The Girl With All the Gifts

The Girl With All the Gifts

by M. R. Carey
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The Girl With All The Gifts 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
And well written. I had not read any reviews so didnt know anything about it. I really liked it but only read it in the daylight. Not sure why! Just bought new book Fellside by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting into this story. The reviews lead me to expect something different then I got. Zombies. I won't say anything more because some people might like this story. I have a rule about books. If I am not into the story by fifty pages I quit reading. When I have broken the rule and finish the book I am always disappointed and feel like I wasted my time. I broke the rule and finished it . Wish I had not broke the rule.
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!!  
Anonymous 20 days ago
Loved this read - especially enjoyed watching the movie afterwards.
Caroles_Random_Life 4 months ago
Wow! This was a bit of a surprise for me. I don't really know why it was a surprise since I have heard wonderful things about it but it was. I guess I went into this book thinking that I would probably like it but I had no idea how much I would end up enjoying it. Once I started listening, I was hooked and I wanted to know more about Melanie. I spent hours at a time listening to this book and enjoyed the experience immensely. This is a zombie story that I will not be forgetting anytime soon. This book is told from Melanie's point of view. She is a very bright girl but her experience at the start of the story has been very limited. I really enjoyed seeing the world she know through her eyes. Melanie's entire existence is limited to her cell and her classroom. She knows the rules and how things are supposed to be. She knows exactly what to expect from day to day. Melanie was a fantastic character. I would never have imagined that she would turn out to be so easy to relate to but she was. I loved the way she worked out problems in her mind and how observant she was of everything going on around her. She was able to work things out very quickly and made the people she was around re-think some of their beliefs. All of the key characters in this book were really well developed and added something important to the overall story. I thought that Finty Williams did a fantastic job narrating this book. This was the first time that I have listened to her narration and I wasn't sure of her voice as the book first began. I was over any reservations that I initially had pretty quickly and her voice became Melanie's voice. I thought her voice was very pleasant and she brought a lot of excitement to the story. I was able to listen to this story for hours at a time and never tired of her narration. I would highly recommend this book to others. It is a different kind of zombie story that was highly entertaining and hard to put down. I would not hesitate to read more of M.R. Carey's work in the future.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Couldn't put it down
juicedbooks 10 months ago
This book turns your ideas about zombies upside down. What might seem like horror is actually science fiction as Carey describes Melanie, a sweet little girl who’s being held under study in one of the last human strongholds in a world that has been taken over by zombies. When the settlement is attacked, Melanie leaves under the care of two weary soldiers, a loving teacher, and a doctor who wants to dissect Melanie to learn more about the zombie pathogen that has almost destroyed the human race. The book is fast paced, but the violence never gets repetitive. As the group of survivors moves through England, the reader gains sympathy for Melanie, calling into question the importance of the human race and what it means to really be human. Is it our DNA that makes us human, or is it our empathy? The science aspect of the book puts it over the top. The pseudo-science is believable and results in a twist at the end that leaves the reader thinking. It’s not clear whether Melanie is considered human at the conclusion or if the humans receive a happy ending, but it’ll leave you a little more engaged the next time you watch The Walking Dead.
kmwga 11 months ago
WHAT A WASTE - of time, publishing and everything else used to get this claptrap to the reading public. I live to read and read to live - once I start reading something I go to the end, always expecting something good to come of the pile of words. This failed in all categories - interest, quality, worth the effort of reading. Don't bother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. Definitely better than the movie. I read the book first and was let down when I saw it the film. I felt like they left out key points. Zombies have been done so many times but this book has a unique twist that makes it worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is there a sequel?
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Cross Justin Cronin’s The Passage with William Golding’s Lord Of The Flies perhaps; see a broken world through the eyes of a broken child; see the future through eyes of the past’s mistakes, and you’ll have something close to M. R. Carey’s The Girl With All The Gifts. It’s a horror story filled with human flaws and purity of heart. Its characters are so achingly real you wonder if you would shoot them or run with them. Good guys, bad guys, innocents and guilty are all here, and a story of the world revolves around the story of a child. Carey’s novel is filled with detail and humanity. It never plays for a guilt trip; just offers a view of what might be, and of choices too cruel to contemplate, then invites the reader into the characters' lives. How many can be sacrificed to save the many? How few should be sacrificed to save the human soul? And how can humanity survive an extinction event? Pandora’s box contained good as well as evil, and this quest for the release of good in evil times is a beautiful tale of heart, soul and human decency. It’s gory. It’s scary. It’s haunting. And it’s hauntingly wonderful. Disclosure: I borrowed it from my son.