Review: The Girl with All the Gifts

The Girl with All the Gifts
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book #23 for 2015
PopSugar Challenge Criteria Met:
-A book set in the future
-A book that scares you

For somebody who isn’t really a fan of zombie lit, I sure have been reading a lot of it lately. Fortunately, there is a lot of really well written stuff out there now, and this book is an example of that. The backstory was subtle without feeling vague, and Carey executed an effective treatment of the post-apocalyptic setting. Even without providing lots of detail about the societal collapse, he made things feel consistent and realistic. After suffering through The Road earlier this year, I welcomed this kind of narrative.

Carey also presented the character development in an interesting manner, letting us as readers make assumptions based on other characters’ perspectives and then shattering those assumptions. It made for a fascinating dance of wills as the characters were forced to get to know and understand each other and their motivations in order to survive (or not).

Pretty early on, I had an inkling of the big twist. (view spoiler)

The story did drag in a few spots, especially in the second half of the book, which probably explains why it took so long for me to finish. The ending, though, provided both good, solid closure and a promise of hope. So if you find yourself getting a little frustrated in the second half, just push on through. This book certainly succeeds as zombie lit, but I would also recommend it to folks who don’t consider themselves fans of the genre, or even of other horror or science fiction stories. This story is ultimately about humanity and what a fluid concept it can be.

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