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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TheUSA Todaybestseller
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.
M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novelThe Girl With All the Giftswas aUSA Todaybestseller 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 onX-MenandFantastic Four, Marvel's flagship...
Title:The Girl With All The GiftsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:April 28, 2015Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316334758

ISBN - 13:9780316334754


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Would recommend If you are interested in apocalyptic type books, I would definitely recommend. It is of the young adult type genre but was interesting enough for adults and a interesting take.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gets really interesting after the first third Gruesome, suspenseful, disturbing, and unique! I was about to leave the book at a certain point, but I'm glad I stayed with it. The adventure the characters go on is so intense! Highly recommend for people who like dystopian stories, zombies, and thrillers.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! I am not really into sci-fi or zombies but this book was captivating
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from thought provoking Some of the descriptors for this novel include "the most original thriller you will read this year", "heartfelt and painfully human", "so surprising, so warm and yet so chilling". This novel is classed as "science fiction". It is a really good read about human relations and the quest for science and how those lines can and cannot become blurred and the deciding factors that come into play.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooo Good! I'm not normally a zombie-thriller book kind of person but this book was so good! It had so many twists and turns but still maintained a plot that made sense. I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it! This was a really intriguing book! I loved the concept and loved Melanie! I assumed this was YA but I see now that it wasn't. I had some very tiny concerns about content that are now extinguished. :) I loved how you didn't know from the start that Melanie and the other children were 'hungries'. I also love that till the very end you don't know that Melanie is second generation hungry. I had a lot of difficulty with the terminology of this book. I also had some difficulty with the vocab but thankfully my Kobo has a dictionary which helped. I loved Miss Justineau. She was a great character. I was very surprised when she admitted she had killed a child and ran away. But it showed why she was so keen on saving Melanie. I was really sad that Parks and Gallagher died. They were both good men. I'm glad that Melanie wanted a 'funeral' for Gallagher and that she was the one to kill Parks so he never became a hungry. I'm not at all sad that Dr. Caldwell died. She was stuck in the old mindset. Melanie is looking to the future. I'm very interested to learn what the next book is about. :)
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from thought provoking Some of the descriptors for this novel include "The most original thriller you will read this year", "Heartfelt and painfully human" and " surprising, so warm and yet so chilling". This novel was a departure from what I typically read. It was so thought provoking! A novel about human relations and the quest for science and how those lines can and cannot become blurred.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was hoping for a lot more The whole idea of this book was really interesting, and I was excited to read it - unfortunately, it was less interesting and exciting that I thought it'd be. A little disappointed.. it's a good book, but I felt like it could've been so much more!
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting take on the Genre Fascinating Zombie/Dystopia story, well worth the read.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I bought this book because I read online that it was really good. I was a bit hesitant because, with the exception of World War Z, zombies aren't really my thing. I ended up devouring this book though! I read it in a weekend, and couldn't put it down. I found the plot very interesting and fast-paced, and the ending was not what I had expected at the beginning. There are nerve-wracking parts, and parts that are surprisingly scientific. It is written from the perspective of a little girl. If you have read Room, you might remember that that book was written from the perspective of the little boy, but it a way that, while poignant, was a bit juvenile in style/vocabulary. This book isn't like this. The little girl doesn't know much about the real world, so you go through her discovery and thoughts, but it doesn't feel like having a conversation with a 5 year old. I would recommend this book to anyone, even if they are not fans of zombies or sci-fi. Too bad it's so hard to make anyone want to read it once you say the word "zombie"! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down Told through the perspective of a girl, shows the impact of dystopia and the "infected" and struggling to make sense of those around you who distrust who you are. Brilliant book, would highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not what I expected #plumreview I didn’t realize this was a sci-fi book and that is not a genre that I enjoy.
Date published: 2017-10-31
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 Kept me turning the pages This was an interesting look at a dystopian world where you see different reactions to a disastrous "infection". Each of the main characters reacts differently, but they must collaborate to save themselves, so their interactions add to the survival story. I got through it pretty quickly as I wanted to know what happened, but I found the end a bit disappointing. I still give it 4 stars.
Date published: 2015-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! A very well written book, is very descriptive and imaginative. Could not put this book down ... would recommend it to everyone!!!
Date published: 2015-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A story unlike any other This is a story about relationship and rebirth- primarily between a teacher and her student. It is also a story that defines exactly what qualities define a human experience. On a more spiritual level, it is a story of what comes next - how we let go and how we evolve. It is a trip into the heart of a monster; of our worst fears, of being overcome and invaded by that which we are ignorant. There is much to learn here and much to fear.
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Well written. On the edge of your seat entertainment but not too Hollywood. Just the right length. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It has its moments. It starts out strong, then I found it to be mostly slow with strong points littered throughout. I was mostly satisfied with the ending, but then once I realized I was done reading the book, I felt a sense of relief that I wouldn't have to read it anymore. I will not think about this book again.
Date published: 2015-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Awesome story. Not a gore zombie novel. A great story told which kept me turning the pages. Seriously a great read.
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crawling spiders It took a while before I realized what was going on in the camp, but when I did ,I had spiders crawling up and down my back. They made an appearance again in the final chapter.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I really enjoyed the story. It was very original and I did not see the end coming. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2015-01-15
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 Starts With a Bang! I was attracted to this book because of what seemed to be a literary treatment of a paranormal subject matter (don't want to give it away), and that's exactly what I got. The book starts with a bang, and I read the first 5 chapters in one sitting. I find it meandered a little in the middle, but it had a very clever ending!
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best. Story. Ever. I loved this book so much. I couldn't wait to get home from work so I could read more. I was sad when it was over...
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The girl with the gifts. Loved this book. Very original and imagianative.
Date published: 2014-08-19
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The girl with all the gifts Loved this story has a great twist
Date published: 2014-07-06

Editorial Reviews

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