The Girl With All the Gifts

The Girl With All the Gifts

Book - 2014
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The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.
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.
Melanie is a very special girl.

Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2014.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9780316278157
0316278157
Characteristics: 407 p.

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Mandyandme
Jan 06, 2018

I am a life-long avid reader. This book, however, was the greatest waste of time, ever! I would rather spend 3 days reading the classified ads in the newspaper than throw away my time on this book. It droned on and on and on with the same scenarios, etc. It was boringly monotonous, to say the least. If you have done everything in life that you've ever wanted to do, and have multitudes of time to waste, then go ahead and read this book.

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danielestes
Dec 21, 2017

A kind of mashup of The Passage and Station Eleven. The worldbuilding is a little thin, but it's hard to notice because of a few well-placed descriptions and a pace that very rarely allows you to catch your breath.

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JBFARRELL
Dec 05, 2017

I am a fan of this author. He has written a broad range of books, the Felix Castor series, and Fellside which are entirely different but do involve the supernatural and the City of Silk and Steel which is a sort of middle eastern fantasy. I generally dislike the zombie genre.

This book falls within the zombie genre and can be considered a YA book as the main protagonist is a young girl and a sort of zombie. I enjoyed it immensely. Mike Carey seems to be able to take any sort of genre, people it with complex characters and twist the genre enough to make the story new and interesting.

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hollymassie
Nov 24, 2017

Enjoyed this unique take on the zombie genre. Great character development. Recommend

BostonPL_LauraB Oct 25, 2017

I was definitely intrigued by this in parts, but overall it just felt boring and quite similar to (in most ways) to other Zombie novels or TV shows. I didn't care too much whether characters died or lived, and I think they could have been written better to make the reader feel more emotion and less detached from the whole story.

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extremelylara
Sep 19, 2017

I really loved this book. If zombie apocalypse is your preferred genre, this ticks all the boxes.

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ryner
Aug 19, 2017

Each morning, Melanie arises from the bed in her locked cell, and is bound head, hand and foot, and wheeled with children from the other cells under armed guard to her favorite place, the classroom. There, if it's a good day, the teacher will be Miss Justineau, and instead of merely receiving their lessons in math, history or geography, Miss Justineau will read to them poetry or mesmerizing stories from ancient mythology. When several of her classmates disappear and never return following a number of disturbing incidents, Melanie starts to suspect that the unknown world outside her prison isn't what it seems...and that neither is she.

Highly recommended, even if you are weary of the zombie apocalypse genre and believe you are well over that literary phenomenon. It's worth it.

AL_ALICIA Jul 11, 2017

Zombies aside, this was a great story with remarkably well developed characters. The action and anticipation had me on the edge of my seat, flying through chapters while the characters provoked questions about ethics and what it is to be human long after I closed the book. A great read for adults and teens alike.

I was captivated from page one and really enjoyed the author's unique take on the zombie genre. The characters are multi-faceted and I'm still talking about the ending a month later! A great read to lose yourself in.
~Alexa

tarauaine Jun 08, 2017

A vivid read. A new variation on the zombie genre, through the eyes of children.

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Growing up and growing old. Playing. Exploring. Like Pooh and Piglet. And then like the Famous Five. And then like Heidi and Anne of Green Gables. And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both. Everything is always both.
But you have to open it to find that out.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“It’s like before the Breakdown people used to spend their whole lives making cocoons for themselves out of furniture and ornaments and books and toys and pictures and any kind of shit they could find. As though they hoped they’d be born out of the cocoon as something else.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Every adult grew from a kid who beat the odds. But at different times, in different places, the odds have been appallingly steep.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“the horror of the unknown is more frightening than any horror you can understand”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“The truth is the truth, the only prize worth having. If you deny it, you’re only showing that you’re unworthy of it.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“It’s not just Pandora who had that inescapable flaw. It seems like everyone has been built in a way that sometimes makes them do wrong and stupid things.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both. Everything is always both. But you have to open it to find that out.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Melanie thinks: when your dreams come true, your true has moved. You've already stopped being the person who had the dreams, so it feels more like a weird echo of something that already happened to you a long time ago.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“You can't save people from the world. There's nowhere else to take them.”

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nab1991
Dec 11, 2014

In an age of rust, she comes up stainless steel.

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kaylamerkel
Aug 24, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: some chase scenes, some graphic descriptions of science experiments on people, gore

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kaylamerkel
Aug 24, 2016

Violence: your basic blood, guts, & horror

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kaylamerkel
Aug 24, 2016

Coarse Language: not excessive, but it's there

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kaylamerkel
Aug 24, 2016

kaylamerkel thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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DreamerDreamsOn
Jan 28, 2016

DreamerDreamsOn thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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albrown40
Jul 24, 2016

This is a different type of thriller that has a unique take on what happens when all the resources on the earth are used up and what everyone does to survive.

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