Review: ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’ by M. R. Carey

Thrilling, gripping, enticing; this book is nothing like anything I usually read and yet I was hooked from the very first page.

17235026I received ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’ as a Christmas present last year so I went into it not knowing much about it and WOW was I surprised! In short, it follows a young girl, Melanie, whose life consists of the cell she sleeps in, the chair she is strapped and secured into every morning for class, her teachers and the guards who constantly watch her. It’s the kind of story where you figure out all the reasons why as you read, taking guesses and posseting theories until the truth finally makes itself known.

I suppose this book would fit into the triller-young adult hybrid genre. I haven’t delved much into thriller novels in the past but I will definitely be reading more in the future!

The books I’ve been reading as of late have been heavy and dramatic and full of meaningful messages which I love but I so enjoyed just reading this book for the story and being entertained. ‘The Girl with All the Gifts’ woke me and filled me with adrenaline. It’s the perfect book to read when you’re looking to just relax and not think too much. To read and be entertained and finish with a shocked smile on your face. Because I hope it’s not too much of a spoiler to say, I was completely shocked by the ending!

If you’re a fan of thriller genre let me know some of your favourites in the comments below or contact me here, I’d love to give them a go.

About The Book

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 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 loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.


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