Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Girl With All The Gifts: M.R. Carey

"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 normal little girl. She loves school. She enjoys the stories Miss Justineau tells. She also yearns for love, attention, to be held..only touching Melanie will prove to be deadly..for you.

 "This book breathes new life into age-old horror tropes, taking familiar fears of zombies, the apocalypse and eerie children and spinning them in surprising ways."

Looking at Melanie one will quickly forget she is infected by humanities worst plague. She is also the only hope of a cure. 

Reading this book you quickly fall in love with the clever little girl.

 She is shattered knowing she can singlehandedly cause major devastation and death. 

Watching her carefully navigate a life outside of her normally strict confines gave me anxiety. Nature or Nurture were at war within this innocent child. 

She is surrounded by interesting yet deeply flawed humans. 

They often "conveniently" forget Melanie is a human child-not a test subject. 

Watching the characters struggle with their conscience and desperate need to have a "normal" world/life again-AT ANY COST made this story quite gripping and emotional.

This book was able to blend your stereotypical scary zombie world beautifully with living breathing human nature. 



"Have yourself a Merry little Christmas"