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The Girl With All the Gifts

The Girl With All the Gifts

Book - 2014
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Not every gift is a blessing. 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. Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, The girl with all the gifts is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780356502731
0356502732
9780316278157
0316278157
9780316334754
Characteristics: 407 pages ; 24 cm

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A little girl who is detained by the military, restrained in a wheelchair, and goes to school
while heavily guarded doesn't truly understand why she is special until it is up to her to save the world.

Theatrical Release Date: September 23, 2016


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21221018293347
Apr 30, 2021

A great story, great characters that really touch your heart, even Dr. Cauldwell; fast paced, highly interesting, character development and the interactions of the relationship of the characters is nicely rounded. There is a sense of family and each striving to work together in their own way to reach their final destination. I really liked this book.

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trickbag22
Apr 16, 2021

My first time with this author. A twist on zombie stories gives more humanity and a reason for the “hungries” epidemic. A truly enjoyable and well written story about Melanie. A hungry with the capability of learning complex ideas. She is held in a cell with other similar children and experimented on to find a cure for the epidemic. Read this!

AndreaG_KCMO Dec 02, 2020

This action-packed book yanked me out of a reading rut. In the first dozen chapters the young protagonist captured my heart and her peril my imagination. I appreciated the character development and some unique details within the identifiable modern zombie storyline.

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FunnyPenny1
Jun 30, 2020

It was well written but just not a genre I find very interesting. More nuanced and less gory than most zombie apocalypse movies or books but I just couldn’t get through it.

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jenniferkuntz
Apr 09, 2020

Surprised how much I enjoyed this one as I don't usually go for zombie/post-apocolypse stories. This one was very sad and really hones in on what makes the characters so human and flawed.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 14, 2019

I really liked this. Another entry in the YA dystopia canon, but done very, very well. Gritty and moving, plot-driven and thought-provoking. And an excellent ending. It was a third person narrative but viewpoints switched from different characters, which was a very effective way to tell this particular story. It made it clear how wrong and how right each character was.

Mr. Carey, please don't let anyone talk you into writing a sequel. This ended perfectly.

lyndaclaire May 27, 2019

I watched the movie first and then decided to read the book, and thoroughly enjoyed both. To me it was a totally different take on the zombie genre and really made me think of what a different world could look like with intelligent zombies.

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jlandgraver722
May 25, 2019

I really liked this book! From beginning to end and the truth behind the possibilities of this happening in the future. The story will make you question the fine line between science and true humanity. The ending is so good. A really good twist. A story that if turned into a movie with the correct choice actors and actresses, could potentially be a huge hit!

HCL_staff_reviews Mar 05, 2019

The literary novel about the zombie apocalypse. Melanie spends her days under armed guard, going from her cell to her classroom, where a kind teacher tells students about a world they've never seen. A well written and original page turner with a deep examination of humanity and what it means to be human. Look forward to the twist at the end! — Lee B., Eden Prairie Library

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jreinfried
Feb 18, 2019

Sadly, this book was too boring for me to finish. Another great idea for a twist on a tired genre that tanked. Oh, well.

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Growing up and growing old. Playing. Exploring. Like Pooh and Piglet. And then like the Famous Five. And then like Heidi and Anne of Green Gables. And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both. Everything is always both.
But you have to open it to find that out.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“It’s like before the Breakdown people used to spend their whole lives making cocoons for themselves out of furniture and ornaments and books and toys and pictures and any kind of shit they could find. As though they hoped they’d be born out of the cocoon as something else.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Every adult grew from a kid who beat the odds. But at different times, in different places, the odds have been appallingly steep.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“the horror of the unknown is more frightening than any horror you can understand”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“The truth is the truth, the only prize worth having. If you deny it, you’re only showing that you’re unworthy of it.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“It’s not just Pandora who had that inescapable flaw. It seems like everyone has been built in a way that sometimes makes them do wrong and stupid things.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both. Everything is always both. But you have to open it to find that out.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Melanie thinks: when your dreams come true, your true has moved. You've already stopped being the person who had the dreams, so it feels more like a weird echo of something that already happened to you a long time ago.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“You can't save people from the world. There's nowhere else to take them.”

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nab1991
Dec 11, 2014

In an age of rust, she comes up stainless steel.

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TheRandomBoi
Feb 05, 2021

TheRandomBoi thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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kaylamerkel
Aug 24, 2016

kaylamerkel thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

DreamerDreamsOn Jan 28, 2016

DreamerDreamsOn thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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MsJoann
Apr 29, 2015

MsJoann thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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kaylamerkel
Aug 24, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: some chase scenes, some graphic descriptions of science experiments on people, gore

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kaylamerkel
Aug 24, 2016

Violence: your basic blood, guts, & horror

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kaylamerkel
Aug 24, 2016

Coarse Language: not excessive, but it's there

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albrown40
Jul 24, 2016

This is a different type of thriller that has a unique take on what happens when all the resources on the earth are used up and what everyone does to survive.

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