“I’d rather die than do that. I just mean… you fill me up the way the bread does to the man in the song. You make me feel like I don’t need anything else.”
Melanie. She’s different. She understands, she feels, and she’s hungry. Most hungries survive on instinct and they live for the kill. Melanie wants to kill but she holds back because the only thing left to eat are the ones she loves. It goes against her needs but it’s worth the struggle to save Miss Justineau. Melanie’s ability to hold back and have choices makes her The Girl With All The Gifts. I started The Girl With All The Gifts on March 8, 2017 and finished the 403 pages on March 18, 2017. Overall I rated The Girl With All The Gifts a 7 out of 10.
The Girl With All The Gifts
This book is another zombie infested novel with an unexpected savior. Melanie is introduced as a child with normal thoughts and feelings, but I started to notice that something wasn’t right when she was taken to class strapped up in a wheelchair. She’s not the only one either. All of the students in her classroom are restrained as well with a soldier holding a gun in the corner of the room, ready to fire.
My first thought was that these kids were part of an insane asylum, but…I was very wrong. These kids are strapped into their wheelchairs for a very good reason. They’re hungry. And they aren’t hungry for the typical juice box and applesauce. No. They’re hungry for flesh.
But these “zombies” are capable of thinking and learning. Their ability to become students form a big question…Why are they so different?
Melanie is forced to go on a quest to find safety for her favorite teacher, Miss Justineau. Miss J. is the light of her life; She was the only human to show her compassion and tenderness, while others just saw her as an experiment. Traveling with these two are our other main characters: Dr. Caldwell, and Sargent Parks. They’re all in search of a hungry free oasis.
What was so great about this book is that I loved every single character in this book. They all had a certain moral stance that was understandable. Sometimes the morally right choice required sacrifices as well, and it made the book more life like because in an apocalyptic world, there are gonna be some major sacrifices.
The reason I gave this book a 7 out of 10 is because I felt that the whole “hungry” idea wasn’t original, and a lot of it was somewhat predictable as well. But I enjoyed this read very much. M.R. Carey is a great writer and storyteller. He made this book into a real life situation and how humans would react if the situation were to arrive.
I recommend this book to anyone who has a love for zombie books, but also anyone who has an interest in interpersonal relationships. To me it was very interesting to read this book and see how the characters interacted with each other. They played each others devils advocate a lot.
I read this book on the beach during Spring Break and I’ll always remember it that way. What’s a good beach trip without a cold yeti filled with Deep Eddy Lemonade and Sprite? Every time I’m on the beach, I gotta have my current read and my yeti ready to go and enjoy the sun. This drink combo has honestly nothing to do with the book, but it’s more about the feelings and memories.