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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)
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)
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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
Melanie and the children are not like other children. They stay in their rooms when not in class, which is led by one of four different teachers. There, they are taught the geography of England and the world – both things they have never seen. In fact, they have never seen anything but their cells, and their classroom. They know where freedom, whatever that is, lies – at the end of the corridor, behind a steel door. But when children are wheeled out of there, they never seem to come back…
Oh, and that’s the other thing. Whenever the children are taken to class, or to shower and eat (a once a week event), they are strapped into wheelchairs (despite the fact they can walk just fine), which neck straps and all. This is all done by a soldier, while two others watch on, guns pointed at the children’s heads.
Melanie’s world is not the world as we know it.
Nor is it the world as she knows it, come to think of it. She has never seen sky, and, until the day Miss Justineau forgets herself and strokes the little girl’s hair, has never felt human contact before.Read more ›
I was pleased to find the novel was dystopian and that I was engrossed in the early sections, which introduced the main character of a 10-year-old child, Melanie. The initial chapters of the novel are set in a military base and within this narrow environment the book works really well - the mysteries of how Melanie and her classmates are, what happens to the missing children and what lies beyond the bases walls are all compelling. Melanie herself is a well-written child character who immediately has your sympathies. It's difficult not to be moved by the situation Melanie and her classmates are in.
However, as the novel progresses and other locations are introduced, I felt it tailed off and I lost interest a little. The problem for me was that once the initial mysteries had been answered the rest of the book (about 2/3 of it) became a rather standard genre (I won't name the genre but it will be pretty apparent once you understand Melanie's condition) novel about a bunch of characters travelling cross-country whilst in constant peril. The intrigue I felt early on was gone and whilst the rest of the book was well written I was no longer enthralled.
Aside from Melanie, I didn't really care a great deal for the other characters, which didn't help.
Overall though, I think this is a book worth reading. Some people will love it and others, like me, will enjoy it with some reservations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was chosen by our book club as our current read with the host being very careful not to mention a very obvious word to describe Melanie otherwise it would not have been... Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Doobles
An interesting story with quite a few twists.
I really liked how different this book was - I found it was a great book to get into after reading what feels like very... Read more
Enjoyable read,hope there is a second part ??
Well-written ,interesting concept , would recommend if you like apocalyptic style books
I love this book. It is so clever and well written. I hope to read more books by this author. Amazing. Is there a follow up book?Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was chosen for our book club by another member and I didn't know what to expect.
I was pleasantly surprised, it was an interesting concept and a well told... Read more
Melanie is collected from her cell five mornings a week by Sergeant Parks. She is made to sit in a wheelchair (even though she can walk) and has her hands and feet restrained and... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Dot
This has to be one of the best books I have read in a long time. I've been wanting to read this for a while now and felt that if I did read it I might have lost interest due to... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kaylea
After reading a lot of zombie related books I had become weary and disappointed that they had all become the same. This however is completely different. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Joanna Whaley