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M. R. Carey , Finty Williams
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1 April 2014

NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING

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 is a very special girl.

Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.

'If you only read one novel this year, make sure it's this one, it's amazing' Martina Cole

'Original, thrilling and powerful' - GUARDIAN

'Haunting, heartbreaking' - VOGUE

'A great read that takes hold of you and doesn´t let go' - John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

'Scary, tense and fast-paced . . . but with a heart-warming tenderness' - MARIE CLAIRE

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (1 April 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1445039400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445039404
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)

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Original, thrilling and powerful (GUARDIAN)

Haunting, heartbreaking (VOGUE)

Vividly memorable and unexpectedly poignant (METRO)

As fresh as it is terrifying . . . It left me sighing with envious joy (Joss Whedon, screenwriter, film and television producer)

If you only read one novel this year, make sure it's this one, it's amazing (No. 1 bestselling author Martina Cole)

A great read that takes hold of you and doesn´t let go (John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN)

Keeps you on tenterhooks as the action unfolds (ELLE magazine)

A masterpiece (SUN)

Complex,heartbreaking, hopeful and intelligently written . . . Enigmatic and utterly gripping (HARPER'S BAZAAR)

Scary, tense and fast-paced . . . but with a heart-warming tenderness (MARIE CLAIRE)

Brilliant . . . Gripping right to the end (SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author Carole Matthews)

Heartbreaking and shocking (FABULOUS (SUN magazine))

Both tender and devastating, a page-turner which kept me guessing up to the very last scene, as well as a meditation on what it means to be human . . . Fantastically enjoyable (Naomi Alderman, multi-award winning novelist)

A gripping, moving novel that comes highly recommended (SCIFINOW)

It was hard to quit reading such a compelling, intense book (i09.com)

I often forgot to breathe while I was turning the pages (BOOKTOPIA)

A heartbreaking and haunting story that is beautifully written (MINDFOOD) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Opening Pandora's box 12 Dec 2013
By Laura T VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
It's difficult to know what to say about The Girl With All The Gifts without spoiling a twist that occurs early on in the novel and governs the entirety of the story from then on, but I think I'm safe to say that this story is set in an imagined dystopia, where huge population loss has decimated Britain and the few survivors hang on in military bases. On one of these bases lives ten-year-old Melanie, who spends most of her time in a cell and the rest in a classroom, where she soaks up information, especially Miss Justineau's stories of Greek mythology. But she and her fellow pupils are treated like dangerous animals, shackled to their seats and hosed down with disinfectant every Sunday. To Melanie, this is normal, but the reader realises within the first few pages that something is wrong...

This is a gripping and well-written thriller that runs along familiar lines, but manages to rise above its competitors by the sheer effectiveness of its storytelling and its careful handling of the central character, Melanie. I find that using child narrators is a very risky business, as it's so easy for the author to depict a child as twee, unrealistically naive, or sickeningly perceptive and honest. The depiction of Melanie, however, is almost entirely successful. This is partly due to her secret, which steers her depiction away from the usual cliches of childhood, partly due to the fact that she is not the only narrator, and partly because she does not narrate in first person, so MR Carey does not have to attempt the 'voice of a child'. I still had some niggles about her presentation, such as the story she writes early on in the novel, which does not read to me as the work of a ten-year-old with a 'genius-level' IQ, but as the work of a younger child with this level of ability.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl With All The Gifts 31 Mar 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
In the mornings, five mornings a week, Melanie waits quietly in her cell for Sergeant Parks and his team to collect her and take her to class. She hopes it will be a Miss Justineau day, because Melanie loves the days when Miss Justineau takes the class. In particular, she loves the stories that Miss Justineau tells; tales of Aeneas, of Pandora, of places and people Melanie feels she knows and understands, out there in the world Melanie has never seen. Because Melanie and all her classmates are special and so they must be treated as such.

Quite what’s happening in this book takes a little while to unfold before the reader; seeing things initially from Melanie’s perspective, things sit a little off centre from what we might consider ‘reality’, until the reader starts to understand why. When Melanie tells Sergeant Parks that she won’t bite, he doesn’t find it funny. And when you find out why, that’s only the beginning of the shocks that wait for the unsuspecting reader in this book. Is the fate of humanity hanging in the balance? And what can Melanie do about it?

This is not a book for the faint-hearted; it’s emotional, and it’s bloody, and everybody in this game is playing for keeps. But if you like a gritty dystopian viewpoint from which to view our possible future, this is a book that will have you pinned to the pages. This is a fantastic book; breathless pacing takes the reader through a narrative that’s clever, ‘real’, and just close enough to the bone to leave you faintly worried as you close the last page. Brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what it seems 24 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's hard to review this without spoilers because the book suddenly changes shortly after the sample comes to an end. I'll do my best though.

The book starts with a child at a special and rather horrible school but with one teacher who is kind to her. It reminded me of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro but that was misleading as this book is very different.

It quickly becomes apparent that things are not as they at first seemed and at that point the book becomes increasingly gory and violent. There are scenes of a medical nature, scenes that might have been torture, and bloody fights.

The premise is interesting and handled in an original way. I liked seeing into the minds of characters who took very different views of the situation and I would have liked to have seen how Melanie copes but I couldn't stomach the violence. I admit that I didn't read to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lost opportunity 18 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback
I think those of us who rated this book low did so because, we either felt misled or that it was a lost opportunity for something better and more innovative.

I did guess from the blurb that it was sci-fi, monster (maybe vampire) related so I was not misled in that respect, but I feel that the book starts with a clever refreshing idea and viewpoint, a bit like the Passage, and it could have become an interesting psychological adventure/drama on the fate of these 'special' kids. I thought e.g. that they would reach Beacon, and that there would be an interesting interaction with the humans there and tough decisions to be made. But instead, as many others commented, the book follows a very clichéd formula.

Funnily enough, today I found by chance an article on hit 2013 video game 'The Last of Us' with a very similar plot, and it makes me wonder who's plagiarised whom here. If the author had focused on Melanie and the other children, and the various and evolving human reactions, he would have written something more unique. But as it stands, it's a 'The Last of Us' rip-off. Considering that the real identity of the author is not revealed but we know he is involved in high profile X-men etc. comic book writing and has been involved in a film (presumably he's Mike Carey?), it makes you wonder if the film industry is what he targeted all along.

In any case, the book was an OK read, but let me down. I found the 'Road' or 'The reapers are the angels' a lot more dramatic, poignant, and substantial.
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Really unusual and interesting plot. Very well written. It's not a comfortable read because of the nature of the story, but well worth devoting time to. Glad I bought this.
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A gripping read. Post apocalyptic thriller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was very different to other novels read by our book club but we all...
This is not the sort of story I would normally read but I thought it really well written and wanted to know what happened to the main characters, especially the girl. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!!
Great book, has a great plot and keeps you guessing right up to the final bit.
Would recomend highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Schools out!
I really enjoyed The Girl with all the Gifts, it delivers and finishes with a satisfying ending. For fans of the survival horror genre and Never Let Me Go it will be a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so pleased I did
When I started reading this book on my Kindle, I thought I must have uploaded the wrong book! My science fiction days I thought were long over - I was a fan in my teens but now... Read more
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