Friday, 3 November 2017

Review: The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks 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.

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I got this book from my Broke and Bookish Secret Santa last year, so first of all I want to thank her again for this wonderful gift!

I didn't know more than the blurb at the back of the book when I picked it up and I believe that's the best way to read it. On Goodreads it's classified as horror and I really don't care for horror movies or books so I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I wouldn't describe it as horror at all but it's definitely a thriller. 

We follow Melanie, a very smart 10-year-old, who was just a fantastic protagonist. We do get a lot more perspectives than hers alone. All the characters are well developed and relatable to some degree (some more than others). I understood the drive and meaning of every character even though I couldn't stand some of them. It makes this science fiction story very realistic.

The world was crafted really well. Carey uses a lot of scientific explanations to describe the world and the changes which occurred. This gives it depth and once more makes the story more believable. 

I don't want to give any spoilers and since it's best to read it without knowing too much, I'm going to say more. Just read it!

The only remark I might have is that the ending felt quite sudden to me and I just wanted more!

I highly recommend this novel! If you are expecting a real horror book, you might be disappointed but if you read it as a science fiction thriller, you won't be disappointed! 5 stars!

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  1. I wouldn't have known what the book was about looking at the cover, but than I heard some reviews on it and thought it sounded interesting

  2. I liked the book but was a bit disappointed by the film. Glenn Close was great in it though.

    1. I just watched the first part of the movie and I really didn't like it either! :( Glenn Close is always great, though!