The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R Carey {Book Review}


The girl with all the gifts book review

"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 loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

The Girl with All the Gifts is a sensational thriller, perfect for fans of Stephen King, Justin Cronin, and Neil Gaiman."

The girl with all the gifts review

I picked this book up in a charity shop for 90 pence! What an absolute bargain this book was! I have heard so much about this book, it's been all over Youtube and blogs. It comes recommended if you're a fan of Neil Gaiman, which I am. I loved 'Ocean at the end of the lane.'

Based in Britain after the outbreak of zombies. This story follows the story of a young girl 'Melanie' every day is the same. Go to class, go back to her cell. Except on Sunday's - That's shower day. Sergent Parks comes for Melanie one day and her whole world changes. As does Sergent parks and Miss Jusineau's. Along with the doctor! Melanie adores Miss Justineau and would do just about anything to save her and stop her being hurt... 

An absolute gripping story I did not want to put down. Beautifully written, too! This story is a cross between the walking dead and World War Z (although I'm yet to read World War Z). It is an amazing story with twists and turns and kept me on the edge of my seat. It's kind of disgustingly disturbing in places and brutal and all the things I usually don't like to read BUT I love zombies and apocalyptic programs/T.V shows. I am SO glad I read this book. Amazing! I connected well with the characters, especially Miss J. The chapters are mostly fairly short and it's very easy to read! This book is like something I have never read before, it's one of the best books I have read this year. I can not wait to see the movie!
On the back of the cover it's got snippets from various people with there opinion on the book. Martina Cole said "If you read one book this year, let it be this" YES! Just YES! As it also says on the back of the cover "Takes hold of you and doesn't let you go" Ab-so-freaking-lutely.
I rated this book five stars. I truly loved it and can't think of anything negative to say.

What have you read lately? :) 

Sarah xXx

A Cornish Mum
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  1. I've not heard of this but I love Neil Gaiman so will definitely be giving this a go! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWIthMe

  2. I've been thinking about buying this book for a while, and you may have just convinced me to do so. Have you read Warm Bodies? It's a zombie book, but really quite different from anything else. Short but sweet. I've been reading a few books recently - one on my kindle by Rachel Vincent (which I can't remember the name of right now) and the awesome vamp series by Laurell K Hamilton. I'm very much into Urban Fantasy, and I especially love werewolf, vamp, fantasy creature type stuff.


  3. I love reading your book reviews. I'd be interested in buying this for my hubby. He really is into this kind of story and especially ones with twists :) Angela - The Inspiration Edit

  4. I listened to this on Audible while driving and loved it!

  5. oooh I LOVE Neil Gaiman so I will try and pick this up. Will be perfect for my week off soon, lovely to relax with a good book.

  6. This sounds like a good new read. I can totally imagine myself reading it all night until finished.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  7. I don't normally like thrillers but this sounds quite interesting x

  8. I love picking up bargain pre-loved books to read... not that I read that much anymore. There's something wonderfully social about stories. This sounds quite exciting!

  9. I tried to read this about a year ago now and just couldn't get into it, but I think I'll try again :-)

  10. A cross between World War Z and Walking Dead. Now that sounds like an excellent book to read x

  11. Sounds like a good read! I've been considering to buy it for a while, I guess I should just do it.

  12. I read this book ages and ages ago and loved it. I went to see the film a few weeks back and was not too impressed. The book is much better!

  13. Oooh you know what, you were telling me about this and i know how much you enjoyed it but the size of it has had me think 'hmm not sure i'll read it' haha but your actual review- i'm really wanting to read this now!! now on my TBR LOL and we'll have to watch the ilm and compare together too! xx

  14. This sounds like a fantastic book :) I have really got into reading again so may have to get this for me x

  15. I am always looking for good books to add to my ever growing books to read on Goodreads!

  16. I love the sound of this! I'm too big a wimp for horror films and zombies on the screen, but I can cope with it in books ha. Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x


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