fiction, Thriller
Pages: 408
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks 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 is a very special girl.\r\n\r\nEmotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.

When I started this book, I wasn’t entirely sure from the description where it was going to go. When I discovered the direction we were headed was post-apocalyptic zombies with a scientific twist, I could not have been more excited! It was impossible not to like Melanie – 10 years old, smart, and all she wants is to please her favorite teacher, Ms. Justineau.  But Melanie and her classmates are prisoners, most of their teachers are scared of them, and there is more to their situation than meets the eye.  This definitely wasn’t just your typical “band of plucky survivors” zombie story. Sure, some of the characters seemed like they might fill the obligatory roles, but we got to see things from each character’s perspective, get inside their heads, and they became more than just one-dimensional. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey is a completely fresh take on zombies and the way the world would react to them. There isn’t much else I can say without giving anything away. But, oh, that ending! I was not a fan.  Unexpected, original, and maybe even thought-provoking?  Yes. But it didn’t leave this reader very happy.  However, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey getting to that ending, and I think that anyone else who likes a good zombie story would enjoy it, too.

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Jessica’s addiction to books began at age 4, going on weekly trips to the library with her mom. After being a young fan of Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club, she discovered the thrill of reading a book that made her want to leave the light on and check under the bed. Her all-time favorite author is Stephen King, but she will read just about anything! Jessica never leaves home without her e-reader, and considers it the best gift she ever received. Her other hobbies include running and going to Disney World as often as possible.


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2 responses to “ARC: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

  1. Too bad about the ending, but the rest sounds worth it! I’m immediately intrigued that the girl is only 10 years old, that makes me think Middle Grade, so that’s different right off the bat. And it’s nice to get a fresh take on zombies! Great review, I’ll have to put this on my tbr 🙂

    • Thanks! I love zombie stories (big Walking Dead fan)! It was nice to read a fresh idea on them, even if it didn’t end the way I had hoped. I’m definitely interested to hear some other opinions, please let me know if you read it!

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