Ahoy there me mateys!
the girl with all the gifts (M.R. Carey)
This book was a terrific sci-fi thriller that once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. The story stars Melanie, a brilliant young girl that everyone is terrified of. I could get into the whys of it, but of course then the discovery would be spoiled. Though I wish I could discuss all the details with ye because I loved it so.
Let us just say that the book is a post-apocalyptic novel set in the United Kingdom. The story is told from multiple points of view. The main character is weird, surprising, interesting, and thoughtful. All the characters were extremely well written. My opinions of them kept shifting throughout the book which was awesome. Part of that was the plot and the other part was when due to the switch of getting another character’s perspective. Melanie’s relationship with Ms. Justineau seems to be the heart of the story. Though this story has love, it is certainly no picnic. And the ending just about broke my heart. Wonderful magical ending but so not what I expected. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book if you haven’t. It’s just that good.
Side note: It’s being made into a film. Who knew . . .
Amazon has this to say about the novel:
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.
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