The Girl With All The Gifts,
This review is from: The Girl With All The Gifts (Kindle Edition)
Is it possible not to be drawn in by that premise? If you think it is I’d probably say you’re wrong because, for me, it was impossible not to read on and find out more. I don’t know what I expected, I hadn’t heard of Carey at all, and it probably didn’t go in the direction I had expected (we know, as I keep going on about it, that I’m not crazy for your dystopia/sci-fi malarkey). I can be turned, I can appreciate something good when it is good and I think this was good and worth the time I gave it, if not more.
Melanie is fascinating and the characters which surround her are in their own way too. The way Carey builds up his novel is fantastic, the first few chapters where everything is almost purely through Melanie’s eyes are beyond enticing, I had to know where we were going to end up next and what the deal was with the wheelchair and Melanie herself. Finding out was really shocking and as everything unfolded it appeared Carey was moving tentatively in familiar ground, in one way or another.
See, not knowing who Carey was meant I didn’t know he’d spent a good chunk of his career working for an imprint of DC comics and this experience definitely comes through in The Girl With All The Gifts. The more I read the more I was able to slide the characters into comic book roles almost, which was comforting in some ways and made the novel more enjoyable in others. I’m not a big comic reader but I can appreciate a good story and I like the traditional good guy bad guy format. This novel isn’t like that, the bad guy isn’t really the bad guy and the good guy isn’t really the good guy. Knowing who is who is difficult, especially through the eyes of Melanie.
I don’t want to talk much more about this novel because it’s hard to do so without giving stuff away but suffice to stay the suspense builds and in amongst the violence, death and depth of emotion there’s a really solid plot which I needed to keep going with. The ending is not what I expected, I really want to say more but yet again, it would ruin it so yeah, it’s brilliant and such a sweet little twist, you should read it, whether you like the kind of fantasty/sci-fi-/dystopia type things or not.