The Girl With All the Gifts

The Girl With All the Gifts

by M. R. Carey


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In the ruins of civilization, a young girl's kindness and capacity for love will either save humanity — or wipe it out in this USA Today bestselling thriller Joss Whedon calls "heartfelt, remorseless, and painfully human."

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 pointed 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 genre-defying, emotionally charged thriller that will shatter your expectations of the classic zombie novel.

For more from M. R. Carey, check out:
Someone Like Me
The Boy on the Bridge

By the same author, writing as Mike Carey:
The Devil You Know
Vicious Circle
Dead Men's Boots

Thicker Than Water
The Naming of the Beasts

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316334754
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 47,257
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a USA Today bestseller and is a major motion picture based on his BAFTA-nominated screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, two radio plays, and a number of TV and movie screenplays to his credit.

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The Girl With All The Gifts 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
I admit I read a couple of reviews of this book before I began reading it myself. The reviews were fabulous and hinted there was a big secret that shouldn't be spoiled by reviews that might give it away, so I immediately stopped, anticipating a mind-blowing twist in this novel. About ten pages in, I figured it out and assumed since it was that easy, there must be something else. But there wasn't. Without giving anything away, this book is about a topic that's pretty popular right now, but is explained in scientific terms that made complete sense and I liked that. Although the story was told in varying POV's, I especially enjoyed learning how Melanie perceived her world and had to make decisions far beyond her years. I also found it fascinating being in loathsome Dr. Caldwell's head to understand how she justified her actions. The relationship between Melanie and Sergent Parks was fascinating, and even touching at times as it evolved, although the primary focus was meant to be on the interaction between Miss Justineau and Melanie. I thought Parks was more of a realist, while Miss Justineau occasionally refused to see logic, although I really admired her spunk. While this book had several 'rush of adrenaline' moments, adequate pacing, and kept my interest, I thought the title, and even the cover were misleading and probably missing this novel's target audience. On the other hand, those who were misled but stick with it may be surprised at how much they enjoy this book. I would recommend The Girl With All the Gifts to sci-fi, horror, and dystopian readers - it was a different take on a subject that's been around for quite some time and was an engaging read. This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book free from Net Galley and Orbit in exchange for an honest review. Thank you both for the opportunity!! This book was nothing like I thought it was going to be and after a little ways into, I realized it was another Zombie book. Ugh, love watching  The Walking Dead, but don't like reading Zombie books.  However, this one had a much different take on the genre and I found myself really getting into it. I really felt for the main character, Melanie, and enjoyed rallying her on. And, of course, there was the villain who everyone loves to hate.  The book was an easy read and I did so in two sittings, only because I had to stop for an engagement. It was very well written and I would recommend it to anyone that likes the dystopian genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The beginning really pulled me in and I found the whole story satisfying. The characters are well written. I liked how the reader was able to get into their minds to find out what made them tick. I also enjoyed the writing itself. It is well written, easy to follow and hard to put down.
Murky More than 1 year ago
the premise was fascinating until about the last quarter of the story. Then it seemed to lose itself with a saggy dissatisfying ending. We're talking characters facing global disaster - I just expected a smart, quirky ending.
Toni_LP_Kelner More than 1 year ago
I thought it was brilliant. The character of Melanie was so real, and the journey was riveting. But it was the ending I adore. Never saw it coming, but afterward, couldn't imagine any other way of finishing the story.  Yeah, brilliant is the word.
Kaylexanna More than 1 year ago
It was so awesome going into this book not really knowing what it was about or anything else about it. It made the beginning especially so much more awesome. I saw The Girl With All the Gifts advertised in ads on my phone and filed the title away in my brain for another day, and then a little while after it came out, it became one of my birthday book picks. I was very excited when it was chosen for my online book club, and while my expectations were fairly high, I was not disappointed. I fell in love with the first few chapters of this book as I learned about the world and the people bit by bit through Melanie's eyes, and while I was a bit jarred and disappointed by the changes of POV that take place after the first few chapters, I eventually grew accustomed to it and didn't mind quite as much later on. I loved Melanie's POVs and she was definitely a part of what made this book so awesome for me. There's also a lot of science in this book, and though I will admit that in parts, it went over my head, I enjoyed what I understood. It was really interesting in parts, and I liked that it felt plausible, or at least was explained in such a way that it did. I loved that the mystery here was unveiled bit by bit through science and through the characters' experiences and observations. As I mentioned before, I was originally disappointed by the multiple POVs. I was also a bit tripped up by the present tense, at least initially. Instead of flowing in my mind, it really stood out to me and I had a hard time getting past it at first, but eventually the story seemed to flow with it a bit better, and I didn't mind so much after I'd read a bit more of the book. It's really hard to talk about books that blew you away, but I loved how everything came together. Even though it's been a week since I finished this book, Melanie is still in my head. I can't stop thinking about her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel uses the idea of zombies to explore what it is to be human and how love, loyalty and trust affect the way we behave. It is not a very bloody version of zombi or vampire novels but it does have some "gross" descriptions. For me, these are outweighed by the development and growth of the characters. The main character, Melanie, has distinctive personality and point of view. She combines a sort of innocent idealism with clearsighted intelligence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has such strong characters and smart narration that is too often lacking in these books. Even if youre not a fan of zombie novels. You will love this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty good, very descriptive, and it gets you wondering what will happen next. I personaly couldnt put it down so it only took me about 45 mins for me to read it. So yeah it was good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And well written. I had not read any reviews so didnt know anything about it. I really liked it but only read it in the daylight. Not sure why! Just bought new book Fellside by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting into this story. The reviews lead me to expect something different then I got. Zombies. I won't say anything more because some people might like this story. I have a rule about books. If I am not into the story by fifty pages I quit reading. When I have broken the rule and finish the book I am always disappointed and feel like I wasted my time. I broke the rule and finished it . Wish I had not broke the rule.
BrandieC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars The Girl With All the Gifts has received a lot of hype, so I was expecting great things from this post-apocalyptic read. Unfortunately, it did not deserve all the buzz. The premise was interesting, and Carey did a good job in developing the relationship between Melanie and her teacher Miss Justineau, thereby earning the extra half star. However, there was no real sense of danger, urgency, or surprise; without those qualities, a zombie novel just falls a little flat. I received a free copy of The Girl With All the Gifts through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. I got a free sample of the first few chapters and didn't even look at it again until a friend mentioned she read it and liked it. I picked up my sample and was so engrossed I had to read the rest. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because the ending was kind of a disapointment but other than that I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone that loves the classic undead theme will appreciate this new take. Lots of heart and very engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good couldnt put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love zombies. i also love well-thought-out science fiction, characters with depth, unusual love stories, and exciting plots. this is the book with all the gifts. most zombie books choose from one of a few weaknesses: thinly-imagined characters, poorly-thought-out fictional science, gore at the expense of plot. this one redeems the genre. read and enjoy!
lindagshaffer More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!  I hope there is mote to the story, I want to know what happens to Melanie.  Read this book, it's can't put it down great!!  
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting twist on the zombie, post-apocalyptic genre. The story has a fast pace to it, so something interesting is always happening. The heart of the story is the characters, they all have fundamentally different perspectives. This makes the quiet moments where they clash and connect as exciting as the more action pieces. About two thirds through the story it relies heavy on horror tropes. Which is a bit disappointing, as it was really refreshing up until that point. A little bit too grim, a little bit too nihilistic, but overal the book lives up to the praise!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A clever story of a saturated genre. I enjoyed the writing style bringing you into the point of view of each character. I would recommend for people who like post apocalyptic societal reads.
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I really enjoyed this book. I was glued to it the moment I started reading it. The story is addictive and keeps you engaged with each character. It's a particularly long book which is great because there are no fillers just story. If you have the opportunity to read this please do.
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This is a great book. All the characters are fully developed. Even the characters that are meant to be unlikeable have a clear and rational motive for their actions. I did not want to get to the end of the book, simply because i was so invested in everyone. On a separate note, the film adaptation was not terrible, but it does not come even remotely close to this book.