NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING.
Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.” Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant 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.
My rating: ★★★★★
Melanie may not bite but M.R. Carey does! From the first sentence to the last I couldn’t stop reading; it bit me and held on. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is science fiction, dystopian, thriller, and mystery all rolled into one. The reader only gets little nibbles of answers to the mystery but I like it and hate it at the same time. It keeps the anticipation going so you will keep reading but at the same time you want to yell at the book, “Just tell me already!” It’s wonderfully delicious!
I’m not going to give any of the plot away because I think not knowing anything gives the reader more of a thrill. I will say this, I did not see the very last part of the ending coming.
There is one plot point of this book that is ripped right out of a scientific journal which is why the book scared the crap out of me. I keep thinking this COULD happen. Nature finds a way. I’ve also seen this same bit of science mention on other TV shows like The Flash on the CW. OK, that’s it! I’m not going to say anymore.
The book is written in 3rd person but each chapter centers on one character’s thoughts and experiences. I really liked this because we could see into the minds of the characters as they fought their inner demons, between right and wrong and survival.
This book as become one of my top favorites. Anytime someone asks me what’s my favorite book this instantly pops into my head.