The Girl With All the Gifts

The Girl With All the Gifts

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by M. R. Carey

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The USA Today bestseller
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…  See more details below


The USA Today bestseller
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.

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Ten-year-old Melanie is good-humored and a star student, but she lives in closely guarded lockdown. This partially zombified child has been kept alive as a medical experiment subject after an undead apocalypse laid waste to much of the planet. Early readers of The Girl with All the Gifts have praised it as a horror story with a human touch and as a novel perfectly described on the jacket as a cross between Kazuo Ishiguro and The Walking Dead. To quote the novel itself, "In an age of rust, she comes up as stainless steel." Definitely worth recommending.

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The Girl With All The Gifts 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
I admit I read a couple of reviews of this book before I began reading it myself. The reviews were fabulous and hinted there was a big secret that shouldn't be spoiled by reviews that might give it away, so I immediately stopped, anticipating a mind-blowing twist in this novel. About ten pages in, I figured it out and assumed since it was that easy, there must be something else. But there wasn't. Without giving anything away, this book is about a topic that's pretty popular right now, but is explained in scientific terms that made complete sense and I liked that. Although the story was told in varying POV's, I especially enjoyed learning how Melanie perceived her world and had to make decisions far beyond her years. I also found it fascinating being in loathsome Dr. Caldwell's head to understand how she justified her actions. The relationship between Melanie and Sergent Parks was fascinating, and even touching at times as it evolved, although the primary focus was meant to be on the interaction between Miss Justineau and Melanie. I thought Parks was more of a realist, while Miss Justineau occasionally refused to see logic, although I really admired her spunk. While this book had several 'rush of adrenaline' moments, adequate pacing, and kept my interest, I thought the title, and even the cover were misleading and probably missing this novel's target audience. On the other hand, those who were misled but stick with it may be surprised at how much they enjoy this book. I would recommend The Girl With All the Gifts to sci-fi, horror, and dystopian readers - it was a different take on a subject that's been around for quite some time and was an engaging read. This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book free from Net Galley and Orbit in exchange for an honest review. Thank you both for the opportunity!! This book was nothing like I thought it was going to be and after a little ways into, I realized it was another Zombie book. Ugh, love watching  The Walking Dead, but don't like reading Zombie books.  However, this one had a much different take on the genre and I found myself really getting into it. I really felt for the main character, Melanie, and enjoyed rallying her on. And, of course, there was the villain who everyone loves to hate.  The book was an easy read and I did so in two sittings, only because I had to stop for an engagement. It was very well written and I would recommend it to anyone that likes the dystopian genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The beginning really pulled me in and I found the whole story satisfying. The characters are well written. I liked how the reader was able to get into their minds to find out what made them tick. I also enjoyed the writing itself. It is well written, easy to follow and hard to put down.
Kaylexanna More than 1 year ago
It was so awesome going into this book not really knowing what it was about or anything else about it. It made the beginning especially so much more awesome. I saw The Girl With All the Gifts advertised in ads on my phone and filed the title away in my brain for another day, and then a little while after it came out, it became one of my birthday book picks. I was very excited when it was chosen for my online book club, and while my expectations were fairly high, I was not disappointed. I fell in love with the first few chapters of this book as I learned about the world and the people bit by bit through Melanie's eyes, and while I was a bit jarred and disappointed by the changes of POV that take place after the first few chapters, I eventually grew accustomed to it and didn't mind quite as much later on. I loved Melanie's POVs and she was definitely a part of what made this book so awesome for me. There's also a lot of science in this book, and though I will admit that in parts, it went over my head, I enjoyed what I understood. It was really interesting in parts, and I liked that it felt plausible, or at least was explained in such a way that it did. I loved that the mystery here was unveiled bit by bit through science and through the characters' experiences and observations. As I mentioned before, I was originally disappointed by the multiple POVs. I was also a bit tripped up by the present tense, at least initially. Instead of flowing in my mind, it really stood out to me and I had a hard time getting past it at first, but eventually the story seemed to flow with it a bit better, and I didn't mind so much after I'd read a bit more of the book. It's really hard to talk about books that blew you away, but I loved how everything came together. Even though it's been a week since I finished this book, Melanie is still in my head. I can't stop thinking about her.
Toni_LP_Kelner More than 1 year ago
I thought it was brilliant. The character of Melanie was so real, and the journey was riveting. But it was the ending I adore. Never saw it coming, but afterward, couldn't imagine any other way of finishing the story.  Yeah, brilliant is the word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel uses the idea of zombies to explore what it is to be human and how love, loyalty and trust affect the way we behave. It is not a very bloody version of zombi or vampire novels but it does have some "gross" descriptions. For me, these are outweighed by the development and growth of the characters. The main character, Melanie, has distinctive personality and point of view. She combines a sort of innocent idealism with clearsighted intelligence.
Murky More than 1 year ago
the premise was fascinating until about the last quarter of the story. Then it seemed to lose itself with a saggy dissatisfying ending. We're talking characters facing global disaster - I just expected a smart, quirky ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty good, very descriptive, and it gets you wondering what will happen next. I personaly couldnt put it down so it only took me about 45 mins for me to read it. So yeah it was good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has such strong characters and smart narration that is too often lacking in these books. Even if youre not a fan of zombie novels. You will love this one.
BrandieC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars The Girl With All the Gifts has received a lot of hype, so I was expecting great things from this post-apocalyptic read. Unfortunately, it did not deserve all the buzz. The premise was interesting, and Carey did a good job in developing the relationship between Melanie and her teacher Miss Justineau, thereby earning the extra half star. However, there was no real sense of danger, urgency, or surprise; without those qualities, a zombie novel just falls a little flat. I received a free copy of The Girl With All the Gifts through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. I got a free sample of the first few chapters and didn't even look at it again until a friend mentioned she read it and liked it. I picked up my sample and was so engrossed I had to read the rest. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because the ending was kind of a disapointment but other than that I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone that loves the classic undead theme will appreciate this new take. Lots of heart and very engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good couldnt put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love zombies. i also love well-thought-out science fiction, characters with depth, unusual love stories, and exciting plots. this is the book with all the gifts. most zombie books choose from one of a few weaknesses: thinly-imagined characters, poorly-thought-out fictional science, gore at the expense of plot. this one redeems the genre. read and enjoy!
lindagshaffer More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!  I hope there is mote to the story, I want to know what happens to Melanie.  Read this book, it's can't put it down great!!  
ElliottBaye 11 days ago
I am giving this book three stars because the characters are well developed and the subject has a smooth and easy to follow flow. However, the story itself seemed a little flat. I did not feel there was a build-up or climax to the story. I will be interested to see if the upcoming film will improve on the plot.
Jennifer2520 4 months ago
Great read! I enjoy zombie movies/games/books so I found it fascinating. Set in England 20 or so years from now after the zombie outbreak. I had a difficult time putting the book down. I would recommend this for anyone interested in zombies, sci-fi, or fantasy.
Vincaid 6 months ago
I made an account, just to review this book. I am so angry at this story, and seeing how much the reviews are absolutely RAVING! I'm so surprised this book has such a brilliant review, because it was the dullest thing I've read since the back of a shampoo bottle after taking one too many colon cleansers. Let me start on a positive note: The writing was beautiful! The author knows how to portray thoughts and emotions very well, and his metaphors are brilliant. But that also comes as a curse, because that's ALL he focuses on. He fails to supply the reader with enough imagery to paint a picture 95% of the time. Inner dialogue is great, but it felt like I was damn near reading a diary. On the rare occasion that a chapter COULD evoke a painted image in your mind, it didn't last long before you were back to the void blackness inside the character's head. (This was absolutely unbearable for psychotic scientist, Caldwell. For some reason the author thought it reasonable to fill page after page with scientific babble that made no sense to anyone without a hefty dictionary for biological and psychological terms.) For a zombie book, this made it incredibly disappointing. Secondly, this story lacked all but an ounce of character development. When a character dies in a story, and your reader doesn't feel ANY emotion at all, that's how you know you're doing it wrong. I had no connection with a single character. The main character even felt abstract and unbelievable. Their relationships to one another (perhaps besides Melanie and Sergeant) feel vague and understated. To be honest, they were characters without character. Third-- and not my last complaint, but I'll stop at this one-- is that the story line was unavailing. Fruitless and unprofitable, it felt like reading the story was an entire waste of time once you got to the end. Nothing else mattered, because the entire first 60 chapters become irrelevant. The whole purpose of their journey becomes non-existent. It leaves much to be desired. This was an absolutely brilliant concept, but very poorly constructed. It felt very monochromatic to read; a story that started out colorful and interesting, but faded into a boring grey bog. Little life in the story, little emotion, and it left you feeling unfulfilled. If I could go back and unread it, I would. Despite the talent of the author, it felt like nothing more than a waste of time.
ShawnEmily 6 months ago
Great book. Although there were no extreme plot twists and, I guess you could say, there were some predictable parts, the book was fantastically fast paced and relatable for the reader. The author almost uses a stream of consciousness style of writing that keeps a fast pace to the book. The beginning and ending of the story are my favorite parts and they tie in to each other beautifully. Yes, the characters seem type casted and static, but I think that's what the author was going for because as a reader the character is transparent to the reader at their most critical moments. Definitely recommend it!
Anonymous 10 months ago
This is certainly not just another zombie story, and when you think you know where it's headed, things take a turn. Highly recommended.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Wow this book really satisfied me. I couldn't put it down. It was exciting and sad and scarey in all the right places. I love the science in this book, enough to be very believable yet not boring. I love the main character and I got emotionally invested in the side characters as well. Love them or hate them they are all interesting and give much to the story. Loved this book so 5 stars! -Christina Hernandez
Anonymous 12 months ago
Have you heard your english teacher tell you to "show not tell" in your writing? This book is exactly that. The author shows us what's occurring instead of just telling it. An interesting and addicting angle on a popular post-apocalyptic word. Not your stereotypical post-apocalyptic story. Worth a read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the beginning! It is a refreshing theory to the "zombie" apocalypse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never written a review on Barnes and Noble, but for this book, I just had to. It's incredible. Beyond belief. It's in a post-apocalyptic world, and it's a thriller, which is SO not my thing. But this book was worth it. I read it pretty much only because of the cover, and it is now quite high up there on my list of favorites. I am completely blown away.'s so good. Read it. That's all I can say without giving stuff away. Read it. You need to.