Publication Date: January 10, 2014
Melanie is a smart girl. She loves to go to class to learn and be with her teacher, Ms. Justineau. She loves Ms. Justineau. But Melanie isn’t just your average girl. Melanie is picked up from her cell every day and transported by armored guards to her classroom. Melanie doesn’t understand why. She’s just a girl.
My rating: 5 out 5 stars
I’m going to admit I read The Girl with All the Gifts simply because Maggie Stiefvator (absolutely love her writing) posted how amazing it was on Twitter. I immediately looked it up and the book description intrigued me further. I requested it from the library and the hold line was so long it took a couple of months to get it. When I started reading, I have to admit I was surprised. I had no idea it was a dystopian zombie novel for adults. From the description, I knew Melanie was dangerous, I just didn’t know why.
I’m not really into sci-fi or horror, but I found The Girl with All the Gifts to be a very interesting read. The dystopian world M.R. Carey created was unique and the story was fast paced. The characters felt real and I enjoyed being able to read each POV. You couldn’t help but like Melanie and Ms. Justineau and hate Caldwell. My favorite part of the story was the last two chapters because I was never sure how the story would end. I found Carey’s ending to be perfect.
The Girl with All the Gifts is a really great read. It was thought provoking in a way I wasn’t expecting. I think even don’t normally enjoy zombies or end of the world tales will enjoy this one.