Narrator: Finty Williams
Length: 13 hours & 4 minutes
NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING.
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 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.
The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.
Damn. That was one hell of an ending.
Zombie horror hasn't been a genre I've spent any time exploring. But I absolutely loved this book. From the origins of the zombie plague, to the five main characters individual predicaments to the resolution, I found the story very interesting and a bit frightening. Melanie was hard not to like. Justineau was easy to sympathize for. Caldwell was easy to despise; Gallagher easy to pity. And Sargent easy to hate, then understand, and then like. The balance of gore, character introspection and plot blended together really well. I especially liked how the narration switched from character to character without deviating from the plot, but gave it more color with each characters distinct point of view.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves the genre or at least wants to give it a go. Has made me curious what else is out there. Perhaps I should try The Walking Dead...