The Girl With All The Gifts

The Girl With All The Gifts : The most original thriller you will read this year

3.95 (215,283 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.95 (215,283 ratings by Goodreads)

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The phenomenal million-copy bestseller that is also a BAFTA Award-nominated movie


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 is a very special girl.

Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.

'If you only read one novel this year, make sure it's this one' Martina Cole

'As fresh as it is terrifying' Joss Whedon

'A great read that takes hold of you and doesnt let go' - John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

*Look out THE BOOK OF KOLI - the start of a breathtakingly original new trilogy from M. R. Carey*
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 201 x 159 x 35mm | 353g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 9780356500157
  • 13,319

Review Text

Original, thrilling and powerful GUARDIAN
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Review quote

Original, thrilling and powerful * GUARDIAN * Haunting, heartbreaking * VOGUE * As fresh as it is terrifying -- Joss Whedon, screenwriter, film and television producer If you only read one novel this year, make sure it's this one, it's amazing -- No. 1 bestselling author Martina Cole A great read that takes hold of you and doesnt let go * John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN * Vividly memorable and unexpectedly poignant * METRO * Keeps you on tenterhooks as the action unfolds * ELLE magazine * A masterpiece * SUN * Glorious * Bryony Gordon, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH * Complex,heartbreaking, hopeful and intelligently written . . . Enigmatic and utterly gripping * HARPER'S BAZAAR * Scary, tense and fast-paced . . . but with a heart-warming tenderness * MARIE CLAIRE * Brilliant . . . Gripping right to the end * SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author Carole Matthews * Heartbreaking and shocking * FABULOUS (SUN magazine) * Both tender and devastating, a page-turner which kept me guessing up to the very last scene, as well as a meditation on what it means to be human . . . Fantastically enjoyable * Naomi Alderman, multi-award winning novelist * A gripping, moving novel that comes highly recommended * SCIFINOW * It was hard to quit reading such a compelling, intense book * * I often forgot to breathe while I was turning the pages * BOOKTOPIA * A heartbreaking and haunting story that is beautifully written * MINDFOOD * This innovative and pacy read gets to the heart of what it means to be human * PSYCHOLOGIES * Perfectly paced with a brilliant ending * Samantha Shannon, author of THE BONE SEASON * Carey paints a picture of a world teetering on the edge . . . I was tempted to read the entire book in one sitting * BOING BOING *
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About M. R. Carey

M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts has sold over a million copies and became a major motion picture, based on his own BAFTA Award-nominated screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times bestseller list. He also has several previous novels including the Felix Castor series (written as Mike Carey), two radio plays and a number of TV and movie screenplays to his credit.
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Rating details

3.95 out of 5 stars
- 215,283 ratings
5 31% (67,013)
4 41% (89,022)
3 20% (44,112)
2 5% (10,980)
1 2% (4,156)

Our customer reviews

This book is the story of 10 year old Melanie, her struggle to discover both who she is and the world around her. I really can't say much more without spoiling it. The book's synopsis does not say much for good reason and so I suggest you skip any reviews with spoilers, because it is a lot more fun to discover Melanie's world by her own words - well, thoughts and feelings/impressions would be more accurate, since it is not narrated in the first person but it does seem to describe a 10 year old's point of view, which is part of the reason why this book is so engaging and you just have to keep flipping the pages. I can however say that, to me, it is a book about love, on one hand, and what makes a person human, on the other hand. It is a powerful book and will at the same time entertain you, grip you, thrill you and make you think. It will also make you feel. Not just one particular character but most of them. While I was reading it, I made a note: "Intense. Gripping. Damn brillant. I have barely been able to put it down since I first picked it up. When I do have to, I find myself blinking a few times to ascertain where I am and what I am supposed to be doing. If that's not a clear sign of how awesome this book is, I don't know what is." The storyline is extremely well developed and the ending is adequate, just right actually and made perfect sense. I devoured this book for good reason. I recomend it to everyone and suggest you pick it up as soon as you more
by Ana Silva
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