At first I was a bit put off that the first title on the Bloggers Book Club list wasn’t free on my Kindle app, but after clicking ‘look inside’ on Amazon and reading the first few pages, I was hooked and was glad to part with my £2.99.
(If you prefer an actual book to hold, the paperback version is currently only £3.85.)
“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.”
As with a great movie, it’s so hard to explain how much I loved this book without giving away the whole story and depriving you of the twists and turns. (Possible spoilers after the video)
Here’s a video to give you a little insight:
Melanie is our protagonist, she is allowed out of her cell for lessons with Miss Justineau and to shower.
Without giving the game away on this book, it’s not what I thought when I started reading. I was convinced something else was going on with the ‘poor kids’ in the cells.
Despite the sometimes stomach churning and gruesome events, the relationship between 10 yr old Melanie and Miss Justineau reminded me very much of that between Matilda and Miss Honey in Roald Dahl’s classic Matilda (minus the telekinetic powers)
I almost don’t want to mention the ‘z-word’ (zombie) for fear of putting some people off a fantastic read. Maybe that’s why M.R Carey uses the word Hungries to describe the ‘enemy’ in The Girl With All The Gifts.
If you are looking for an intriguing page turner, you should give this a try. I felt like I was alongside each of the main characters at some point, sharing their fears, bravery and restraint.
10/10 Thanks for an awesome read and introduction into a new genre, M.R Carey!