The Girl With All The Gifts

Paperback | April 28, 2015

byM. R. Carey

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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 Giftsis a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

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TheUSA TodaybestsellerMelanie 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'...

M.R. Carey is a pen name for an established British 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 theNew York Timesgraphic fiction bestseller list. He also ha...

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Format: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

Customer Reviews of The Girl With All The Gifts


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

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