Review: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Submitted by Dustin Archibald on Tue, 01/27/2015 - 13:46
NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING.
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.
TLDR; version: READ THIS BOOK NOW!
Do you know that nice warm feeling you get when you settle down with a nice book? Whether it's in your favourite reading chair or under the blankets in you bed you let that feeling wash over you. You are comfortable and safe. Well, that doesn't happen with this book.
It's damn near impossible to describe this book without giving away it's best hook but I can give you this little bit, from the book itself: Pandora, the mythlogical first human woman created by the gods, the person who unleashed disease and plagues, is known as the girl with all the gifts. The main character, 10-year-old Melanie, is that girl.
While the book as a whole is very well written with authentic voice (and sometimes even humour), it is the voice of Melanie that steals the show. Her innocence and emotion radiate off the pages as if by magic. Her compassion and vengence are moving and terrifying, both in equal measure.
The ending? Once you understand the story, the characters' journeys, the shape and reality of the world, you know it was the only ending that could be.
Based in science but grounded in emotion, this is one book that once you pick it up, no matter if you lose it or are lost within, you will never put down.