The Girl With All the Gifts

Carey, M. R., 1959-

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Girl With All the Gifts
Not every gift is a blessing. 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. Emotionally 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.
Published: New York, NY :, Orbit,, 2014.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 0316278157
Branch Call Number: F CAR
Characteristics: 407 pages ;,22 cm


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One of the most original and beautifully written zombie books I've ever read. The diverse character perspectives work to further the reality of this bleak world but Melanie's chapters shine for me. She sees the world through a lens of allegory and fantasy even as she discovers the dark secret about herself.

Oct 12, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Melanie is a very special girl. Her favourite time of day is when she's wheeled out of her cell for lessons and it's Miss Justineau teaching. She's not a fan of the Sergeant, but she mostly sees him rather than hears him. She really doesn't like the doctor and really doesn't like it when her classmates tend to vanish.

From Melanie's point of view, we see a version of the world that the adults are clinging onto. From the adults in the story we see what is really going on and what is really left of that world. That and what makes Melanie and her class so special. You'll figure out what that is in the first ten pages but seeing everyone else tiptoe around it when Melanie is not just your average little girl is almost funny.

It's an interesting story and it's a book you don't want to put down. I don't want to say too much else about it because the less you know the better but if you're still looking for apocalypse literature with a heart, then this book will probably fit the bill just fine.

Oct 11, 2014
  • rhacker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Not your average zombie novel. Inventive. Beautifully written and poignant.

Sep 22, 2014
  • KatRPL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My measure of a good book is if it keeps me up way past my bedtime because I just keep wanting to read one more chapter. This one did that for me, and I finished it in two sittings because I couldn't put it down.

Ok, yes, it's technically a zombie book, but this has way more heart and soul (and a better ending) than just about any I've ever read. If you like your sci-fi more on the human side, but don't want to give up the page-turning thrills, this is a great read!

Aug 16, 2014
  • VirgilCane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the more palatable in this evolution of the genre whereby zombies can talk. I usually stop reading at that point because I'm a zombie purist. However this tale was different and well enough written that I forged on and I am glad I did.

Aug 04, 2014
  • aliciamarie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Like the previous commenter, this book was not what I was expecting after reading the brief description. But words cannot express how much I loved it anyway. I am glad I was "duped" into reading this book. Not a YA futuristic, post-apocalyptic novel. This one is for adults. It's disturbing and gory at times, yet so interesting and descriptive it sucks you in. I liked the scientific explanations for why things are happening the way they are. Made it more realistic in a way. I couldn't put it down!

Jul 06, 2014
  • gvlee rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Thrilling and fast paced, this is an intense story set in the dystopian future about a special little girl and her caring teacher. The character development is just as riveting as the action. It is both horrifying and touching. Highly recommended.

Jun 26, 2014
  • workerbee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book wasn't what I expected from the cover and the description. I thought it would be about a girl with paranormal gifts. It isn't that kind of story at all. and I was well into it before I figured out exactly what makes the little girl special.

I don't want to put in a spoiler, but take my advice and look on the right hand side of your screen at "subject headings" before you check this one out.

It is well written and certainly holds your attention.

Jun 12, 2014
  • multcolib_rachaels rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Melanie is a brilliant little girl who has spent her whole life in a prison, never knowing a human’s touch. The reason why, and what the world outside the prison is like, is absolutely fascinating.


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Aug 14, 2014
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