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The Girl with All the Gifts

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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.
Paperback, 460 pages
Published June 19th 2014 by Orbit (first published 2014)
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Pamela I can highly recommend Richard Matheson's 'I Am Legend'. Don't let the film put you off. I pretend it never happened.
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Wendy Darling
This is the story of a girl, locked in a room, who is strapped into a chair every morning while a man holds a gun to her head. She’s wheeled into a classroom in which there are other kids strapped into chairs just like hers, where a woman teaches them lessons that they will probably never need to learn.

This book is like a fantastic combination of

the scrupulously researched medical thriller aspects of Mira Grant's Deadline +
the queer, feral curiosity of a child who's not what she seems, like Oct
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Braiden
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karen
argh, another tricky-to-review book.

i think it's safe to discuss the fact that this book is about zombies. that cat is outta that bag. but it's one of those new spins on the zombie-tale, like Raising Stony Mayhall and Zone One and The Reapers are the Angels, where the focus is not "run away from zombies aaaaaahhhh," but one which comes at the zombie story from a social philosophy angle as the survivors struggle with the responsibility of remaining human and redefining humanity in a world in whi
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Regan
A little different than what I was expecting but still great!
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Buddy read with the moistest awesome... My drinking buddy Mitchell, Kelly Goldblum and The Book pusher Ed

I had this review all planned out in my head. Then I went to sleep and it's gone. Getting old sucks, kids.

This may be kinda spoilery so read at your own caution. It's hard to not say anything about the book. I went into it blind and that might be the best way to head into it. I didn't even realize it was a zombie book-and don't get me wrong I likes some zombies but I've kinda taken a break
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Trudi
Despite the gushing praise this book has been receiving -- including a blurb by Josh Whedon -- I approached The Girl With All the Gifts with a fair amount of trepidation. I'm a zombie traditionalist at heart, which means my foray into "experimental" zombie fiction -- literary or otherwise -- has met with mixed results. I normally don't like my zombies to talk, fall in love or have existential crises. Hell, I don't even want my zombies to run; I'm all about the Romero shuffle (though there was so ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“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.”

Melanie has been a prisoner for a long time. All of her days are the same. Guards come to her cell, strap her securely into a chair and wheel her down the hall . . . . to a classroom? Obviously Melanie isn’t your av
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Maggie Stiefvater
The most sure-footed novel I've read all year. A dystopian thriller with a real, beating heart. Recommend. Recommend. Recommend.

Amanda
When Joss Whedon says, "read this," I heed the call.

Only 10 years old, Melanie is brimming with curiosity about the world and unabashedly enthusiastic about school. Blessed with a genius intellect, a kind heart, and a love of mythology, it's easy to fall in love with the precocious protagonist of The Girl With All the Gifts. However, despite these gifts, the world is very afraid of Melanie--every morning, two armed guards arrive at her cell, strap her by the legs, arms, and neck to a wheelchair,
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Jareed
The Girl with All the Gifts is the book with all the treats.

Deciding what to have for supper was a subtle battle of attrition. The fact that Pasta won is a victory I could have lived with. Working within the defined limits of cooking, I prepared everything that was needed, left the Pasta boiling, and waited. Everything was going smoothly, almost asking, begging, that something go wrong, just as it does every time I walk into this alien dimension called kitchen. I should have stuck there, waited
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/201...

I confess, I’m not very good when it comes to pulling information out of book descriptions. But all I know is, when I first heard about The Girl with All The Gifts, it piqued my interest right away. Here you have a story about a bright young girl named Melanie, who for some reason everyone seems deathly afraid of. Being held at gun-point while being strapped into a wheelchair just to go to class? Judging by level of parano
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Carol.
Aug 16, 2014 Carol. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: apocalypse fans
One mark of a great book is how it plays with reader expectations. The strategy of taking a conventional genre story and turning it sideways often works. Sometimes it can fail, coming across as little more than a clever gimmick. But sometimes it succeeds beyond imagining, particularly in the hands of an author with talent like Carey’s. The Girl With All the Gifts uses lovely prose to explore the growth of ten year old Melanie, a child of the apocalypse who seems to be shuttled between a cell, a ...more
Jenna
Buddy Read with the lovely Anasylvia :)

I must admit that I went into this read blind...completely blind. I had no earthly idea what it was about but I noticed the high ratings and I was a bit intrigued by the title. Had I known the genre, I would have avoided it at all costs and that may be the reason why the synopsis is slowly revealed throughout the book.

I absolutely loved the build up of the story and throughout most of the book, I wanted to know what would be revealed next. I found this book
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Susan
To be fair to this book, it is not really the sort of thing I would normally read – however, it was chosen by my book club and the initial description looked quite promising. Melanie is ten and, when we meet her, she is in a base – her entire world consisting of her cell, a corridor, a shower room and a classroom. Five days a week, Melanie is strapped into a wheelchair, fastened securely and wheeled into the classroom where she, and her fellow classmates are taught. Melanie is a bright and engag ...more
Mr. Matt
I knew next to nothing about this book other than it was lighting up Goodreads with very positive reviews. I decided to give it a shot. It is the story of a very special little girl, Melanie, and her flight from a government compound after it collapses. It is also my vote for best book of 2014.

This book avoids all of the zombie apocalypse ruts that make survival horror (sometimes) a bit of a chore to read. Yes, there are rogue bands of survivors who are, in many ways, worse than the infected, b
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Faye, la Patata
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This was a beautiful book.

And that's kinda a weird thing to read, considering what we're talking about here is a zombie book. I mean, how can a book with flesh-eating abominations be deemed"beautiful"? We usually consider anything with zombies (or walkers, if you're a Walking Dead fan) full of gore and rotting mouths biting into human meat, blood spraying all over. We associate books in this subgenre with action scenes and bloodb
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Phrynne
I'm giving this book three stars because I did enjoy reading it. However it did not live up to all its hype as being the best break out novel of the year or some such. I read somewhere that it started life as a short story and then was expanded into a book. The premise of the story certainly deserved more than a short story to tell it fully, but it did not warrant 406 pages. As a consequence, although the beginning and the end are good, it drags badly in the middle with far too much attention be ...more
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
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Merna
This deserves a highly praised review from me. MUST-FIGHT-BACK-MY- LAZINESS.
Anna
The novel draws you in to 10 year old Melanie's strange world through her narrative voice. Carey presents Melanie as innocent, alone and vulnerable, struggling to balance the cold and hostile environment she regards as home, with her yearning for love and recognition. Carey controls the reveal skilfully, as Melanie and the reader learns of Melanie's past and the reality she finds herself in.

Thereafter, the narrative branches out into a variety of perspectives. I have to say I am not normally a r
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Jennifer
★★★★½
Do you like post-apocalyptic/dystopian stories? Do you like horror? Do you like science fiction (that is heavy on the science)? Do you like thrillers? Then try this book! Oh...Did I mention it's about zombies?
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The Girl with All the Gifts is a standalone novel written by author M.R. Carey (Mike Carey). Honestly, I did not expect much from this book. The overall rating on goodreads seemed pretty non-enthusiastic, and I didn't know anything about this book going into it- I don't know why but I
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Debbie "DJ" Wilson
I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley.

This book was quite the coincidence for me. Recently I had donated to scientific research being done on parasitic ants, termed zombie ants. These ants are acquiring a fungus that takes over their brain forcing them to eat the very thing that kills them. This book is an incredible look at what could happen to humans with a fungal infection and is a very " hold on to your seat" read. The blurb about this book
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Carmen
Jan 27, 2015 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror fans
Recommended to Carmen by: LTWF
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Stacey (prettybooks)
The Girl with All the Gifts was another book I bought because everyone was raving about it. (I promise I don't just read books everyone else loves, but I do hate missing out!). It's a positive sign that I read it shortly after buying because it usually takes months to years before I finally get around to reading a particular book from my teetering bookshelves. I purposely avoided knowing too much about The Girl with All the Gifts before starting, although I don't think this is necessary to enjoy ...more
Becky
When I first heard of this book, I remember thinking that the description reminded me of Bernard Beckett's Genesis, at least as far as the school thing, and I wasn't sure whether I'd like it (since I wasn't a huge fan of Genesis)... but this book has gotten really good reviews, so I was willing to take the chance. And it did not disappoint.

...But before I get into that, just my standard I'm-about-to-rambletype-and-feel-I-should-warn-for-potential-spoilers spiel: If you don't want to see possibl
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Melissa
I'm torn about this one. On one hand, although I loved the premise, I wasn't terribly interested in any of the characters except for Melanie. There are a lot of things that happen that seem incredibly inconsistent, particularly towards the end of the book & particularly concerning Dr. Caldwell (view spoiler) ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
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Tabitha (Pabkins)
High impact action with just as much emotional punch!

The Girl with All the Gifts was definitely not what I expected and exactly what I needed. I’ve been in such a reading slump for the past few months that while everything sounded good nothing could capture me. In a way this books very vague description gave it even more of an edge. If you haven’t read this already and you are considering reading it I advise stay far away from reviews with spoilers because it will ruin so much of the experience
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Richard
9.5/10

I didn’t know a great deal about this book when I received it, I read a glowing review of this but then when I went to look for that review I was unable to find it so I’d forgot the overall idea of this book. When I started it and can say I was a little less than enthusiastic with the idea of another novel about “a world gone to shit” but this was different to any other book out there on the market I would guess and, unlike the title suggests, is not about a spoilt brat at Christmas.

The p
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Thomas
4.5 stars

People often value confidence in potential partners. After reading The Girl with All the Gifts, I think that preference might ring true for books as well. As I read M.R. Carey's novel, I kept admiring the backbone and certainty of his writing: even while crafting a character-driven dystopian/zombie/survivor thriller, his prose maintained an amazing, adrenaline-filled poise.

M.R. Carey's first novel revolves around Melanie, a young girl who goes to class every morning restrained in a whee
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Mike Carey is the acclaimed writer of Lucifer and Hellblazer (now filmed as Constantine). He has recently completed a comics adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, and is the current writer on Marvel's X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four. He has also written the screenplay for a movie, Frost Flowers, which is soon to be produced by Hadaly Films and Bluestar Pictures.

Also writes as Mike Carey
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“you can't save people from the world. There's nowhere else to take them.” 59 likes
“Melanie thinks: when your dreams come true, your true has moved. You've already stopped being the person who had the dreams, so it feels more like a weird echo of something that already happened to you a long time ago.” 37 likes
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