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The Boy on the Bridge

(The Girl With All the Gifts #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  20,897 ratings  ·  2,758 reviews
Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.

The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.

To where the monsters lived.
ebook, 369 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Orbit
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Rex As someone who has read - and loved - both books, I highly recommend reading The Girl first. You will miss out on a lot of interesting details if you …moreAs someone who has read - and loved - both books, I highly recommend reading The Girl first. You will miss out on a lot of interesting details if you start with The Boy. However, I consider it a companion more than a sequel.(less)
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Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best horror! what will happen?

the bleak philosophy of the post-apocalyptic world:

…he doesn’t see what’s so great about leaving your mark on things. You have a life and then it ends and you’re dead. Living it is the point, not proving to other people that you were there. The whole thing is really just water pouring down a plughole, but that’s absolutely fine. Standing water gets stagnant.

i’m sure this is something i knew and just forgot in the period
Always Pouting
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the same world as The Girl With All The Gifts , this one follows a group of soldiers and scientists traveling out from London to find anything they can that will help create a cure to the plague. The story is taking place before The Girl With All The Gifts and so a lot of the information that we have on the plague hasn't been found out yet. The team is traveling on the Rosalind Franklin, Rosie for short, and tracking down cache's made by an earlier expedition to see if any of the envir ...more
Miranda Reads
The beginning and end - simply stunning. The middle - a giant cesspool of infected matter

Thank goodness that the plot holes from the first book (The Girl with All the Gifts) were patched and filled in. And I was delighted that the hopeless-ending from the first book was wrapped up beautifully in this book's epilogue. For that alone, the book gets 3-stars but that middle? Completely ruined the novel.


It was the same as the first novel. Between the similar narration and the overlapping plot
بهنام حاجی‌زاده
As the translator of the Persian edition, it was an honor to be able to read the proof copy and I enjoyed every word of it. Well, to be honest I was disappointed that I couldn't read more about Melanie, but the cast of characters, if not as diverse as the Girl with All the Gifts (though with more characters), was amazingly put.

The main character, Stephen, an autistic but brilliant boy; a bunch of soldiers (remember poor Gallagher and Parks!); and the science team. As always, I relished the char
The Girl With All the Gifts easily became one of my five-star reads of 2014, the year I read it. But I hesitated to pick up this chronological 'prequel' because I couldn't see how Carey could recapture the fabulous combination of innocence, self-discovery, world-building, and disaster that characterized the first book. Sadly, he doesn't.

In this book, a team of twelve is headed off in the Rosalind to retrieve samples from the Charles Darwin expedition, as well as conduct their own research, in th
Liz Barnsley
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So I’ve been waiting for this one in that way that I do, really patiently and without bugging anyone at ALL about it. Just sat here patiently waiting. No seriously!

ANYWAY The Boy on the Bridge is tagged as The Girl with all the Gifts book 2 but it is not that, it is a brilliant companion novel set in the same world, you can read this perfectly easily as a standalone book, although there are some lovely little gifts (yes I did that) for you if you have read Girl first. You should do that anyway s
Andrew Smith
I really enjoyed The Girl with All the Gifts, I thought it a well thought out and credible ‘end of the world’ yarn. Moreover, it was written in such a way that (if you weren't already aware what it was) the true nature of the story crept up on the reader; at first I didn't know what was going on and by the time I discovered the hidden narrative I was completely hooked. And to add to this there were interesting characters whose fate I became invested in. It was also a novel that didn't leave you ...more
My actual rating is 3.5. There were a lot of things I liked. The exploration of the hungries, certain sequences were really good, there was some good action, the ways it tied into TGWATG, and I really liked the ending, but I found the characters severely lacking. Most of them were indistinguishable from each other and the ones that were more heavily featured or had slightly more personality still felt fairly lifeless (pun unintended),flat, and one dimensional. My lack of interest in any of the c ...more
3.5 stars!

The Boy on the Bridge is the, (at least for me), eagerly awaited prequel to The Girl With All the Gifts. This book tells the story of how the abandoned tank/lab they found in TGWAtG, the Rosalind Franklin, got to be where she was and what happened to her crew.

It also tells the story of a special boy on board, (who was possibly autistic?), along with the crew consisting of both military and civilian/scientific contingents. They are ordered out to reconnoiter and to collect lab samples
LeAnne: GeezerMom
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Trust me when I say that it takes one heck of an incredible writer to wrap a dystopian story around me so that it feels like a welcome comfort. I do not like dystopian books! Despite the intense suspense and strangeness here, there is humanity and nobleness in this story and its characters.

If you've read the previous book by this author called The Girl With All the Gifts, you'll know that - yup - zombies are on the prowl. I picked that book up having absolutely no idea that it was dystopian, yet
Mogsy (MMOGC)
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Well, the question of whether M.R. Carey could catch lightning in a bottle twice has been answered. Not that I had doubted it much, but while The Girl with All the Gifts was met with much acclaim, I’d made sure to temper my expectations for its follow-up companion novel in the months up to its release. Given the infuriatingly vague publisher description, and with the newness of the whole idea, there were just way too man
Shaikha Alahmad
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 26%

I bought this as soon as it was released, I was really excited to read it since I absolutely LOVE The Girl with All the Gifts but this is just a huge disappointment.
It's completely dull and just, boring.
I might pick it up later to finish it so I can give it a more proper rating. (I really don't like DNFing books no matter how bad they are)
“The Boy on the Bridge is very much its own thing, not a continuation of Melanie’s story but a new journey with a new cast of characters. But it answers a lot of questions that The Girl With All the Gifts implicitly asked.” -M.R. Carey
The Boy on the Bridge might be marketed as the sequel to The Girl with All the Gifts or the second installment in a series by the same name, but please know that if it has to be classified as anything, it should really be a prequel. The Boy on the Brid
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A prequel to The Girl With All the Gifts this does a great job of reintroducing us to a complex dystopian world where the monsters may not be as ‘monstrous’ as first thought.

The pacing for this is just as good as the previous novel, and builds to a satisfying conclusion. The author does a good job at concluding some loose plot threads from the previous novel while still managing to weave a suspenseful story. From a world that is w
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
I really love the clean, scientific style with which M.R. Carey writes zombies. It’s completely engaging, and less of a gory, chomping, blood-splattering mess, and more asking human questions. This was the story of what happened to one of the scientific expedition tank/car/busses that went out ten years before the events of “The Girl With All the Gifts” and was never seen again. Of course, we see it in that book, but never have any answers.

Seeing it, and having *some* clue as to what’s going to
Apr 28, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is an Advance Reading Copy
Lonna | FLYLēF
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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ONE OF MY proudest book recommendation moments was on the day of my supervisor’s retirement, when I wished him well and handed him a wrapped, blue gem named Fellside . It was my last ditched attempt to prove that I could make a good book recommendation especially having failed in my previous attempt. Yes, I was on a mission. That mission ended (sigh of relief) weeks later when I received an e-mail from him expressing nothing b
Well I am glad that I waited for my library to release the hold on this one. I have to say that from beginning to end this book was not worth the wait and my anticipation of it at all. "The Boy on the Bridge" moves so slow that I found myself bored out of my mind. The epilogue is the only reason why I gave this thing 3 stars. And even that is me being generous since Carey does not do a very good job of setting things up and takes away from the really shocker of an ending in "The Girl With All th ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy."

Stephen was very clever but even he could not make this book great for me. Let me start by saying that I LOVED "The Girl with all the Gifts" I thought it was AMAZING and I loved the POV chapters and of course, Melanie. Stephen is a 15-year-old autistic teen who has discovered that the "hungries" have maintained some of their humanity. He finds this interesting and compelling as he observes and ultimately interacts with
G.H. Eckel
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fungus (that really does exist) has crossed species into humanity. It seizes the central nervous system and takes over the body; the host becomes a zombie. After 10 years of infection, there are precious few humans left. A team of scientists in a tank-like laboratory have been in the field 7 months searching for an antidote to save the human race. The alternative is to slip into unconsciousness and become a Hungry, which are zombies, called Hungries because they stand still like a tree until t ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was pretty bad!!

I enjoyed The Girl With All the Gifts immensely - I thought it was creepy, clever and original. I also thought it did NOT need a sequel (or a prequel, for that matter). I was, however, taken in by the glowing reviews on The Boy on the Bridge's Goodreads page.

The Boy on the Bridge is like the Dollar Tree TGWATG. It features basically the same characters, only less engaging (a strange but gifted child; the nurturing female figure the child looks up to; an amoral woman in a pos

The Girl With All The Gifts has been on my best of the year list for two years running, for the physical book and the audiobook respectively, so words are incapable of describing how much I was anticipating this new book.

It does not disappoint.

The Boy on the Bridge is actually a prequel, and it follows the events that led to the Rosalind Franklin, the mobile, armoured lab, being left where the crew of The Girl With All The Gifts would discover it a couple of decades later, but you sh
Althea Ann
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I saw there was a new MR Carey book coming out and requested it from my library without reading anything at all about it. So I was delighted to find out when it arrived that it's a direct companion to "The Girl With All The Gifts."

In this post-apocalyptic future, humans are losing ground against the "Hungries." Fortified pockets of uninfected humans are falling to the zombie plague. In a last-ditch, desperate effort to find a cure - or any strand of hope to cling to - a mission has been sent out
Julia Ash
I am a huge fan of M. R. Carey because I love the melding of science and zombies...into a plausible post-apocalyptic ride! To boot, Carey has a mastery of language which adds polish and prestige to a trope that is often treated with literary disrespect and considered out of vogue. So THANK YOU to the author for lending dignity to a trope that fascinates and engages me!

To compare…

Although I loved THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, I was disappointed by its ending (like…I went through a
This is one of those books that, when you finish, you sit still, your mind whirring over, and reflect on what a fantastic reading experience that was. It's different from The Girl with all the Gifts but in one way it's the same - in its excellence.

Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review from Tenacious Reader:

I am going to start with talking a bit about reading order, I think both of The Boy on the Bridge and The Girl with All the Gifts can easily be read as stand-alones. The descriptions from the publishers are incredibly vague for both, which I tend to enjoy. That said, there is something about the world I had no idea of before reading The Girl With All the Gifts that gave an additional level of mystery and suspense that I think
Terri Wino
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: year-2017
This was closer to 3-1/2 stars for me, but I'm going to round it up to 4. The only reason it's lacking that 1/2 star is because in comparison to The Girl With All the Gifts, I didn't have quite the emotional connection to the characters in this book that I did its predecessor.

This book also took a little longer to get me wrapped up and invested in the story, but once I got over that hump I didn't want to stop reading. The last 50 or so pages, especially, were so engrossing! I also couldn't have
Bill Kupersmith
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Boy at the Bridge was set as a precursor to Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts, which I expect that many of us already had read. And my hopes to experience again the spiritual world of GWATG were disappointed. GWATG was superficially SciFi, but with lots of spiritual & emotional qualities. Superficially this book is set in the same world, with ‘Hungries’ & ‘Junkers’ & an Odyssey through Britain in a combination APC/Lab/RV with a crew of soldiers, scientists, & a child who isn’t quite human, ...more
The Captain
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .

I found this book to be even more compelling than me last read by Mr. Carey. This yarn be what I call a companion novel to, the girl with all the gifts. In me mind, it be a sequel but certainly can stand on its own.

This was a roller-coaster of a ride. This novel also takes place in Britain during the end of days but follows a different group than the previous book
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
This book takes place before The Girl with All the Gifts and tells the story of the crew of the Rosalind Franklin. The main characters are Samrina "Rina" Khan, one of the scientists, and Stephen Greaves, who is a 15 year old autistic boy and savant. There are quite a number of other characters involved since there are teams of both scientists and security personnel on the Rosie. Some of the characters are impossible to like and some are wonderfully hate-worthy. I only liked a couple of them.

We f
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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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