THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
By MR Carey
- Genre: Supernatural Thriller, Zombie, End of the World & Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction
- Publisher: Orbit
- Publication date: April 2015
- ISBN-13: 9780316334754
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 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 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.
A TACO REVIEW
Hello my beautiful spring rolls. This week I will share with you The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R Carey. My first book to knock off two of the topics for the Summer Reading Challenge, #7 A book with a yellow cover and #15 A used book. I bought this book off of Thriftbooks.com a few months ago because I had heard nothing but good things about it. It did not disappoint. The one thing that did disappoint me is that it doesn’t have a sequel.
But I am getting a movie, and it looks absolutely amazing. The cast is perfect and I cannot freaking wait.
If you watched the trailer above then you know that it is in fact about zombies. Wait a minute, wait a minute, stay with me guys. It truly is an original piece of work and I do not say that lightly. It is a breath of fresh air in a stale and overpopulated genre. It’s scary in a way that makes you question how humans really are. Are we any better than the mindless “hungries” that roam the city? Or maybe we need a clean slate to make better choices?
While the book revolves mostly around the group of five people; Miss Justineau (the teacher), Dr. Caldwell (the lead scientist that will stop at nothing to get her research), Sargeant Eddie Parks (the one in charge), Gallagher (a soldier kid that Parks saved), and Melanie. Most of the story is told from her point of view, so it’s safe to say she’s the main character, but everyone gets a shot at telling their side.
Melanie is a “hungry” kid that’s been collected by the British army to a science facility to run experiments on. There’s a whole group of them, they’re isolated from one another and everyone else and literally kept on leashes. It is so refreshing to read a character like Melanie. She’s so complex in her thinking, in the way she wants to protect Miss Justineau from everything and everyone, including herself. You’re literally seeing the world for the first time through Melanie. There’s this passage where she’s admiring a tree branch and it was so beautiful that it reminded me how much I take for granted.
The rest of the characters are equally complex. They are all doing what they believe is right. Caldwell wants to save humanity and she’s not going to let her feelings get the better of her. Parks wants to make sure this group doesn’t die before getting to safety. Gallagher just wants to live, dammit. Miss Justineau wants to protect Melanie because in the course of their time together she’s grown to care for the not just Melanie, but the other kids too. She doesn’t seem them as the monsters her peers see them as. They are children, dangerous as hell, but children nonetheless. I admired how Carey was able to form relationships and bonds between everyone. It couldn’t have been an easy task.
M.R Carey has painted these breathtaking scenes that are both beautiful and sobering. There was a chapter where Dr. Caldwell is dissecting a body (FOR SCIENCE!) and yes, it was gory and made me wrinkle my nose but it was art. Never have I ever described brain scoopage as an art form. This is how serious I am about this book, guys.
I feel like there is so much to cover but I’ll never be able to get it right. You have to read it for yourself. Or wait for the movie, but you know the book is always better.
I give this book 5 Tacos out of the Taco Scale of Awesome. The Girl With All The Gifts is a story of human endurance, of a forgotten sense of wonder of the world around you, and of longing. I know how wishy washy I’m sounding but I can’t help it. This book is really that good. The ending. Oh my goodness the ending. It left me slack jawed and mildly satisfied.
I know if you give this book a try you’ll grow attached to Melanie and Miss J like I did. And if you do give me a holler so we can fangirl together below, on Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter, Facebook, and or/ Tumblr.
Read this book. And after, be sure to check out the Final Deleted Chapter!
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Until next time. Mon, over and out.