The Girl With All The Gifts – By M. R. Carey

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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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Picking up this book was an interesting case of having seen the movie first and wanting to know more back story, and of course I liked the book better. 🙂

The Girl With All The Gifts is a unique take on the zombie apocalypse story which automatically gave it more points in my book. I liked it that Melanie and the children blurred the lines between what counted as the enemy and what counted as human. Though it would have been interesting to see into the mind’s of the other children, Melanie was still a fantastic narrator.

Having seen the movie first I found it fascinating to see the cast of characters from different perspectives. For instance, while I loved Miss Justineau in the movie, I honestly disliked her in the book. She was irrational to the point of putting others in danger, and not caring. While in the movie her behavior was less so, but also excusable because she was younger. Sergeant Parks was more or less the same in both, but we did get to see why he did and said certain things. Perks of having more than one narrator I suppose. And Dr. Cadwell was also more understandable, again because we could see her point of view.

For me I found the book was far more intense than the movie, and that definitely added to my enjoyment of the story. This book is fast paced and will keep you reading on the edge of your seat the entire time. The plot also made more sense. While I disliked the ending in the movie, it fit so well in the book. And it was really quite bittersweet to see the development of Parks over the whole.

In the end I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

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