The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. CareyThe Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey

The Girl With All The Gifts

byM. R. Carey

Paperback | April 28, 2015

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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 bite, but they don't laugh.

The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.
M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a USA Today bestseller and is a major motion picture based on his BAFTA-nominated screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's f...
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Title:The Girl With All The GiftsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:April 28, 2015Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316334758

ISBN - 13:9780316334754

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved this book i loved the book but do not recommend the movie.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Such promise...but falls short This was one of those “see the movie trailer, buy the book” pickups for me. I know, not always the best way to find a book. Unfortunately it didn’t pay-off in the end. The premise sounds good... a dystopian future in which most of humanity is wiped out by a fungal infection and special infected children who may provide a cure. The book centers around the relationship between one such child, Melanie and her teacher Miss Justineau. It had the promise of new take on the typical zombie genre but in the end I found the characters to be very flat, not terribly interesting and the book itself a chore to read. While the book was exceptionally creepy at times, I did struggle to finish it, which I suppose is saying something. Not sure I can recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising I wasn't sure what to expect when picking up this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I don't normally read apocalyptic horror novels and this is ultimately what The Girl with All the Gifts was about. It very much covered the recurring themes in any zombie/undead story (major attacks and narrow escapes) such as The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, and World War Z. I found myself picturing the story as it were a movie, since I've never read such a thing before. It was a perfect mixture of science-y explanations for the spread and a tale of escape and survival.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected in a Good Way When I bought this book I didn't really read anything about it and was immediately sucked in after the first chapter. It wasn't what I was expecting (though I'm not sure what I was expecting) and really thought provoking as well.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much Better than the Movie (Which Was Pretty Good!) The book is much more nuanced than the movie. Definitely a twist on the zombie genre.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Start but Disappointing Overall The Girl With All the Gifts is a decent story. It starts off with a very good premise but devolves into a stock post-apocalyptic zombie tale as it continues. What saves it from being a 2-star book is a couple of main characters from the cast and some new takes on a stale genre.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected and Thought Provoking This novel provides a new look on a rather overplayed genre. The characters are endearing and well-thought out, their motivations clear. The plot keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat, dying to read more and figure out the mystery. It's the kind of book where the ending leaves you wondering if it was a happy ending or not.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not what i expected Did not expect this to be a sci-fi book but I still enjoyed it
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind Blown When I bought this book, I wasn't expecting a zombie apocalypse plot, but it was simply so much more than just that, and I fell in love with the story-telling and realistically subtle ending
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Before reading this book, I had some expectation and this book did not let me down. I read it in two days, the story is pretty good.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good! This was a pretty good book! The beginning was definitely the most intriguing and unique. Later, the book had similar themes to many other zombie movies/shows. However, the difference was that this book was written from the viewpoint of a child - without being simplistic. The book portrayed a more pure and innocent view of the zombie apocoloypse, as opposed to a scorned view of the world.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Zombies? I really liked this book. Honestly, the recommendation from Joss Whedon on the cover was what made me read it, and I'm so glad I did. Really cool new twist on "Zombies" and now I can't wait to watch the movie!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very enjoyable read This is pretty good, a lot of the same themes as in most zombie novels but dealt with in a more subtle way. Also very well written and engaging
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Girl With All The Gifts Not what I expected out of the book, but it was enjoyed.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This was a nice change from the usual zombie narrative, yet still giving a nod to some of the traditional tropes somehow. Was a quick read for me and I can definitely see why people want it as a movie.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Yay, more zombies... Started off really fun, a unique take on the zombie genre. But it quickly devolved into your typical "on the run, hiding from zombies" fare. I had to force myself to finish it. But the beginning really was amazing, I loved it. Which made everything afterwards so disappointing...
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad This book wasn't hard to get through but it wasn't what I expected at all. I thought it'd be more of an action packed plot but it was pretty slow. I didn't care much for any of the characters either. You might like this if you're looking for a different take on the zombie apocolypse.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected This book was good but not what I expected it to be.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! A fresh take on the zombie apocalypse, I couldn't see where it was going until it got there.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this too The characters are well developed and easy to empathize with, but there's lots of action and the plot moves quickly.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES! Read this! This book. This book! I finished last night and had to hug it out and think about what I had just read. The ending was perfection. Perfection! I picked up this book and had no ideal it was a post-apocalyptic thriller. Zombies? More like hungries! It was beyond what I expected. This just moved to my top favorite fiction novels. Melanie, a child, no older than 10 maybe, is very different, a special kind of child, test subject number 1. Her brain is a sponge, picking up on all kinds of information and remembering every details. She’s a brilliant child, a genius. Her personally, it shine’s and people around her learn to trust her with time, but should they? It didn’t take me long to completely fall in love with her, but Melanie’s love? None other than for her teacher Miss Justineau, her hero and savior. Can there be more out there then Melanie’s cell and Miss J? I highly recommend this book as I enjoyed every bit of it. Happy reading!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My favourite book this year! It's hard to write a review for this book! I just feel like everyone should read it, well written and it's a page turner wanting to know what happens to Melanie! READ IT! You won't be disappointed
Date published: 2014-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gifted to say the least The ending of a story (or any part for that matter) can make or break a book. In "The Girl With All the Gifts," the ending completed this one small chapter in the zombie apocalypse that M.R. Carey has created, yet leaving plenty of room for the story to grow with sequels I hope will come. I will admit the middle dragged on a little longer than I liked. There were times it felt very typical of a zombie novel but the overall plotting, character-driven narrative, and sprinkled revelations, elevated it from 3-stars to a 4-star rating. We all might have seen videos of Ophiocordyceps invading an ant's brain, causing it to climb a plant and die while it sprouts out of its host. It is downright horrifying but it is wondrous in the scheme of evolution and parasitic relationships. And M.R. Carey hit jackpot by using this very fungi as the basis for the Breakdown, the outbreak that wiped out most of Earth's population. Only pockets of humanity, on the grid or rogue junkers, are left behind, together with a whole lot of hungries. Hungry for human flesh. Hungry without any control of their senses and being, except for Melanie, a special girl with all the gifts. Comparisons to one of my favourite books of all time, "Never Let Me Go," are apt. Their thought-provoking storylines about what makes us human isn't overshadowed by their dystopian context, and while Ishiguro's masterpiece stays more on the philosophically literary route, "The Girl With All the Gifts" provides the emotional grit of a thrilling horror story that could easily be made for the big screen or TV box.
Date published: 2014-07-23

Editorial Reviews

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