Review: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl With All the GiftsPublished: June 10, 2014 by Orbit
Pages: 407
Format: Hardcover

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.

It was so awesome going into this book not really knowing what it was about or anything else about it. It made the beginning especially so much more awesome.

I saw The Girl With All the Gifts advertised in GoodReads’ ads on my phone and filed the title away in my brain for another day, and then a little while after it came out, it became one of my birthday book picks. I was very excited when it was chosen for my online book club, and while my expectations were fairly high, I was not disappointed.

I fell in love with the first few chapters of this book as I learned about the world and the people bit by bit through Melanie’s eyes, and while I was a bit jarred and disappointed by the changes of POV that take place after the first few chapters, I eventually grew accustomed to it and didn’t mind quite as much later on. I loved Melanie’s POVs and she was definitely a part of what made this book so awesome for me.

There’s also a lot of science in this book, and though I will admit that in parts, it went over my head, I enjoyed what I understood. It was really interesting in parts, and I liked that it felt plausible, or at least was explained in such a way that it did. I loved that the mystery here was unveiled bit by bit through science and through the characters’ experiences and observations.

As I mentioned before, I was originally disappointed by the multiple POVs. I was also a bit tripped up by the present tense, at least initially. Instead of flowing in my mind, it really stood out to me and I had a hard time getting past it at first, but eventually the story seemed to flow with it a bit better, and I didn’t mind so much after I’d read a bit more of the book.

It’s really hard to talk about books that blew you away, but I loved how everything came together. Even though it’s been a week since I finished this book, Melanie is still in my head. I can’t stop thinking about her.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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