The Girl with All the Gifts is a novel written by M.R.Carey, and is the first in his series that centres around an apocalyptic future.
As well as writing this well received novel, M.R.Carey is also responsible for writing Lucifer (DC Comics) and is currently the ongoing writer of the X-Men Legacy comic book series.
The story centres around Melanie, a child who is kept in a facility amongst others like her who are special. These children are kept in chairs, tied and unable to properly move, and we are told it is for others safety. Now, I know what might be going through your mind, but trust me, it isn’t as bad as it seems. I’m not going to spoil what the main theme is here, but I will tell you that when I read the first few chapters, they really fascinated me. I didn’t fully understand what was going on, therefore I wanted to keep reading because I was excited to further learn what in the world was going on!
I realised further into the story that the basis was apocalyptic, and I’m not usually a fan of these kind of stories, but I was really enjoying this one. Each chapter had me hooked, and a few scenes left me on edge a couple of times! There were also a few nail-biting instances but they kept me excited!
Plot Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars
Melanie is the star of this novel, and I found her to be a such a lovely character that I had so much admiration for. Stuck in the middle of it all, Melanie is confused as to what is going on, and why the military are so scared of her. Her and the other children are in their care, but once events start to take a turn for the worst, Melanie realises what’s going on.
Additionally, we’re all familiar with apocalyptic stories, so it comes as no surprise that our main character is accompanied. Sergeant Eddie Parks and Helen Justineau are the two adults that travel with Melanie through out this story, and it is made clear that they’re very different people. Despite this, they come together for the sake of Melanie. Both of the adults worked at the facility where Melanie and the other children were kept, but Helen had a special bond with Melanie, acting as a mother figure during this whole story. As for Sergeant Eddie, I felt that his military teachings controlled him, but now and again he considered other options and by the middle of the story, I found that he had changed a little bit, and definitely for the better.
Character Rating: 3½ out of 4 Stars
From the very first page to the very last, The Girl with All the Gifts was ABSOLUTELY GRIPPING! The story fuelled my curiosity to find out more, and before I knew it, I couldn’t stop.
Grip Rating: 2 out of 2 Stars
In all, I am so glad I picked up this book! It was such an epic read with a brilliant plot line that made me keep flipping through the pages until I had to sleep because sunlight was peeking from behind my bedroom curtains!
(As I found this book utterly incredible, I plan to read the follow up novel in the not-so-distant future, so watch out!)
Overall Rating: 4 + 3½ + 2 = 9½ out of 10 Stars
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In addition to this, if you want to learn more about the second book in this series, titled ‘The Boy on the Bridge’, click the following link: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-boy-on-the-bridge/m-r-carey/9780356503530