Zombies are the new vampires it seems. Series, movies, books, everything is on zombies. And while they scare the crap out of me, The Girl With All The Gifts reinvents the zombie-storyline completely.
I don’t know why, but zombie-stories (and even worse zombie-films/series) scare me and give me nightmares (but to be honest, most horror-movies do). But The Girl With All The Gifts is a bit different. Where zombies can still infect other humans, the virus is known and very real. Which would make the story more scary, but the main character Melanie makes everything better.
Where a normal zombie-story is based on adrenaline and action, The Girl With All The Gifts is not. Sure it has the occasional thrill-seeking moments in which humans are chased by zombies, but that is not what The Girl With All The Gifts is about. It tells the story of Melanie, a little girl who you get to know more and more. And the more you know her, the more you love her. But this main character might be a bit stranger than you expected.
The Girl With All The Gifts is different from other zombie-books in one other way as well. Scientists know exactly how people became zombies and how they are infected. They just don’t have a cure yet. This book has some hightech science-talk in it, which is challenging on the brain but very interesting and it adds another layer besides those of Melanie. Because of that, this book is interesting for all kinds of readers. Tech-smart nerds, fantasy/scifi lovers, and people who just want an easy but truly hartwarming young-adult book to read and to lose yourself into.
The Girl With All The Gifts
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.
Mike Carey. The Girl With All The Gifts / Orbit Books / 9780356500157