The Girl With All the Gifts

The Girl With All the Gifts

Book - 2014
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Not every gift is a blessing. 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 very special girl. Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, The girl with all the gifts is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, c2014.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780356502731
0356502732
Branch Call Number: CAREY M
Characteristics: 407 p. ; 24 cm.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 14, 2019

I really liked this. Another entry in the YA dystopia canon, but done very, very well. Gritty and moving, plot-driven and thought-provoking. And an excellent ending. It was a third person narrative but viewpoints switched from different characters, which was a very effective way to tell this particular story. It made it clear how wrong and how right each character was.

Mr. Carey, please don't let anyone talk you into writing a sequel. This ended perfectly.

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lyndaclaire
May 27, 2019

I watched the movie first and then decided to read the book, and thoroughly enjoyed both. To me it was a totally different take on the zombie genre and really made me think of what a different world could look like with intelligent zombies.

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jlandgraver722
May 25, 2019

I really liked this book! From beginning to end and the truth behind the possibilities of this happening in the future. The story will make you question the fine line between science and true humanity. The ending is so good. A really good twist. A story that if turned into a movie with the correct choice actors and actresses, could potentially be a huge hit!

HCL_staff_reviews Mar 05, 2019

The literary novel about the zombie apocalypse. Melanie spends her days under armed guard, going from her cell to her classroom, where a kind teacher tells students about a world they've never seen. A well written and original page turner with a deep examination of humanity and what it means to be human. Look forward to the twist at the end! — Lee B., Eden Prairie Library

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jreinfried
Feb 18, 2019

Sadly, this book was too boring for me to finish. Another great idea for a twist on a tired genre that tanked. Oh, well.

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IV27HUjg
Nov 28, 2018

I haven't read it but it sure sounds like a film I saw...will have to search to figure out what film & i kind of liked it.

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irenelaf
Jul 06, 2018

This book is often bleak and disturbing but with really well-developed characters, good writing, and an interesting ending I enjoyed it. In fact, the ending made me like the book a lot more as it was a good fit imho.

I recommend only for those who enjoy the genre.

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 09, 2018

Melanie knows she's special, but just how or why is still a puzzle. Every day she's strapped into restraints so she won't accidentally ... bite someone.

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Mandyandme
Jan 06, 2018

I am a life-long avid reader. This book, however, was the greatest waste of time, ever! I would rather spend 3 days reading the classified ads in the newspaper than throw away my time on this book. It droned on and on and on with the same scenarios, etc. It was boringly monotonous, to say the least. If you have done everything in life that you've ever wanted to do, and have multitudes of time to waste, then go ahead and read this book.

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danielestes
Dec 21, 2017

A kind of mashup of The Passage and Station Eleven. The worldbuilding is a little thin, but it's hard to notice because of a few well-placed descriptions and a pace that very rarely allows you to catch your breath.

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Growing up and growing old. Playing. Exploring. Like Pooh and Piglet. And then like the Famous Five. And then like Heidi and Anne of Green Gables. And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both. Everything is always both.
But you have to open it to find that out.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“It’s like before the Breakdown people used to spend their whole lives making cocoons for themselves out of furniture and ornaments and books and toys and pictures and any kind of shit they could find. As though they hoped they’d be born out of the cocoon as something else.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Every adult grew from a kid who beat the odds. But at different times, in different places, the odds have been appallingly steep.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“the horror of the unknown is more frightening than any horror you can understand”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“The truth is the truth, the only prize worth having. If you deny it, you’re only showing that you’re unworthy of it.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“It’s not just Pandora who had that inescapable flaw. It seems like everyone has been built in a way that sometimes makes them do wrong and stupid things.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both. Everything is always both. But you have to open it to find that out.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Melanie thinks: when your dreams come true, your true has moved. You've already stopped being the person who had the dreams, so it feels more like a weird echo of something that already happened to you a long time ago.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“You can't save people from the world. There's nowhere else to take them.”

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nab1991
Dec 11, 2014

In an age of rust, she comes up stainless steel.

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kaylamerkel
Aug 24, 2016

kaylamerkel thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

DreamerDreamsOn Jan 28, 2016

DreamerDreamsOn thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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MsJoann
Apr 29, 2015

MsJoann thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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kaylamerkel
Aug 24, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: some chase scenes, some graphic descriptions of science experiments on people, gore

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kaylamerkel
Aug 24, 2016

Violence: your basic blood, guts, & horror

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kaylamerkel
Aug 24, 2016

Coarse Language: not excessive, but it's there

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albrown40
Jul 24, 2016

This is a different type of thriller that has a unique take on what happens when all the resources on the earth are used up and what everyone does to survive.

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