Also, the "children" are sentient, emotionally capable beings--though they appear to be one-in-a-million among the infected individuals who are collectively called "hungries.
There is great potential for examining the nature of what makes us human. I hope the full novel fulfills that promise. Sep 05, Linda Romer rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , reviews. Carey A Must Read! Utterly Terrifying, heartfelt and intoxicating! The Girl with all the gifts kept me on the edge of my seat thirsting for more. Carey is brilliant, his characters are flawless, captivating and unforgettable.
You must read this Novel and meet Melanie, a girl you will never forget. Carey 5 stars for it's captivating story and well developed characters. I would recommend this book to everyone! Aug 07, Moises rated it it was ok. Didn't reel me in! Lost interest completely. Nov 11, Angela Juline rated it really liked it Shelves: book-club. Can't wait to discuss this at book club I feel like any review I write would include too many spoilers. Jun 29, Ofilia rated it liked it.
Fast paced and interesting, this is a slightly different take on the zombie apocalypse. I felt the ending was bit too tidy, but otherwise a fun read. Probably would rate it as more of a 3. I thought it was good but struck me as more of a young adult kind of book especially given the name they gave to the zombies. I liked how the author started the book in some nameless army base with kids and teachers but with a twist.
Interesting idea for what we ultimately find was the cause the Zombie apocalypse scenario. It was a little predictable in some parts but not in others, yet fast paced.
I would like to read something else by this author Probably would rate it as more of a 3. I would like to read something else by this author in the future since this was a fun read. I originally picked this up because I thought it might be a horror book I could get my book club to read some of you out there know what I am talking about and it even comes with book club discussion questions in the end.
But alas, I don't think it is the right book for me to quite promote my favored genre to them I know this was also a movie and look forward to viewing it on my big screen at home to see how well it follows the book!
Aug 07, Rosie B rated it really liked it. Miss Honey and Matilda, but in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Gory, thrilling, lots of fun. One thing bothered me, though. Whenever people from the base meet a child hungry, they describe it by saying what age it was infected. They'd be able to do that only if they thought child hungries don't age.
But we learn that they do! So if the base has had child hungries for four years, how did they not notice them growing? Jan 10, Kathleen Halloran rated it really liked it. I listened to the audiobook version and was very skeptical at the beginning. This book was recommended to me and I had no idea what the story was about, so was surprised to find it was another book about zombies. However, after getting into the story, I was pleasantly surprised!
And, by the end I had a hard time turning the book off! Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page.
Carey Goodreads Author. Melanie is a very special girl. Caldwell calls her "our little genius. 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. Sh Melanie is a very special girl.
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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 19th by Orbit first published January 14th More Details Original Title. The Girl With All the Gifts 1.
Arthur C. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. My 16 year old daughter loved this book, staying up all night to read it. What should she read next? Don't let the film put you off.
I pretend it never happened. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [I just "accidentally" read on the reviews that this is a zombie book! Is that a huge spoiler that will kind of ruin the book for me or not? Kirstie This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ Not at all. I went into it not knowing it was a zombie book but figured it out by the end of the first chapter. It's no big secret. Though it was a ni …more Not at all. Though it was a nice surprise for me I love a good zombie story.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 12, Emily May rated it really liked it Shelves: , horror. Everything is always both. But you have to open it to find that out. Firstly, this is not an old school "how to get away from the zombies and stay alive" kind of book. It opens from the perspective of these zombies - intelligent, emotional, child zombies - and Melanie is one of them. A young, intelligent girl who is seemingly full of life, curiosity and the ability to form emotional attachments.
The way the story is told from a specific perspective is important, changing the way we view Melanie and the other "children". They are first presented as thoughtful, frightened kids in a situation that makes us instantly sympathetic.
We are not allowed to simply view them as necessary sacrifices in the hunt for a zombie cure. It is more of an introspective, philosophical book about what it means to be human and how being human might not necessarily make you one of the good guys, than it is an action-packed adventure full of chases and shoot-outs though there is some of that too. At the heart of this story is Melanie's relationship with her beloved teacher Miss Justineau. And, through the teacher's stories and inspiration with particular reference to the story of Pandora , it is also about Melanie's quest for love and acceptance, as well as an understanding of who she is.
The zombie science felt new and interesting, despite my aversion to most technical language, and all the principal characters are well-developed with their own history, motivations and aspirations.
The author even takes time to develop a deeper understanding of those characters we will never come to like. If you are looking for horror and traditional zombies, The Girl with All the Gifts might not be the book for you.
But if you'd like something refreshing, moving and more character-driven, I would highly recommend it. View all comments. Colm McCarthy. More about The Girl with All the Gifts. More about Colm McCarthy.
Back to the top. Teaching film, TV and media studies. Education events at BFI Southbank. Viewing theatre hire. Archive content sales and licensing. Stills sales. BFI Southbank purchases. Skip to main content. These children were infected years ago, and they can still think and talk. Even learn. If she could find the reason why, Caldwell would be halfway — at least halfway — to a full cure. When she thinks of it like that, the decision is made for her. She needs to start with the child who shows least impairment of all.
The child who, despite having as high a concentration of fungal matter in her blood and tissue as any of the others, and more than most, somehow retains a genius-level IQ. A bad combination. As duty officer, he signs out the keys from the secure cupboard. Then he countersigns as base commander. He takes the thick ring off its hook and walks on over to the block. The infected, referred to as " hungries ", quickly lose their mental powers and feed on the flesh of healthy humans.
The disease spreads through blood and saliva, but can also spread through spores created by the fungus. In England , the few surviving uninfected humans either live in heavily guarded areas such as Beacon, or roam in packs of hostile, scavenging "junkers". The authorities in Beacon set up a remote military base for the study of a specific group of child hungries. They, unlike others, are able to retain their mental powers and only lose control when they get too close to human scent. Soldiers, led by Sergeant Eddie Parks, find such child hungries and bring them to the base, where they are educated by teachers and tested by the head scientist, Dr.
Caroline Caldwell. This often means she vivisects the children, which Helen Justineau, a behavioural psychologist and teacher at the base, dislikes. Justineau sees the child hungries as people, and is especially fond of Melanie, a year-old with a genius-level IQ. Melanie loves Justineau as a surrogate mother.
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