The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.
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.
Melanie is a very special girl.
I picked up this book at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, CA after asking for a good zombie book. As I've mentioned before, I'm reading nothing but zombie books this summer, and this was by far one of the best books I've read all year.
Melanie is a young girl who spends her days strapped in a wheel chair with a muzzle over her mouth. Other than the fact that she and the other young students are "hungries" she seems like any other normal child. That's the problem. Most hungries are your typical brainless, rotting flesh zombies. But these kids are smart, strong, and healthy. Which is why they are part of a very important research project on a protected military base, one of the last spots in England untouched by the plague.
But when the walls are breeched by a horde of zombies, Melanie escapes along with her favorite teacher, two military personal, and the doctor intent on dissecting Melanie's brain for research. What follows is a harrowing journey through zombie-infested cities as they try to make it back to civilization alive.
This story is remarkable, fast-paced, shocking, and sickeningly entertaining. I couldn't stop turning the pages. And the ending is not at all what I expected. A book anyone, even non-zombie lovers, can enjoy. Melanie is one of those characters that will stay with you long after you close the book's cover.