Thursday, 27 August 2015

The Girl with All the Gifts by M R Carey

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Firstly if you have not read this book yet do not read this review!! Go in Blind.

I picked this book up thinking that it was going to be a YA paranormal book, I thought that all of the gifts that the girl has were going to be magic but nope!! 

Most people in this apocalyptic earth have been infected by a fungus, The people infected turn into hungries. They loose the ability to think fr themselves and behave much like zombies I suppose, feeding on the flesh of anything that is alive and uninfected. The few people who are uninfected either live on a military style camp or are roaming around outside the camp living off the land and keeping their fingers crossed. 
Melanie lives on the military camp with her teachers and her classmates. She is very smart and quite likes where she lives even if she is caged up all the time. Then some stuff happens which means that Melanie, one of her teachers,the lady that is trying to kill her and two army men leave the camp. 

This book reminded me a little of the Host by Stephanie Meyer because everything is new to Melanie like it is to Wanderer in Host. This story is beautiful in its description of a broken down world. Each of the characters are individual characters not copies from other stories which is refreshing and bold. 
I have very little experience with Zombie books and so once I figured out thats what this was I was expecting more Walking Dead kind of action but The Girl With All the Girfts isnt like that all. The characters are trying to get on there way with as little damage to themselves as possible. Its a story of love mostly but we also get to read as trust grows and a bond is formed.

This book is intense like a thriller but not as jumpy in your face. It is creepy and scary but not enough to give you nightmares. Melanie is an amazing character, she shows bravery, will power and strength all throughout this book. You can see how her education has shaped the way that she sees the world as she references Winnie the Pooh books and Greek Mythology using these things to make sense of the newness around her.

The plot uses several perspectives to help with the world building and I thought this helped keep the pace up and the story interesting but the voice I liked the most was Melanie. There was something about  

I would put this book up there with my favourite books this year so far and its a stand alone!! I loved everything about it.

Thanks For Reading 
Em x

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