The Girl With All the Gifts

The Girl With All the Gifts

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by M. R. Carey
     
 

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NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING.
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 biteSee more details below

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Overview

NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING.
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.
The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/14/2014
Comics writer Carey (Lucifer) delivers an entertaining take on several well-worn zombie tropes. Years after the requisite zombie apocalypse (this time caused by a mutant strain of an ant-killing fungus, probably the book’s most original touch), scientists in a remote outpost in England are working on a cure by experimenting on a group of zombified children who retain some of their original emotions and cognitive functions. Although Carey piles on the clichés (beyond the apocalypse and the recently trendy intelligent zombies, there are rogue survivalists straight out of The Walking Dead, scientists willing to cross ethical lines, and the ever-silly notion that people would use any term other than “zombies” to refer to the undead), he builds well-constructed characters—particularly Melanie, one of the zombified children, who comes across as cognitively and emotionally different from the other characters, without feeling like an offensive parody of a person with Asperger’s. The requisite action sequences are also well constructed, and the book will appeal to fans of zombie fiction. (June)
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"Original, thrilling and powerful."—The Guardian"

Unique and terrifying."—Booklist"

An instant favorite."—Boing Boing"

A great read that takes hold of you and doesn't let go."—John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN"

Heartfelt, remorseless and painfully human...as fresh as it is terrifying. A jewel."—Joss Whedon"

If you only read one novel this year, make sure it's this one, it's amazing."—Martina Cole"

One of the more imaginative and ingenious additions to the dystopian canon."—Kirkus"

...a brilliant work of science fiction, but even people who never read science fiction should absolutely read this one."—io9.com

VOYA, December 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 5) - Amy Sisson
In The Girl With All The Gifts, Carey has created a perfect adult/young adult crossover that follows ten-year-old Melanie, a girl who does not know why she is restrained at gunpoint every time she is escorted from her cell to a classroom down the corridor. Here she joins similarly restrained children, hoping always that her favorite teacher, Miss Justineau, will appear that day. Although Melanie has vaguely heard about the “hungries” who live beyond the base walls, her only other knowledge of the world is gleaned through the seemingly random facts that the teachers impart. When the base is eventually overrun by hungries, Melanie and Miss Justineau escape, accompanied by a few other survivors who seem to fear and loathe Melanie. Even if this book were not superbly written, older teens would welcome it based on its incorporation of two favorites: dystopian futures and zombies. The “z word” is never used, but the hungries exhibit classic zombie behavior, and Carey provides an intriguing, well thought-out biological explanation. Melanie’s dawning awareness of her nature, her devotion to Miss Justineau, and her relationships with her other companions are touching and suspenseful by turn, and the book remains a nail-biter to the end. While some of the author’s other novels, published under the name Mike Carey, are perhaps too violent to recommend here, this novel is perfectly suitable for older teens already familiar with this subgenre. Public libraries should be prepared for this to fly off both adult and young adult shelves. Reviewer: Amy Sisson; Ages 17 to Adult.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-02
Carey offers a post-apocalyptic tale set in England in a future when most humans are "empty houses where people used to live." Sgt. Parks, Pvt. Gallagher, Miss Justineau and Dr. Caldwell flee an English military camp, a scientific site for the study of "hungries," zombielike creatures who feast on flesh, human or otherwise. These once-humans are essentially "fungal colonies animating human bodies." After junkers—anarchic survivalists—use hungries to breach the camp's elaborate wire fortifications, the four survivors head for Beacon, a giant refuge south of London where uninfected citizens have retreated over the past two decades, bringing along one of the study subjects, 10-year-old Melanie, a second-generation hungry. Like others of her generation, Melanie possesses superhuman strength and a superb intellect, and she can reason and communicate. Dr. Caldwell had planned to dissect Melanie's brain, but Miss Justineau thinks Melanie is capable of empathy and human interaction, which might make her a bridge between humans and hungries. Their philosophical dispute continues in parallel to a survival trek much like the one in McCarthy's On the Road. The four either kill or hide from junkers and hungries (which are animated by noise, movement and human odors). The characters are somewhat clichéd—Parks, rugged veteran with an empathetic core; Gallagher, rube private and perfect victim; Caldwell, coldhearted objectivist ever focused on prying open Melanie's skull. It may be Melanie's role to lead second-generation hungries in a revival of civilization, which in this imaginative, ominous assessment of our world and its fate, offers cold comfort. One of the more imaginative and ingenious additions to the dystopian canon.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316278140
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
06/10/2014
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
4,637
File size:
1 MB

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