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My rating: 4 of 5

ebook, 460 pages
Horror, Zombies
Published June 19th 2014 by Orbit
Available on: Paperback, Hardcover, Audible, AudioCD

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If that book trailer above and that perfect yellow book cover doesn’t get a hold of your attention and make you want to read this book, I don’t know what I can say to change your mind. But I’ll give it a try.

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The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey is an excellent story about Melanie, a very special little girl, in a dystopian zombie filled world. Yes my friends, I said the magic word: Z O M B I E S! Melanie is a gifted 10 year-old. We meet her right away and it is impossible not to sympathize with her, as all the cruel and daily challenges she has faced all her life are revealed. The world in which Melanie lives is so much different than our actual world. The human race is becoming extinct as the “hungries” a.k.a. the zombies, take over the world. But the hungries are not the only danger for human kind.

…in these desolate landscapes. She feels for a sickening moment that she might be the last human being left alive on the face of a necrotic planet.

There’s also Ophiocordyceps, a fungus that is slowly taking over the world. I won’t say anything more about the plot because I don’t want to spoil your fun. But it’s good. It’s captivating from the get go.

This is a dark story filled with contrasts. It is scary, disgusting and gruesome at times, but it also has disturbingly endearing moments that make this an enjoyable reading ride. This is not your normal zombie story in which they are the abominable monsters that must be destroyed. Yes my friends, this book actually makes you consider and reflect on what would happen if the story was the other way around.

Another thing I like is that it is a realistic plot. I like stories that deal with futuristic labs and experimental scientific weapons. And those mentioned in the story were believable. Also, the fact that Ophiocordyceps is a real fungus was scary enough for me. Why would a fungus that feeds from ants and grows on their heads be scary for humans? Well, because of evolution. 😀 You never know what might happen. Mother Nature has pulled off some scary situations on us. After reading this book you’ll think that we must not take fungi for granted. Can I hear an Amen from mycologists? XD Sorry preppers if I gave you one more reason to be on alert!

The characters are great. Melanie is the star of the show. Like I said, it is impossible not to join her team from time to time as we follow her journey to survive. There is goodness and naiveté inside her. She’s only a little girl, but she’s brave and strong even though she’s been exposed to violence and abuse all her life. Her resilience was surprising for a 10 year-old and it was impossible not to care for her. The rest of the characters are well developed. I liked that there weren’t too many, which was just enough for this story. And it was nice that each character gets closure in the end.

I gave this book a raiting of 4 out of 5 because there were a couple of details that didn’t quite do it for me. One is a spoiler, so read it at your own risk. *SPOILER* Who has time to have fully satisfying romantic sex in a filthy contaminated environment with killer hungry zombies hunting you? *END SPOILER* The second is predictability. I predicted who would live in the end. But the great thing about the book was that nothing happened like I thought it would. I never imagined it would end like it did. And that in my humble opinion was Carey’s master move. Well played M. R. Carey!

The Girl with all the Gifts is a perfect summer read. Read this book if you’re into zombies. If you’re into thrilling horror dystopian science fiction stories, this is the book for you. If you’re in the mood for a story that will creep you out but you won’t be able to put down this is the book for you. If you like to read books before they are tuned into movies this is the book for you. Yes, this book’s movie is under production. Glenn Close is part of the cast for the film. You have time to read it before it hits theaters in 2016.

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This is not a lesson but a quote I found hilarious. It refers to old packaged biscuits the characters find abandoned. They are famished and decide to taste what they find to see if anything is edible. Turns out the packaged biscuits survived the test of time. Why would I find this hilarious? Well, I’m a Food Scientist and Technologist. 😀

Hydrogenated oils,” Justineau says, spraying crumbs. “Probably last until the heat death of the fucking universe.

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  • Smarminess adjective Excessively or unctuously flattering, ingratiating, servile, etc.
  • Thready adjective sounding thin, weak, or reedS
  • Dereliction noun The act of abandoning something.
  • Sentience noun Condition or character; capacity for sensation or feeling.
  • Flotsam noun Material or refuse floating on water.
  • Jackknifing verb To move rapidly at an abrupt angle.
  • Writhe verb. To twist the body about, or squirm, as in pain, violent effort, etc.
  • Limpet noun. Any of various marine gastropods with a low conical shell open beneath, often browsing on rocks at the shoreline and adhering when disturbed.
  • Torpid adjective. Inactive or sluggish.
  • Refusenik noun. A person who refuses to cooperate with a system or comply with a law because of a moral conviction.
  • Spavined adjective. Being of or marked by a decrepit or broken-down condition:
  • Coterie noun. A group of people who associate closely.
  • Carouse verb. To engage in a drunken revel:
  • Lathe noun. A machine for use in working wood, metal, etc., that holds the material and rotates it about a horizontal axis against a tool that shapes it.
  • Snide adjective. derogatory in a nasty, insinuating manner.
  • Neotenously adverb An organism’s ability to produce offspring in its larval or juvenile form; the elimination of the adult phase of the life cycle.
  • Abattoir noun. A slaughterhouse.
  • Atavistic adjective. Reverting or suggesting the reappearance in an individual of characteristics of some remote ancestor that have been absent in intervening generations.
 Definitions taken from Dictionary.com

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