The Girl With All The Gifts

The Girl With All The Gifts

eBook - 2014
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Not every gift is a blessing. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks 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. Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, The girl with all the gifts is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Orbit,, 2014.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780316278133
Characteristics: 1 online resource (407 pages)


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An instant immersion book. Captivating characters and dynamics. Fascinating premise.

Nov 05, 2018

plot - "post apocalyptic" "zombies" a fresh take on the old zombie trope. Great characters and plot.

Sep 28, 2017

I like my zombies slow and shambling, like Romero intended. Normally the only talking zombie I can tolerate is Bub from Day of the Dead. That being said, I enjoyed this more than I expected to. The scientist is the villain here, which troubles me a bit. She is ruthless, and makes completely unethical decisions, but I would've actually liked more to be made of the desperate detective search for the cure. All of the characters made choices I didn't really get, but it's a short and fast-paced read that I don't regret picking up.

What's the next gen going to eat once the pods open and do their thing???

Aug 28, 2017

This indie British novel focuses on a young mutated girl, who is, in fact, a highly developed zombie. Taking place in an eerily dystopian but beautiful world, the book really has outdone itself. The protagonist, Melanie, is really sweet and lovable and so is her closest companion, Miss Justineau, her teacher at the military at which she was raised her entire life along with all the other zombie plague-immune children. Bringing fresh life into a genre running dry, and with amazing character development, I would recommend this movie to anyone bored of seeing all the same stuff.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 25, 2017

With its distinctively drawn characters, this creative book gives a fresh twist to the often over-cooked zombie apocalypse genre. I appreciated how the book puts some of the "science" back into "science fiction" by including some interesting and detailed medical science. This is easily the best zombie apocalypse novel that I've read.

ArapahoeJessica May 25, 2017

If you thought zombies were slowly shuffling, flesh eating monsters with rocks for brains, you're in for a surprise!

Some zombies may fit this traditional stereotype... but some can talk. Some can do math problems, recite the periodic table of elements, feel fear and even fall in love. What a great new addition to the zombie canon and answer to the classic question of what it truly means to be human!

forbesrachel Mar 25, 2017

First off you should know that this is not your typical zombie apocalypse story, meaning it will also appeal to those who don't typically read this genre. Melanie is a child. She has spent her whole life imprisoned in her little corner of the world, which includes her cell, her restraint chair, and her classroom in which the lovely teacher Miss Justineau resides. She, and the rest of the children are incredibly brilliant, but have no concept that their life is unusual, that they are different. Melanie's world and mind opens up when she, Miss Justineau, two soldiers, and a hated scientist are forced to flee for their lives, and traverse across an English landscape which is now infested by the hungries. Carey's zombies stand out from the horde of zombie based stories. These are not chemical mutants; Carey uses nature's own zombiefication method, a fungus called cordyceps, which invades and takes controls of host's body before sprouting and spreading. The idea that there could be a fungus that specializes in humans is terrifying in itself. His zombies also stand out because his focus is on the children, why they behave differently than the adult infected, and have a sense of self. Characters are at the heart of this story. They are compelling and complex, and it is fascinating to watch how they react to their situation and each other. The Girl with all the Gifts is an intense read that is more philosophical than frightening, and its unconventional ending will leave you flabbergasted and thoughtful.

Jun 09, 2015

Cross-over fiction, also YA. A good read about post apocalyptic Earth.

Cynthia_N May 14, 2015

Not just another zombie novel! In The Girl with All the Gifts, most of the population has turned into hungrys(zombies) but the scientists that are left have noticed there are a select few who have maintained brain function. They are doing tests and experiments on those. The story that follows in heartwarming, terrifying, and shocking!

KateHillier Oct 12, 2014

Melanie is a very special girl. Her favourite time of day is when she's wheeled out of her cell for lessons and it's Miss Justineau teaching. She's not a fan of the Sergeant, but she mostly sees him rather than hears him. She really doesn't like the doctor and really doesn't like it when her classmates tend to vanish.

From Melanie's point of view, we see a version of the world that the adults are clinging onto. From the adults in the story we see what is really going on and what is really left of that world. That and what makes Melanie and her class so special. You'll figure out what that is in the first ten pages but seeing everyone else tiptoe around it when Melanie is not just your average little girl is almost funny.

It's an interesting story and it's a book you don't want to put down. I don't want to say too much else about it because the less you know the better but if you're still looking for apocalypse literature with a heart, then this book will probably fit the bill just fine.

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