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Review: The Girl With All the Gifts 01: The Girl With All the Gifts

Rating: 3 out of 5.


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 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. – Goodreads


On the one hand this book is fast paced, enjoyable and I liked how believable the cause of the zombie infection was. On the other, nothing really blew me away in it nor did I love/really care about any of the characters. I stood fairly neutral on all of the them, which is better than hating everyone, true, but not that much better.

That is what kept me from giving this 4 stars, because otherwise the book is fairly solid and does add some good, interesting, and original ideas to the zombie genre itself. However, I’ve seen the whole what-makes-us-human topic done a lot better.

I also have to give this book credit for not feeling like a Walking Dead rip off – even though I had literally just finished watching the entire show over a 3 week stretch prior to reading this.

Bottom line: if you like zombies, absolutely check this one out. Just don’t be expecting it to be the “book of the year.”