Narrator: Finty Williams
on June 10th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Horror
Length: 13 hours 4 minutes
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The USA Today bestseller 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 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. The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.
One of the reasons why I loved the TV show, The Strain was because it offered a new explanation for the old, played out theory of vampires. And that is why I loved this book. No – there are no vampires, and at the risk of giving a major spoiler, if you haven’t gone and seen the trailers for the movie, I’ll just leave it at that.
Don’t watch the trailer! It literally takes away the first major plot twist of the story.
Before I get into this more, I want to point out that I was interested in watching the movie but they changed the main character’s race. I have a problem with that because her race has absolutely nothing to do with her character so what’s the reasoning behind this? Do we just make racial changes in movies these days as a marketing gimmick? Now, this is not to say that I won’t watch it.
I really enjoyed listening to the audible version of this book. I think Finty Williams did a marvellous job with the narration. She really brought Melanie alive and I felt like I could picture this child and her innocent-looking face.
As the story starts, I’m there trying to figure out where all of this is going. The first plot twist is pretty good, because up to that point I really didn’t expect it to be at way at all. I feel like just saying what genre it is gives away a possible shock-factor that caught me off guard. I love it!
When you continue from there, you start to understand certain things. It’s obvious that Melanie is different, and in a way that gives you and Dr. Caldwell, whose in-charge of solving the problem, a bit of hope.
What I really liked about the story, is how it progresses and unfolds so that you start asking more questions. All of what you initially knew was fed to you by the main characters somewhere in the first half. But those “truths” are questioned and the real truth is just too shocking to say.
It’s also interesting to see how the other main characters start to see Melanie in a new light. Also, how her one advocate has always cared about her for who she is instead of what she is. To me this was more than just a horror story, it’s about change and survival and how sometimes to survive we need to embrace at least some of that change, if not all.
In the end the last plot twist leaves you feeling dishevelled and in disbelief. It’s so wrong but so fitting an ending that you really can’t complain. M. R. Carey did a fine job at this one. I say it’s a must-read.
About the Author
Also writes as Mike Carey