The Girl With All The Gifts, M.J.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.

This book was good, although admittedly I wasn’t expecting it to be a post-zombie apocalypse setting! (Especially as you can see from the above blurb, very little is given away to the reader beforehand.) Nevertheless, it was well written and engaging.

The writing style was interesting: it’s not written from just one character’s point of view, although the story tends to centre around the young girl Melanie. Yet, despite this lack of personal opinion, Carey is still able to capture the innocence of Melanie, as well as the characterisation of others. For example, the scientific, calculating mind of Dr Caldwell is still portrayed very well (although this did occasionally slow down the pace of the story). I really liked the characters and how they weren’t flat at all – they all had depth and hidden characteristics. Personally, I think the characters are what makes this book.

However, I didn’t like the ending. In fact, I went past it when I was reading and expected the book to carry on (maybe even another few pages?). It wasn’t as big or impressive as I expected, but perhaps this was deliberate, to make a point? If so, then I didn’t realise it, and still don’t.

In my opinion, this wasn’t one of the best books I have ever read, although not the worst either.



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