The Girl With All The Gifts | M.R. Carey (Review)

Paperback, 460 pages
Published June 19th 2014 by Orbit (first published January 14th 2014)
ISBN 0356500152 (ISBN13: 9780356500157)
Edition Language English
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.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

This book is so hard to review because I feel like going into this book as ignorant as possible is a good thing. I can’t remember the last time I picked up a book with having little to no information about it. This one just struck me though and I was extremely curious. I was also completely off about what I thought the plot was going to be.

Because there is a good reason the author and publisher played their cards close to the vest with this one I’m going to do my best to tell you what I thought of this book without giving too much away.

I’m not even sure if I would have picked up this book had I known what it’s about I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. It’s not a subject matter that I I’ve ever read about but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. There was a bit of a twist that made it even more interesting.

It’s full on and intense pretty much right from the get go and has you worried throughout. Amid all the action though it will absolutely pull on your heartstrings. There were a few times where I audibly sighed or said awe as my heart was breaking for Melanie.

It takes quite a while for any kind of characterization to happen and I remember thinking well sure the action is great and all but it takes quite a while to get to any kind of explanation on why most of the characters are the way that they are. Little by little bits of their pasts are revealed and you get a better sense of who they are but there’s still a lot left to your imagination.

There’s quite a bit of scientific explanation and terminology throughout the book and while it’s not completely overbearing I found myself being a bit confused at times. Science and I don’t get a long that well in that my brain reads something and goes cool I don’t know what that means and then gives up trying to understand it. I’m only half joking. So while it’s interesting I think I did end up missing little chunks of those parts of the book because I was a bit confused.

The end of the book tapered off a little bit and I felt like the ending was quite abrupt. I kept thinking all of these things were going to happen and then suddenly I had twenty pages left and was like oh well what was the point of that thing? There were so many things that had been built up and I felt like we never got any answers about a lot of those things. It does however leave the door wide open for a sequel although I’m not sure if that was his intention.

The good far outweigh any of the bad in this book. It sucks you in right from the beginning and hits you where it counts through the entire book. You almost feel like right as you can take a breath something else happens and you’re right back to the intensity that the novel carries. It definitely won’t be a book for everyone but I would absolutely recommend this book to most people.


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