Book Review: The Girl With All the Gifts
Title: The Girl With All the Gifts (Goodreads)
Author: M.R. Carey
My Rating: ★★★★★
"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."
Sometimes you read a book and after you finish it, you move on with your life without really thinking about it too much again. Other times, you finish a book and it embeds itself into you, and you end up carrying it with you for quite some time. I read The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey last month and it has proven to be in the latter category. By now, you probably know that this is a story about zombies, and maybe that bores you. We're all kind of zombie'd out by now, I get that. But, let me tell you, you really don't know anything about The Girl With All the Gifts.
Going into this book not knowing much is the best thing you can do, so I'm not going to talk about the story at all. What I do want to talk about is how gripping and stressful this book was to read. I'm not really the kind of person that reacts too much to books as I'm reading them, unless they are overly sad (then I cry like a baby). However, the way this story is told and how the events unfold, made me feel completely uncomfortable and stressed out (in the best way possible). I LOVED this. I've never really been that engrossed and genuinely concerned for the characters as much as I was in this book. That alone made this read worthwhile, but the characters are really what made me boost this book to favorites status.
M.R. Carey created some of the most lovable and awful characters I've ever read, but in the end, you get to see the good and bad side of all of them. I appreciated that so much, and I didn't realize how little I have encountered that, particularly in contemporary literature. For that reason, the character development in this book is incredible. Though there were people that I really disliked, Carey is so great at explaining their motivations that I began to empathize with them and see why they were the way they were.
Lastly, I wanted to talk about the ending. Not to tell you what happens or hint at it at all, but just to say wow. I still find myself thinking about ending of this book and how unique it was. I loved the ending, it was perfect, unexpected, and definitely had a different point of view that most other novels of this genre. That's all I can say about that!
I will definitely be thinking about this book for a long time to come. If you are thinking about reading it, DO IT. Pick it up, listen to the audiobook, check it out at the library, whatever you have to do. It's absolutely worth it. Please do, so I have people to talk with about this!