Well, gang, I’ve done it.
At the beginning of 2016 I made a goal on Goodreads to read 100 books and on November I achieved that goal by finishing The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey.
It has been a wild reading ride this year.
I’ve laughed. I’ve cried. I’ve read gems and piles of crap.
To be honest, I didn’t plan out what to read for my 100th book, I have had The Girl With All the Gifts on my shelve only for a few months, but with a movie coming out and pretty much everyone I know gabbing about this book I knew I had to read it.
Did The Girl With All the Gifts live up to being my 100th book of 2016? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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.
Part traditional, part imaginatively, all action-packed goodness.
I say traditional because, yes, this book is about zombies. Zombies in the most traditional sense of the world. Zombies that are slow moving, hungry, and non-compliant to the world around them.
And yet, Carey’s imagining of intelligent ‘hungries,’ children born out of death that are able to adapt to the world around them is both brilliant and terrifying.
Melanie is an amazingly fleshed out character -pun intended- and I think the best representation of someone trying to defy the impulses of societal convention.
The relationship between Melanie and Justineau is absolutely beautiful. Almost representational of how our society should embrace each other for their differences, rather than keeping people at arms length.
If you like action, this book is chalk-full of it. Even when the narrative opened in the base, I still felt engrossed in a world that I wouldn’t want to be apart of.
After reading this I went straight to Goodreads to see if this was a stand alone novel, and can tell you I will, without a doubt, be purchasing its prequel The Boy on the Bridge when it is published in May 2017.
My only complaint, and this is more on me as a reader and less on Carey as a writer, is I wish Gallagher got a better ending, but I understand why he got what he did.
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.