The Girl with all the Gifts
Released June 19, 2014
I received an eARC from the publisher.
Science Fiction (anything more would be kind of spoilerish)
NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING
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 is a very special girl.
Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.
It’s not often that I give Fernando a play-by-play of a book I’m reading. Normally I don’t think he would have any interest in my YA female-led fantasy and dystopian books, so I only tell him what my books are about if he asks. But this book… this book! I couldn’t not tell him about it, giving him a near blow-by-blow play of the plot (he’s not a spoilerphobe like me and didn’t intend to read it) as I made my way through The Girl with All the Gifts. This book is fascinating.
I didn’t know much about the book before I started reading it. I honestly thought the gifts in question would be more along the X-Men sort, so as I picked up the hints of Melanie’s true nature and the world she inhabits, I started getting this stupid giddy smile on my face. Carey surprised me from beginning to end, never going the route I thought he would. Plus Melanie is a fascinating character, fully formed and three dimensional despite being a small child. Her mother-figure in the form of one of her teachers is equally as complex and complicated though in a totally different way.
SPOILERS ON THE BASIC NATURE OF THE BOOK AHEAD