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.
My rating- 5.0/5.0
And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both. Everything is always both. But you have to open it to find that out.-M.R.Carey, The Girl With All The Gifts.
Believe me when I say that this is the most memorable and intriguing book I have read in a long time. Now I don’t usually read science fiction.Why? I honestly don’t know. I should really read more of it because this book was freaking amazing.
The story is from the perspective of Melanie a ten year old blond girl. Through her we get to learn that this a world set post the “Breakdown” when millions of people got infected and the infection spread like crazy with the government not being able to handle the situation. The infected people became the ‘hungries’ triggered by the smell and presence of humans on whom they feast.
However the infected children were very different from the adult ones. They possessed a humane nature and an understanding of what’s happening which was missing in their adult counterparts. This partial immunity of the children to the fungus brought the idea of a possibility of a cure to the scientists.
This is book is definitely not a short one but I just couldn’t stop reading it and finished it in one day. Did it hurt my back siting in the chair all day? Of course it did but I don’t regret one bit of it. You know why, because this book is pure gold. It is definitely not one of the common zombie apocalypse books the story is engaging and keeps you hooked till the very last page.
I loved the rhythm and the pace that the story followed. It was neither too rushed nor slow. My favorite thing was the raw honesty and the sense of urgency evident in the writing which was crucial is setting the feel of the story
The characters were almost real. Each had their own flaws and thier own logic justifying their mistakes and judgement just as we justify own own mistakes making them very relatable. I absolutely adored Melanie. Though she is one of the hungry kid supposed to be “inhumane and emotionless” by Dr. Caldwell, the girl has the most humane nature and qualities than any of “the real humans” in the story.
The Girl With All The Gifts truly deserved every bit of the 5 stars I gave it. Did I tell you I loved it?
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I have been social distancing myself for about a week now. I am just reading loads of books in this free time. What are you doing in this period of self isolation?