The Girl With All The Gifts Pdf is a Science Fiction novel as well as a Thriller By M.R. Carey.
The Girl With All The Gifts Summary
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 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.
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About M.R. Carey Author of The Girl with All The Gifts Pdf Book
M.R. Carey Author of The Girl With All The Gifts Pdf has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a word-of-mouth bestseller and is now a major motion picture based on his own screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men. His creator-owned series The Unwritten appeared regularly in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, games, radio plays, and TV and movie screenplays to his credit.
The Girl With All The Gifts pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- ASIN : 0356500152
- Publisher : Orbit (January 1, 2014)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 9780356500157
- ISBN-13 : 978-0356500157
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.91 x 1.38 x 6.26 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #7,284 in Ghost Fiction
- #8,939 in Dystopian Fiction
- #15,818 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars 6,737 ratings
The Girl With All The Gifts Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and Suspenseful–Fabulous Book
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2022
An excellent novel about survival and humanity. One of my favorite books about zombies. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is suspenseful, touching, and poignant. An interesting twist on the “final girl” trope.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Zombie Book For People Who Don’t Like Zombie Books
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2020
Zombie apocalypse stories are, at their heart, about the fear of social breakdown. A zombie doesn’t have the internal struggle to contain their own demons that a vampire or werewolf does. At least not traditionally. But M.R. Carey’s The Girl With All The Gifts isn’t a usual zombie story. I guess it’s technically a spoiler to say it’s about zombies at all, but it’s been out for long enough that most people are already familiar with the idea. It introduces us to Melanie, a girl undergoing a strange sort of schooling. Some of it is familiar: there’s a class, a rotating group of teachers (Ms. Justineau is Melanie’s particular favorite), lessons. But the children, when not in school, are locked in cells and collected for class by armed guards (like the harsh Sgt. Parks) who move them into special wheelchairs that restrict their movements at gunpoint. And the members of the class are sometimes wheeled into a medical lab, run by the ruthlessly efficient Dr. Caldwell, never to return.
That Melanie and her classmates are zombies (or “hungries”, as they’re called in the world of the book) is obvious fairly early on. But they aren’t the typical kind: more like the vampire or werewolf, they’re conscious, self-aware, capable of learning and some level of restraint. Obviously this isn’t normal zombie behavior, not even in this world, and the lives of the students are being studied in the desperate hope that finding what makes them different could help lead to a vaccine for the fungal infection underlying the transformation into brainless and violent automatons. All of that is interrupted when the base is attacked by the regular kind of zombies, along with renegade humans that roam the wilderness because they refused to quarantine themselves in cities like most people. Melanie, Justineau, Parks, Caldwell, and a young soldier escape the chaos and set off for the city, but the world outside has dangers they might not be fully prepared for.
The heart of the story is the bond that forms between Melanie and Helen Justineau over the course of the book. Justineau is fond of Melanie from her time in the classroom, and Melanie all but worships the only person she’s ever met who treats her with the slightest bit of kindness. As they’re forced into closer quarters and more dire circumstances, that connection deepens and they become fiercely protective of each other in their own ways. The ways that Caldwell and Parks change (or don’t, significantly) in their feelings about her in their turn reveals their true characters as well. There’s an interesting, compelling adventure story with some quality world-building, but the book is really based in the relationships between people, how they view others, how they cope with the tremendous strain of living in a world so completely decimated by the unexpected.
My criticisms are mostly fairly minor: I think the book is a bit too long, some of the exposition is a bit too clunky, I wanted more of the past life of the characters to fill them out even further. I did appreciate that while the suspense level gets pretty tense, the gore level is relatively minimal for a zombie book (I’m not a fan of gore but found that what was there felt un-gratuitous). That being said, I don’t know that I think this is a book that would be a match for everyone…if you’re not into post-apocalyptic narratives, really can’t deal with any gore at all, or want a super thriller, this probably won’t be your preferred reading experience. But if you’re willing to experiment a little with a book that might be outside your usual comfort zone and think a smart, character-driven take on zombies could be interesting, I’d definitely encourage you to read it. I liked it much more than I thought I would!
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping, even though it’s got zombies in it…Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2018
I hate zombie stories. I really do. They creep me out and make me feel like there is no hope. But I bought this not realising that is exactly what this was. Thank goodness – couldn’t put it down. Loved it – really gripping story, and a great take on the usual zombie trope. Very much a sort of ‘blockbuster’ story, and I can see why it was made into a film, which I will now go and see, and I HATE zombie films. Took off one star because it’s got zombies in it, and I don’t like zombies, but now I’ve put it back because…..
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