The Girl With All The Gifts - M.R. Carey
Source: Courtesy of Little Brown - Thank you.
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.
When I read the blurb to The Girl With All The Gifts I was very enthusiastic to get hold of a copy. I somehow expected a thriller when I realised I wasn't getting that I was in fact getting a walking dead apocalypse type of thriller I was seriously disappointed. This is not my type of thing at all and as popular it is getting world wide I did put it down to read something else. How lucky that that something else didn't have me gripped otherwise I might not have got back to this book at all.
I am seriously stumped by it. It is a book with such depth that it takes your breath away. It is beyond clever with its plot and also within it's writing. Because of this you have to take your time and pace yourself to get every single word right to make sure your seeing it all fully. The start is truly gripping and this is where we are introduced to main characters Melanie, Miss Justineau, and Sergeant Parks at the army base in the middle of nowhere. You are in a constant mindset of what's going on for a good while. Heading into the middle is where it goes stir crazy and things become clear. It is also where the pace of the book gets faster, the plot gets thicker, and you become lost in a world so terrifying that only the love of one child can get you through it. You are hooked until the very last word and you are sure to be gutted when it's finished.
I understand this review is scatty, says nothing about the plot, and is me rambling, but I don't know how to put down in words what this book is without telling you all the whole plot. This is a new feeling in reading for me and I'm still getting my ahead around it all too. All I can say is what I have and also that this is an eye opener of a book for people like me who won't give the time of day to things like this. It is a heartwarming tale of fear and death that is truly remarkable.