The Girl With All the Gifts [NOOK Book]

Overview

The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.
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 ...
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The Girl With All the Gifts

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Overview

The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.
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.
Melanie is a very special girl.

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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.

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

"The story of Melanie and the people around her is so thoughtfully crafted, so heartfelt, remorseless and painfully human, that it takes the potentially tired trope of the zombie apocalypse and makes it as fresh as it is terrifying. The story spirals towards a conclusion so surprising, so warm and yet so chilling, that it takes a moment to realize it's been earned since the first page, and even before. It left me sighing with envious joy, like I'd been simultaneously offered flowers and beaten at chess. A jewel."—Joss Whedon

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

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: 6/10/2014
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 6,767
  • File size: 713 KB

Meet the Author

M.R. Carey is an established writer of prose fiction and comic books. 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 graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels and one Hollywood movie screenplay to his credit.
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  • Posted June 19, 2014

    I admit I read a couple of reviews of this book before I began r

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    It was a good read

    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

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Should i

    Should i read im only 10 years old.
    Really i mean its only a free book

    2 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    New take on an old genre

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Not really anither Not really another zombie novel

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    if you read one zombie novel: MAKE IT THIS ONE!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    It grabbed me right away-

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    I received this book free from Net Galley and Orbit in exchange

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2014

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    I thought it was brilliant. The character of Melanie was so real

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Freaky kind of

    Am an 11 year old an dfreaked out when read. It was amazing, but still SUPER freaky i dont reccommend letting anyone my age read it am still shaking

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    I was the first

    Loved it

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    Not just a zombie novel.

    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.

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

    I loved this book!!  I hope there is mote to the story, I want t

    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!!  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Number duece!

    Love love it it was a very good read

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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