The way the characters are drawn is reminiscent of classic horror novels such as Richard Matheson's I Am Legend or early Stephen King, but the novel itself isn't a horror. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. Melanie, however, retains a genius-level IQ; she and her fellow classmates are all capable of learning and communicating, of cognitive development, of even possibly refusing the mindless hunger of the infection. But don't get too close, because they will chew your face off. Five days a week, Melanie is strapped into a wheelchair, fastened securely and wheeled into the classroom where she, and her fellow classmates are taught. 1 : a book review blog specializing in speculative fiction, YA and popgeekery for all ages since 2008. Characterization beyond Melanie and Miss Justineau, however, isn’t quite as impressive as the rest of the book – the other lead characters are, essential, stock figures. My 16 year old daughter loved this book, staying up all night to read it. The Girl with All the Gifts opens in the strangest classroom ever. It's the characters that resonate in this thrilling tale of parental love in a world overrun with zombies. Is that a huge spoiler that will kind of ruin the book for me or not? All Rights Reserved. Paperback: 416 Pages. So life goes on for little Melanie. Need another excuse to treat yourself to new book this week? WHY DOES HE HAVE TO DIE. Why did I read this book: I am not exaggerating when I say that this is one my most highly anticipated books of 2014, and that I have been ridiculously eager to get my hands on a copy. Don't let the film put you off. The characters behave in familiar, archetypal patterns, leading to what seems to be a fairly basic “find the cure” plot… but that’s where the good stuff kicks in again with a twist. A refreshing reinterpretation of the horror genre that puts its focus on detailed character descriptions and moral questions instead of excessive zombality. It was interesting that the author is male, but not surprising. I can highly recommend Richard Matheson's 'I Am Legend'. It’s the kind of book that’s best read with absolutely no knowledge going on, because of the way it drops … Melanie is a bright and engag. However, we are obviously aware that things are seriously not right and the world as we know it has changed beyond recognition. She fears she may be called to leave sooner or later, and she doesn’t want to part with her beloved teacher. Melanie, like the other children she lives with, is a zombie; the planet has been overrun, and these intelligent kids are the only possible way for its remaining scientists to find a cure. I’m talking the love between a child and her hero, Miss Justineau. [like why was Parks so quick to use his gun and only his gun when noise is the enemy? She is muzzled occasionally, and chained to her desk; and all the classes are tests, to see what information the children retain and understand. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, … I cannot understand how I was not aware of this book until now! Publication Date: January 2014 (UK) / March 2014 (US) I’m not usually big on zombies, but you’ve done a great job convincing me that not all zombie stories have to be mindless or violent. Miss Justineau is Melanie’s favorite teacher, and she makes the days worth it – Miss Justineau tells the class stories about Greek gods and legends, she reads them poems and books from before the breakdown, and she asks and listen to the childrens’ opinions. Melanie loves school. Since I’m exactly the type of person who avoids horror at all costs, I told myself there was no chance I was ever going to give this book more than a glance. One doesn’t know what exactly is going on, or why Melanie – who by all accounts seems like an imaginative, clever, kind girl – lives in a cell and has to be strapped into a chair by terrified soldiers. He has also written the screenplay for a movie, Frost Flowers, which is soon to be produced by Hadaly Films and Bluestar Pictures. Notable Quotes/Parts: Read excerpts of the novel by visiting the official facebook page HERE. It’s Melanie’s narrative that drives this book, that makes The Girl with all the Gifts so moving; filtering the narrative through Melanie’s (and select other characters’) perspective makes her journey of self-discovery that much more profound.

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