The Girl With All the Gifts (Paperback)

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had visually and viscerally appealing action scenes like one would expect from a zombie book, but it was also psychologically intriguing as it dealt with a zombie child's developing mind and how she comes to perceive and define humanity. The take on zombies, or "hungries," is very original in that it's caused by a mutated fungal strain and interacts with the brain differently than most zombie infections do. The main character is the young zombie girl, and it bounces between her point of view and that of four other characters of various ages and backgrounds. It follows a similar pattern to many other dystopian novels, but the ending is unexpected and yet poetically just. It reminded me of a mix between I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier and the Walking Dead. It was fun, a fast read, and left me wanting to talk about it, so I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes zombie books, dystopias, or complex character studies. -Nicole

— Nicole


The USA Today bestseller

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

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.

The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

About the Author

M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a USA Today bestseller and is a major motion picture based on his BAFTA-nominated screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, two radio plays, and a number of TV and movie screenplays to his credit.

Praise For…

"Original, thrilling and powerful."—The Guardian

"Unique and terrifying."—Booklist

"An instant favorite."—Boing Boing

"A great read that takes hold of you and doesn't let go."—John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

"Heartfelt, remorseless and painfully fresh as it is terrifying. A jewel."—Joss Whedon

"If you only read one novel this year, make sure it's this one, it's amazing."—Martina Cole

"One of the more imaginative and ingenious additions to the dystopian canon."—Kirkus

"...a brilliant work of science fiction, but even people who never read science fiction should absolutely read this one."—
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316334754
ISBN-10: 0316334758
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Pages: 448
Language: English