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The Boy on the Bridge
     

The Boy on the Bridge

by M. R. Carey
 

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Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.

The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.

To where the monsters lived.

In The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey returns to the world of his phenomenal USA Today and word-of-mouth bestseller

Overview

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.

The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.

To where the monsters lived.

In The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey returns to the world of his phenomenal USA Today and word-of-mouth bestseller, The Girl With All the Gifts, for the very first time.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/27/2017
Plausible science and solid prose and characterization elevate this dystopian thriller above similar works. In the same alternate future as Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts, a fungus, Cordyceps, which began as an insect parasite, has infected people, repurposing their brains and turning them into “hungries,” mindless creatures with an appetite for human flesh. Carey moves quickly to engage readers’ sympathies for epidemiologist Samrina Khan, one of a group of scientists and soldiers on a research mission. They travel through the U.K. in a motor home, on a desperate quest for an inhibitor that could make people resistant to the fungus. In the midst of the devastating horror the world has become, Samrina learns that she is pregnant, news she considers “a high tide of wonder and dismay and disbelief and misery in which hope bobs like a lifeboat cut adrift.” This development radically complicates things for her, and her colleagues, as the plot builds to a satisfying conclusion. (May)
Library Journal
01/01/2017
Carey, whose career launched with the word-of-mouth best seller The Girl with All the Gifts, again places a young protagonist in creepy, paranormal danger. Here, a community's cleverest boy is sent to confront the monsters beyond the gates. With a 100,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
2017-03-07
Carey returns to the post-apocalyptic world of The Girl with All the Gifts (2014).The Rosalind Franklin, aka "Rosie," carries five scientists, one very special boy, and their escort of six military personnel in her heavily armored belly trundling over the decimated landscape of a ruined Scotland, collecting caches of data left by a previous expedition. Their mission is to find a cure for the Cordyceps pathogen that, 10 years ago, began transforming people into mindless killing machines, dubbed "hungries." Epidemiologist Dr. Samrina "Rina" Khan hopes 15-year-old Stephen Greaves, and his unique abilities, will make a cure even more possible. After all, Stephen is something of a savant whose intelligence arguably outstrips that of all the scientists on board even though he suffers crippling social anxiety. One day, Stephen ventures off from a sampling expedition and discovers a female child among the hungries, a girl with the speed and reflexes of an infected but who also seems to be intelligent. Stephen knows that his discovery could change everything, if he can only make contact. Meanwhile, Rosie's crew can't get in touch with Beacon, their home base, and Rina is harboring a secret that could endanger the entire mission. Packing 12 people into a vehicle with coffinlike bunks and one shower would be stifling during the best of times, and tensions are high, amplifying power struggles between the civilian commander, Dr. Alan Fournier, and his scientists and between Col. Isaac Carlisle and his soldiers, especially volatile sniper Lt. Daniel McQueen. Carey weaves a creeping dread into his already tense narrative and doesn't rely on clichéd zombie tropes to drive it. Each crew member is compelling, but Stephen is the standout here, and his idiosyncrasies, of which he's painfully aware, only make him easier to root for, and Rina's love for him is an anchor. Just as they think they're close to a breakthrough, events force them to head for home, but they may not have a home to return to. A terrifying, emotional page-turner that explores what it means to be human.
From the Publisher
"Carey writes with compassion and fire - strange and surprising and humane"—Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls on The Boy on the Bridge

"A terrifying, emotional page-turner that explores what it means to be human."—Kirkus on The Boy on the Bridge

"Thoughtful and compelling"—RT Book Reviews on The Boy on the Bridge

"A tense story with superbly rendered characters and the same blend of tragedy and hope."—SciFiNow on The Boy on the Bridge

"[A] brilliant character study as much as a tense, satisfying post-apocalyptic thriller."—B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog on The Boy on the Bridge

"The Boy on the Bridge is a careful companion, including thematic parallels that remind us, in sometimes horrific ways, that our actions always have wider consequences than we think."—NPR

"The stakes are higher than ever...action-packed...Fans of Carey and readers of Ben H. Winters or Steven Barnes will enjoy."—Library Journal

"Spectacular!"—Martina Cole, author of Betrayal on The Boy on the Bridge

"Compelling . . . may leave you feeling shell-shocked."—SFX on The Boy on the Bridge

"A wonderful trip back into the universe of The Girl With All the Gifts"—100 Percent Rock Magazine on The Boy on the Bridge

"Heartfelt, remorseless and painfully human...as fresh as it is terrifying. A jewel."—Joss Whedon on Girl With All the Gifts

"Original, thrilling and powerful."—The Guardian on The Girl With All the Gifts

"Unique and terrifying."—Booklist (starred review) on The Girl With All the Gifts

"A great read that takes hold of you and doesn't let go."—John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of Let the Right One In on The Girl With All the Gifts

"...a brilliant work of science fiction, but even people who never read science fiction should absolutely read this one."—io9 on The Girl With All the Gifts

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316300339
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
05/02/2017
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
32,020
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a USA Today bestseller and is a major motion picture based on his BAFTA-nominated screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, two radio plays, and a number of TV and movie screenplays to his credit.

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