Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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

Publisher: Orbit
Pages: 460
Received: Received a copy from Hachette Book Group in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: June 19, 2014
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Goodreads Synopsis:

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. The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

My Review:

I don't fully know what to say about this book, it was very different than what I was expecting to get from it, and yet I found the story to be very compelling. It was a bit difficult to get into the book in the beginning, but I was intrigued by Melanie's voice and learning more about what exactly is happening, why these children are being kept in cells and what the gifts are that they have. I found this to be a very slow-building story and it is hard to keep some readers' attention.

I did enjoy the story and it was thrilling at times, but I did find myself losing interest because there were parts that seemed to drag on. I think Carey did that to really hype up the more thrilling parts of the book. The story moves between the voices of Melanie, Dr. Caldwell, and a couple of other scientists working on this secret project. I absolutely loved reading Melanie's sections of the book, you could truly feel what she was going through and how scared she was of everything because she doesn't understand why she is here or what is happening. On top of that, Melanie has a strength to her that really keeps the story going. As scared as she is, Melanie works hard to prove that she is different, she loves her teacher and feels a connection because this woman is so maternal towards her.

I was surprised by a few turns the story took, especially more towards the ending, the idea of why these children were special interested me, but it took the entire story for that to come out, and then it seemed to end. A part of me wishes that there was a bit more to Melanie's story after things are discovered. I really loved the relationship Melanie has with Miss Helen Justineau, her teacher. Melanie changes Helen's view on what is happening and has her believing that something may not be right with what is going on. This is a book that needs to be read at the right time and it will be a beautiful story that many will love. It is a heartbreaking and thrilling story (despite the few slow parts), with characters that you will both love and hate and they will all come to touch your heart in many ways. Melanie is not a character I can forget anytime soon.

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