*An Audiobook Review
I found this book purely by accident! There's an account I follow on Twitter (@ScaryMoviesClip) that shows horror movie trailers. I happened to see a thumbnail for this one and there you have it. I viewed the trailer and knew it was a Must See! Now there are a few things in the movie that you'll immediately notice aren't the same in the book, but does it really matter? Does it...?
Let me start off by saying, the book is beautifully written. There are no zombie references and other commonly, overused phrases. The story is unlike the other apocalyptic ones I've read or seen before. Sadly, there are some issues because of what's called White Washing, but I don't care about that. The movie, in both the UK and US have received negative reviews as far as I can tell, but it won't stop me from watching myself, because now, I'm invested.
When you boil it all down, the book is about a girl who could be the answer to a cure for any survivors of a plague. All of London is gone; everyone's been dead so long; there's a soldier who never knew of the world before the fall. And the few that are alive, they're not the same.
A disease has taken root and it keeps you alive for a while, then you're a 'Hungry'. One who requires a particular taste yet senseless. When it comes to children, the disease is quite different; that's where the story kicks in. The military is doing their best to discover why children receive a different reaction, then come up with a way to eradicate the cause of it all: a viral fungus. But there's a catch and the solution isn't what one would call... an antidote.
The story is one of those where there's not a good ending, no matter what happens. I won't share any SPOILERS, but it's a situation where you walk away with one of those, "Oh- okay..." looking faces. The main focus of the story was pretty cool though.
The book seemed to really be longer than necessary, filled with a lot of unnecessary dialogue. And then there's a subplot, similar to Lord of the Flies, which added to the danger, but it could have gone another way. There wasn't much of the action I thought would be there, but when things did happen, it was pretty gruesome.
I liked those parts most!
The Girl with all the Gifts, by M. R. Carey, is interesting but not as good as I'd hoped it would be. I expected more and it just didn't come through. When it ended, I was like: "Wow... okay. I get it, but (shrug)... okay." Yeah, it was like that for real. If you're a Carey fan, then you'll love it. I enjoyed the fact that it was in London, but London was destroyed and that's not cool. No sir, not at all. LOL I will, however, see the movie, because like I said, I'm invested now.
I'm off to the next book!📚
*Shutter is next.
The Girl With All the Gifts
M. R. Carey
June 10, 2014
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